Master's Secondary Teaching Certification Requirements
The Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program is designed to help you make strong connections between theory and practice. Issues related to curriculum, instruction assessment, classroom management, philosophy, psychology, history, and the social context of education are interwoven throughout the program and connections are made between your day-to-day experiences in schools and assigned readings, discussions, projects, and assignments. School and classroom issues are discussed as they arise, and faculty members offer various perspectives for understanding these issues and their relation to current educational research and practice. Continuous attention is paid to studying the adult and youth cultures in a variety of schools throughout southeastern Michigan with an eye to understanding the various factors that shape teaching and learning.
The rich experiences of students in the Secondary 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 Secondary 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 Secondary 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.
Fieldwork: Program-long involvement and experience in schools is central to the Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program and its curriculum. This emphasis will make it possible for you to delve deeply into issues related to public school education and to work closely with experienced school colleagues as you begin to build a teaching practice. 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 Secondary Master of Arts with Certification colleagues. You will work with between seven and twelve students in a variety of schools and school districts throughout southeastern Michigan. These sites will afford you the opportunity to work with youth from a range of social, cultural, economic, and linguistic backgrounds. For students specifically interested in an urban experience, the program offers the opportunity to work in Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in teaching in an urban setting, please indicate this in your application to the program.
Another important feature of the 12-month Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program is a course schedule designed to allow program faculty to integrate most of the School of Education's required courses into a series of interconnected topics. Rather than teaching a given education course during a single term, the content of education courses is taught across several terms. This arrangement allows faculty to transcend traditional term-time constraints and teach topics when they are most beneficial to Secondary Master of Arts with Certification students.
Teaching Majors and Minors
The State of Michigan requires that all teacher certification candidates have either a teaching major and minor or two majors in order to be recommended for teacher certifiction. To develop the deep and broad knowledge necessary to teach, each teaching major and minor is comprised of a coherent program of study. Teacher candidates in the Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program choose from the following teaching majors and minors:
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Due to the intensive nature of the Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program, candidates are expected to have all of the coursework necessary for the required teaching major(s) and minor(s) completed prior to beginning the program.
A coursework evaluation must be done using transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution attended to help determine what teaching major and minor will be most appropriate for you. An application for a coursework evaluation should be submitted as early as possible. There is no cost for this evaluation.
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 U-M 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.
- EDUC 402 (3 credits) "Reading and Writing in Content Areas"
- EDUC 490 (3 credits) "Topics in Professional Education"
- EDUC 504 (3 credits) "Teaching with Technology"
- EDUC 511 (2 credits) "Records of Practice I"
- EDUC 512 (2 credits) "Records of Practice II"
- EDUC 606 (3 credits) "Developmental and Psychological Perspectives on Education"
- EDUC 649 (3 credits) "Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform"
- EDUC 650 (8 credits) "Reflective Teaching Field Experience"
- EDUC 655 (1-3 credits) "Directed Research in Educational Studies"
- EDUC 695 (3 credits) "Research and Educational Practice"
- EDUC XXX (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 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 (ICHAT) to satisfy the School of Education requirements and being fingerprinted by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) to satisfy district requirements. You will receive instructions from your program coordinator 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) Basic Skills test 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)
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 the Reading and Mathematics sections and a constructed-response assignment in the Writing section.
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:
Secondary Teaching Major Test: Secondary Master of Arts with Certification students must register and pass the MTTC test in their teaching major on or before the July test date in the year they begin the program. Please make arrangements to do this as soon as possible, as we strongly recommend that you complete this requirement prior to beginning your program.
Secondary Teaching Minor Test: Secondary Master of Arts with Certification students must register and take the MTTC test in their teaching minor on or before the January test date in the year they complete the program.
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