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 Teaching Interns 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-area and Ypsilanti-area schools. If you are interested in teaching in an urban setting, please indicate this in your application to the program. These placements are contingent upon a number of factors, including availability of mentor teachers who teach the subject(s) for which you are seeking certification endorsement.

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

​Teacher candidates for the Secondary Master of Arts with Certification (MAC) program are required to have a teaching major in order to be recommended for teacher certification. A teaching minor is​ ​strongly ​encouraged, but not required. Teacher candidates in the MAC program choose from the following teaching majors and minors:

Teaching Majors: Teaching Minors:

Due to the intensive nature of the Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program, interns 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 UM calendar to accommodate school district calendars and program needs.

Mid-June: Orientation for all Secondary Master of Arts with Certification program teaching interns.

June, July, and early August: Teaching interns complete university courses and, during the month of July, participate in a clinical field experience several mornings each week in a local school district’s middle-school “Readiness” program .

Late August: Interns meet with their assigned cooperating teachers and assist them with preparations for the school year.

September through December: Teaching interns 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 March: Teaching interns become fully immersed in teaching, working with their mentor teacher and grade 6-12 students two full days per week and three additional mornings.  Also, interns continue to take university courses in the late afternoon and early evening.

April through June: Interns now spend five full-days per week in their placement classrooms and continue there until the end of the public school calenda. At the same time, they are completing a capstone project under the supervison of their faculty advisor and showcase their work in early June.

 

Required Courses

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 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 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)

The MTTC Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) 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 general knowledge and subject area knowledge to to be effective teachers in Michigan schools. Prior to being eligible to student teach, you must take and pass the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE), or have ACT scores that meet the PRE exemption requirement (Reading=22; Mathematics=22; English/Writing=24). Dates and locations of the test as well as practice tests are available on the MTTC website: http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/. The Professional Readiness Exam is offered every month; four times a year in a paper/pencil format for $50 and every month at Pearson Testing Centers in a computer-based format for $140. The program strongly recommends you complete this requirement by the end of your first semester of the program.

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 take 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.  

World Languages Teaching Interns

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

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