Master's Elementary Teacher Certification Requirements
The rich experiences of students in the Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program are in part based upon unique features of the program:
Cohorts—You will be a member of a 20-25 person Elementary Master of Arts with Certification cohort for the 12-month program. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn in the company of other interns who are working in similar contexts and develop a network of colleagues who bring multiple perspectives to the field of education. You will examine the tensions between the theories and practices learned in your courses and the realities of everyday life in classrooms in your regular interactions with faculty, experienced teachers, and Elementary Master of Arts with Certification cohort colleagues. Students in this program typically span an age range from 22 to 55 and have a broad variety of work and life experiences. Many interns are parents; all have had significant experiences with children.
Full-year internship in an elementary classroom—You will choose a grade level and placement in an elementary school with urban and/or working-class characteristics (districts include Plymouth/Canton and Ann Arbor).At this school you will develop the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of children from a range of social, cultural, economic, and linguistic backgrounds. At your school will be three to six other Elementary Master of Arts with Certification interns teaching K-8 grade students.
In late August you will begin working with your cooperating teacher, planning for the year and assisting in setting up the classroom before school starts in the fall. You'll continue to work with the same students and cooperating teacher throughout the school year. Your work will also be supported by a field instructor from the university who will regularly plan with you, observe your teaching, conduct seminar sessions with you and fellow interns, and assist you in becoming a skilled professional.
The State of Michigan requires that all teacher certification candidates have one or two teaching majors in order to be recommended for teacher certifiction. To develop the deep and broad knowledge necessary to teach, each teaching major is comprised of a coherent program of study. Teacher candidates in the ELMAC program choose from the following teaching majors:
General Studies Requirement
Due to the intensive nature of the Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program, candidates are expected to have all of the coursework necessary for the required teaching major(s) and minor completed prior to beginning the program.
A coursework evaluation must be done using transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution attended (including community colleges) to help determine what certification major and minor will be most appropriate for you. A Request for a Coursework Evaluation should be submitted as early as possible. There is no cost for this evaluation.
The Year at a Glance
The Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program is designed to be completed in four terms over 12 months. All Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program students attend full-time.
Note: The Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program schedule varies from the U-M calendar to accommodate school district calendars and program needs.
Last week of June — Orientation for all Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program students.
July and August — Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program students take three university courses and participate in site visits and teaching in a summer elementary school program.
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 a week in classrooms, attend seminar, and complete university courses, including one of their cognates.
January — Students spend the month on campus, focusing on university coursework.
February and March — Students return to their internship classrooms, for full-time student teaching.
April — Students lead teach. Working closely with their cooperating teachers, Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program students take the lead in planning and teaching all subject matter areas for three-to-four weeks.
May and June — Students teach in school classrooms several days each week and take two more courses to complete their program.
- EDUC 401 (3 credits) "Developmental Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary School"
- EDUC 403 (3 credits) "Individualizing Reading and Writing Instruction in Elementary Classrooms"
- EDUC 604 (3 credits) "The School Curriculum"
- EDUC 649 (3 credits) "Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform"
- EDUC 431 (3 credits) "Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary School"
- EDUC 650 (12 credits) "Reflective Teaching Experience"
- EDUC 510 (3 credits) "Teaching and Learning"
- EDUC 695 (3 credits) "Research and Educational Practice"
- EDUC 518 (3 credits) "Workshop on Teaching Mathematics"
- Two cognate courses (3 credits each) For most students, the summer cognate course is MATH 485 ("Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers"), and the fall cognate course is EDUC/ELI593 ("Educational Linguistics")
- EDUC 528 (3 credits) "Workshop on the Teaching of Science"
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.
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. This will include performing a search of your public record via the Internet Criminal History Access Tool to satisfy the School of Education requirements and being fingerprinted by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District to satisfy district requirements. You will receive instructions from your program coordinator about the process for completing the criminal background check.
Licensure in Michigan
CPR & First Aid Training
Michigan Public Act 18 of 2003 requires all teacher candidates 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 Basic Skills 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 basic skills test. 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 Basic Skills test includes multiple-choice questions in reading and mathematics and a constructed-response assignment in writing.
The Basic Skills and Elementary Education tests are offered every month; five times a year in a paper format for $49 and seven times a year at Pearson Testing Centers as an on-line test for $130. The subject area tests are offered five times a year in the paper format for a cost of $73.
Dates and locations of the tests as well as registration information and practice tests are available on the MTTC website: www.mttc.nesinc.com
Subject Area Tests:
Elementary Teaching Major and Teaching Minor Tests: Elementary MAC students must register and take the MTTC test in their teaching major and minor on or before the January test date in the year they complete the program. We strongly recommend that you complete this requirement prior to beginning your program.
Elementary Education Test: Elementary MAC students must register and take the Elementary Education test on or before the April test date in the year they complete the program.
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