Secondary Teacher Certification

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Consider spending an intellectually engaging and challenging year acquiring a teaching certificate and a master of arts degree in education. As a student in the Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program at the University of Michigan, you will work closely with a cohort of fellow students and faculty as you develop the essential knowledge and skills that will transform you into an effective and caring teacher. As part of the dynamic process, you will participate in university and school-based experiences that will enable you to meet the challenges facing today's educators. You will have the opportunity, should you desire, to concentrate on teaching for social justice in an urban setting.

Would you like to make a significant and meaningful difference in the lives of young people?

This program, like all of the School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (Rackham) (as are most non-professional graduate degrees at the university). Rackham offers a host of resources and support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree. We encourage you to follow these steps to begin the application process.

Register as a prospective studentand obtain a UMID (University of Michigan ID) number. Having a UMID number will aid in the processing of your application.

Complete a Request for a Coursework Evaluation.Submit the request for a coursework evaluation along with accompanying transcript(s) prior to submitting all other application materials. Your transcript(s) will be evaluated to ascertain that you have met all general education and teaching major and minor course prerequisites. There is no charge for this evaluation. Note that an evaluation may take four weeks to be completed.

Complete the Rackham online application.Review the master of arts with certification application checklist to ensure you submit a complete application. Please note the academic statement of purpose, personal statement of purpose, resume, and letters of recommendation must be submitted using the online application system. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Submit your GRE scores. Test scores must be sent electronically to Rackham Graduate School (institution code: 1839) through Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Submit your transcripts. All applicants are required to mail one set of transcripts (in their sealed institutional envelope) for all previous bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and doctoral degrees

The Year at a Glance

The Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program is designed to be completed in four terms over 12 months. All Secondary Master of Arts with Certification students attend full-time.

NOTE: The Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program schedule varies from the UM calendar to accommodate school district calendars and program needs.

Last week of June: Orientation for all Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program students.

July and August: Students complete two university courses and participate in an externship experience several mornings each week.

Late August: Students meet with their assigned cooperating teachers and assist them with preparations for the school year.

September through December: Students work several days per week in their placement classrooms, attend seminar, complete a methods course in their academic major courses, complete their cognates, and begin other education coursework.

January through April: Students are fully immersed in their student teaching, taking on the schedule of the cooperating teacher with whom they worked throughout the fall term. This means students are usually in schools all day, all week. Students also take two university courses in the late afternoon or early evening.

May and June: Student teaching continues until the end of the public school calendar, and one university course is taken. The course is completed by the end of May.

Required Courses
  • (3 credits) "Reading and Writing in Content Areas"
  • (3 credits) "Topics in Professional Education"
  • (3 credits) "Teaching with Technology"
  • (2 credits) "Records of Practice I"
  • (2 credits) "Records of Practice II"
  • (3 credits) "Developmental and Psychological Perspectives on Education"
  • (3 credits) "Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform"
  • (8 credits) "Reflective Teaching Field Experience"
  • (1-3 credits) "Directed Research in Educational Studies"
  • (3 credits) "Research and Educational Practice"
  • (3 credits) Methodology course for academic major
  • Two cognate courses (3 credits each) [A cognate is a graduate-level course offered outside the School of Education.]
Blood-Borne Pathogens TrainingBefore you begin the program, you are required to complete training to handle blood-borne pathogens To complete the blood-borne pathogens training go to the Global Compliance Network website. For instructions on accessing the training module on the site and completing the training, please see the Blood-Borne Pathogens Training Instructions sheet. Training typically takes 30 minutes or less.Criminal Background CheckBefore you are eligible to begin the Teacher Education program you must take steps to satisfy criminal background check requirements for the School of Education and for the school district(s) in which you will be placed. You will receive instructions from your program coordinator for completing the criminal background check. Licensure in MichiganIn addition to the requirements of our program, the State of Michigan has requirements with which you must comply in order to receive teacher certification. These requirements are applicable to all of the teacher certification programs within the state. These requirements include CPR (child and adult) and first aid training; and successful completion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) and relevant subject-area tests.CPR & First Aid TrainingMichigan Public Act 18 of 2003 requires all Teaching Interns to be certified in CPR (child and adult) and first aid prior to being recommended for teacher certification. The legislation stipulates that this training must be completed through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)The MTTC Professiona Readiness Exam and Subject Area tests are designed and administered by the Michigan Department of Education, and are meant to ensure that each certified teacher has the necessary basic skills and subject-area knowledge to serve in Michigan schools. The MTTC program currently consists of subject-area tests, including the world language tests, and a PRE. The subject-area tests comprise multiple-choice questions, except for the world language tests, which comprise both multiple-choice questions and two or more constructed-response assignments. The PRE includes multiple-choice questions in the Reading and Mathematics sections and a constructed-response assignment in the Writing section.The PRE is offered every month; four times a year in a paper format for $50.00 and nine times a year at Pearson Testing Centers as an on-line test for $130. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 84

Brownlee Forgivable Loan The loan was established by Donald S. & Floydene Beardslee Brownlee to provide need-based student loan support to exemplary full-time master’s students who attend the School of Education (SOE) at the University of Michigan. The loan obligation is cancelled if the recipient fullfills an obligation to teach full-time at the kindergarten through 12th grade level. Documentation that the recipient taught for a period of one year must be presented to the Univrsity's Loan Collection Office within two years of graduation from the University of Michigan. Additional information about the loan wil be presented upon offer of our forgivable loan.

Levi L. Barbour Fellowship for Women from the Orient In 1914 the bequest of Levi L. Barbour established a scholarship program at the University of Michigan for women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the lands extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east) to study modern science, medicine, mathematics and other academic disciplines and professions critical to the development of their native lands.

Private Scholarships Many private scholarships for college students are offered each year by a variety of organizations. These scholarships can range in amount from small honorariums to thousands of dollars. To be considered, students must meet the eligibility criteria specified by the donor or sponsor and complete a scholarship application (if required). Please click on the following sites to learn more about or Additionally, the Office of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan has a listing of their private scholarship awards. Click on to learn more.

Rackham Graduate School administers fellowships, grants, and scholarships for which you may be eligible.

The Rackham Master's Award is a competitive award open to newly admitted students in a Rackham graduate degree program; it provides three semesters of funding that includes tuition, two full semesters of fees and living expenses, and an academic year of health and dental insurance.

The Center for the Education of Women may have funding for you if you've been out of school for eight months or longer.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program has funding from the National Science Foundation to make significant financial awards for the 2014-2015 academic year to University of Michigan Secondary Master of Arts with Teacher Certification students who are interested in teaching in high-needs urban or rural school districts. The $30,000 funding opportunities exist for those who majored in and desire to teach science, technology, engineering, or math.

Emergency Funding

The Center for the Education of Women offers Critical Difference Grants for students in emergency situations.

Rackham Graduate School administers a Student Emergency Fund to help in case of medical, dental, or mental health emergencies for yourself or, in some circumstances, for your immediate family members.

The School of Education may have resources for students in emergency situations.

Financial Aid

A Child Care Subsidy may be available to you if you're a parent with child care expenses.

The university's Office of Financial Aid has information about various loan programs for which you may be able to apply.

A Teach Grant comes from a federal program in which students receive grants if they commit to, following graduation, teaching in a high-need subject in a school serving low-income students.

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