Applying to the Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Education Program

The application process for the undergraduate teacher education programs depends upon what type of applicant you are. Our bachelor's programs begin in the third year (commonly known as the junior year).

Incoming freshmen apply to the University of Michigan for entrance to another of the university's schools (usually the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Kinesiology; or Music, Theatre, and Dance) and we encourage them to sign-up for the Preferred Admissions program—these students then complete their first two years at the university while receiving advising from the School of Education, before transfering to our program at the beginning of their junior year.

Students who are already enrolled at the University of Michigan may apply to transfer to the School of Education as a junior. This is known as a "cross-campus transfer."

Students from other institutions may also apply to transfer to the School of Education.

Prospective students who hold a bachelor's degree may earn a second bachelor's degree and recommendation for provisional teaching certification. Second-bachelor-degree students are eligible to transfer in 94 credits from their previous bachelor's degree, enabling them to complete a second bachelor's degree in one and a half years. They should apply as transfer students.

All students interested in teacher certification programs should attend a teacher education information session to learn more about the benefits of getting teacher certification at the University of Michigan, about our undergraduate certification programs, and more about the application process. Please check our calendar for upcoming information session dates.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for the undergraduate teacher education program can be found on our application deadlines page.

How to Apply


If you are a student new to the University of Michigan, go to www.admissions.umich.edu/drupal/apply and select Start your Application on the right-hand side.


You will complete The Common Application, including a School of Education Additional Information section. As part of the application process you will either upload or be given instructions for submitting these materials:


1. Official transcripts
2. Three letters of recommendation (see detailed instructions below)
3. An essay in which you describe the unique qualities that attracted you to the field of education and specifically to the School of Education teacher certification program
4. A current resume that outlines work experience and history, particularly experience with children
5. *For Secondary applicants only:

A second essay in response to the following prompts:

If you are a current University of Michigan student, go to www.admissions.umich.edu/drupal/apply and select Change of College/School on the left hand side. Once you have collected all of the necessary documents continue to the bottom of the Change of College/School page and click Start Application.


As part of the application process you will either upload or be given instructions for submitting these materials:


1. Non-University of Michigan transcript(s) (official)
2. Three letters of recommendation (see detailed instructions below)
3. An essay in which you describe the unique qualities that attracted you to the field of education and specifically to the School of Education teacher certification program
4. *For Secondary applicants only:
A second essay in response to the following prompts:

5. A current resume that outlines work experience and history, particularly experience with children
 

Letters of Recommendation

The School of Education requires three letters of recommendation: one from a college or university instructor who can address your academic abilities and two from individuals capable of assessing your ability and potential to become a successful teacher. The first letter must come from a college or university instructor in your teaching major.

All letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (300 Student Activities Building, 515 East Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316).

Admissions Criteria

Applications will be considered based on these criteria:

1. Minimum GPA of 2.50
2. Letters of recommendation
3. The application essay and the essay related to your proposed teaching major
4. Resume
5. For non-UM students: High school SAT/ACT scores (from high school transcript) and all non-UM transcripts, including fall term grades
6. Ability to complete 54 semester hours before you enter the program

In addition to meeting these requirements, prospective students are strongly encouraged to gain experience with children prior to entering the program (e.g., tutor, camp counselor, teacher aide).

Questions?

If you have questions about the application process, please email SOE.UG.Admissions@umich.edu or call the Teacher Education office at 734.615.1528.

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