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The SOE understands that students applying to our programs will have COVID-affected grades and we will not consider those grades a weakness in any student's application. Just as we have seen with the preK-12 students and teachers with whom we work, this crisis unequally affects our population. We understand that there are numerous reasons students may not wish to unmask grades this semester, and we are supportive of the University's decision to establish grading as they have. We are looking for a diverse population of students to become our nation's educators.

At this time, the School of Education does not offer degrees that are fully completed online. However, the School offers free and affordable, high-quality online courses/programs that do not require admission to the University. Those who successfully complete the MicroMasters in Educational Innovation and Improvement and are admitted to the School of Education can be granted advanced standing that will reduce the credit-hour requirements for a master’s degree in Educational Studies.

Questions about residency can be answered by the U-M Office of the Registrar.

Undergraduate Programs

For current University of Michigan students interested in secondary teacher certification, it is possible to stay in your current unit and receive your degree through that unit while obtaining teacher certification through the School of Education. Secondary teacher candidates electing to do so are responsible for meeting both the degree requirements for their home unit and certification requirements through the School of Education. In some cases, those requirements can and do differ. For example, a math major in in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has slightly different coursework requirements and teacher certification requirements, in terms of coursework, and is responsible for understanding those different requirements and fulfilling both.

Master's Programs

The university’s GRE code is 1839.

The program you are in will determine whether or not you can complete the degree part-time. Some programs are on a fixed schedule to degree completion, which makes it difficult to complete a degree on a part-time basis. Others are more flexible. Please consult your program to learn more about your options.

No. Graduate students in the School of Education come from diverse educational backgrounds.

Teacher Certification

Secondary Teacher Education
The secondary teacher education program prioritizes learning about issues of diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity in teaching. We aim for all interns to experience teaching and learning in a variety of school contexts and become effective teachers of students from diverse backgrounds. Therefore, interns are placed in a range of clinical experience placements that require travel as much as 45 miles from the School of Education.

Interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from their placement sites and should keep this expense in mind when calculating their educational expenses. It is expected that interns have independent reliable transportation to ensure their ability to adequately access the schools with whom we partner for clinical experiences.

No. At this time, special education is not among the many endorsement areas we offer. Please visit the complete list of endorsement areas for elementary teachers and secondary teachers.