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—Field placements are arranged by the Clinical Experiences Coordinator through a thoughtful, well established process that involves attention to the key variables that support a successful teaching internship. 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. 

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.

Teaching Majors

The State of Michigan requires that all teacher certification candidates have an academic teaching major in order to be recommended for teacher certification.  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:

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 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.

June Program begins 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.

Program Coursework

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. You will receive instructions from your program coordinator about the process for completing the criminal background check.

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

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)

Dates and locations of the tests as well as registration information and practice tests are available on the MTTC website.

Subject Area Tests

ELMAC teaching interns must register and take the MTTC test in Elementary Education and their teaching major on or before the January test date in the year they complete the program.  

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