Secondary Teacher Education

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General Studies Requirements

The required credits are based on a student’s degree program.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE from the School of Education*

Humanities: 12 credits, including English Comp/FYWR

Natural Science/Math: 12 credits

Social Science: 12 credits

BACHELOR’S DEGREE from another UM School/College (ex.LSA, SMTD)**

A specific distribution of general studies courses is not required for certification-only students. As long as a students meet the distribution requirements of their home unit, the School of Education is satisfied.

*Also applies to students earning a 2nd Bachelor’s Degree.
** Also applies to students who already hold a Bachelor’s degree from another institution and are pursuing certification only through the School of Education.

Content Area Requirements: Teaching Majors and Minors

The State of Michigan requires that all teacher certification candidates have a teaching major. A teaching minor is optional. We have outlined general studies requirements and designed teaching majors and minors to benefit from the University of Michigan's rich academic resources while meeting State of Michigan requirements for standard certification. Teaching Interns in the undergraduate secondary teacher education program choose from the following teaching majors and minors:

Teaching Majors Teaching Minors
Biology Biology
Chemistry Chemistry
Earth/Space Science Earth/Space Science
Economics Economics
English English
French French
German German
History History
Integrated Science Italian
Latin Latin
Mathematics Mathematics
Music Education
The music education major provides K-12 teacher certification. A minor in music education is not available. To learn about the requirements of the music education program, please contact the program directly:
Physics Political Science
Political Science Psychology
Social Studies Comprehensive Spanish

Professional and Pedagogical Preparation

Each semester the focus of the professional coursework changes and adds to your evolving base of knowledge and understanding. The undergraduate secondary teacher education program includes two semesters of practicum and one semester of student teaching. There is a different focus for practicum each semester based on the course of study and emerging themes for that term.


As a student in a professional program, clinical or field experience—experience in the real settings and circumstances of your chosen profession—is an essential part of your preparation. In the first two terms, you will, typically as part of a pair, spend six to eight hours per week in classrooms—observing the classroom in action, collecting data on student learning, and teaching practice in conjunction with your coursework, and contributing to instruction by tutoring, coteaching, and planning with cooperating teachers and your university partners.

The culminating field experience is the student teaching term, in which you will follow the calendar and schedule of your placement classroom for a period of 14-15 weeks. During this experience, you will spend five days per week for the full school day immersed in the classroom. You will slowly and deliberately take on all aspects of instructional responsibility, building toward lead teaching when you will be responsible for most or all aspects of the school experience for your grade 7-12 students.

School Partnerships

We have established and continue to promote partnerships with schools that have made commitments to collaborating in the education of future teachers. These schools serve youth who encompass a wide range of socioeconomic and academic backgrounds and reflect the racial and cultural diversity of public schools today. Placements in Detroit are available for those interested in learning more about urban education.

Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Education Program Course Sequence

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
EDUC 307 (2) "Practicum in Teaching Methods"* EDUC 307 (2) "Practicum in Teaching Methods" EDUC 302 (10) "Directed Teaching in the Secondary School"
EDUC 391 (3) "Educational Psychology and Human Development" EDUC 402 (3) "Reading and Writing in Content Areas" EDUC 304 (2) "Seminar: Problems and Principles in the Secondary School"
EDUC 392 (3) "Educational Foundations in a Multicultural Society" EDUC 4XX (3) Methods for Major EDUC 445 (1) Students with Exceptionalities
  EDUC 4XX (1) Methods for Minor (depending on teaching minor) EDUC 446 (1) Teaching with Digital Technologies (6-12) [or EDUC 490 in previous term]
  EDUC 490 (1) Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy in the Middle Years [or EDUC 446 in semester three]  
Semester Total: 8 credits Semester Total: 8-10 credits Semester Total: 13-14 credits
Program Total: 30-31 credits
* Music Education Students will not take EDUC 307 or EDUC 302/304. Students will register for an equivalent experience through their major unit.

Criminal Background Check

Before 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 about completing each step of the criminal background check.

Blood-Borne Pathogens Training

Before 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.

Licensure in Michigan

In 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 Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) and relevant subject-area tests.

CPR & First Aid Training

Michigan 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)

Subject Area Tests

The subject area tests should not be taken before your final year in the program. We recommend that you wait until you have completed most or all of your major and minor university-based coursework before attempting the subject area tests.

Secondary and K-12 candidates: Before being recommended to the state for teacher certification, you must take and pass the subject area tests in your teaching major(s) and minor(s). As a secondary Teaching Intern you can expect to take at least three MTTC tests while in our program.

World Languages Teaching Interns

World languages teacher certification students are required to take and pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) test in their teaching major and/or minor before they can be recommended for certification. Contact Dr. Maria Coolican ( to arrange your test date.