Non-Candidate for Degree Status (for those interested in teaching certification only or who just want to take a class or two)

Flexible Options

Students not seeking a degree may be able to take one or two graduate courses to strengthen their academic and professional capabilities.

Students with bachelor's degrees may apply to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts to complete secondary education certification requirements.

Post-Baccalaureate/Non-Candidate for Degree Status (Undergraduate)

Students seeking certification only who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are not seeking a second bachelor’s degree may apply as a non-degree applicant to the School of Education to complete the teacher certification requirements. Additional information on how to apply as a non-degree applicant may be found on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.

Non-Candidate for Degree Status (Graduate)

Students not seeking a degree may be granted admission to take one or more courses in a field of interest, either for professional reasons or to enhance their academic capabilities. The university offers two types of non-candidate for degree statuses: unclassified and departmental. Unclassified students are usually limited to two courses and the application process is solely through Rackham. Courses taken at this level do not automatically count towards a graduate degree program and the admission is for one term only. The departmental status is for students who may opt to enter a formal degree program in the future and/or for those who want to take more than two classes. The School of Education is involved in accepting or denying applications for departmental non-candidate for degree status. For more information on the unclassified option, review the Rackham unclassified students, non-candidate for degree application, and our unclassified non-candidate for degree admissions checklist. For more information on the departmental option, download our departmental non-candidate for degree admissions checklist.

Additional Application Options for Graduate Students

Rackham Graduate School offers several opportunities for non-degree and guest graduate study. These options can be found on Rackham's website.


It is imperative that students interested in admission to programs in the School of Education meet all deadlines for submitting applications and relevant materials. Deadlines may differ slightly for different programs. Deadlines can be found on our application deadlines page.

If you have questions, please review the School of Education frequently asked questions or contact the Office of Student Affairs.


All non-degree seeking students register on or after the first day of classes for the term. Students will register for classes online via “Student Business” in Wolverine Access. To familiarize yourself with the registration process as well as other transactions conducted through Wolverine Access, please view the “Student Business” tutorial.

If you have questions about what the University has to offer or where to go for specialized services, or have questions or problems that need more attention, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at or 734.615.1528

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