Teacher & Administrator Certification
Our mission is to prepare elementary and secondary teachers and school leaders who are capable of and committed to a powerful education for all students. We believe that public education is a vital element in a dynamic and just democracy.
If you pursue teacher or administrator certification at the University of Michigan, you will study with an exceptional group of faculty, instructors, and cooperating teachers and administrators, all dedicated to the improvement of schooling and to your professional growth. You will progress with a cohort of your peers in a spirit of dialogue, debate, and cooperation. You will combine and connect challenging educational and academic coursework with guided experiences in schools. And you will put together your commitment to young people, your intellectual curiosity, and your spirit of adventure in one of the most demanding and rewarding professions available at a time of great need and great challenge.
At the School of Education, we combine the strength of one of the nation's top research universities with a lengthy history of training effective teachers. Our faculty and researchers are examining and assessing the numerous factors that enable or inhibit successful teaching and school leadership. Much of our efforts are focused on the teacher's and administrator’s vital and powerful roles in students' learning. Our teacher education programs embody up-to-the-minute research and understanding of the optimum methods for teacher preparation. Our leadership preparation program combines emphasis on the development of capabilities to engage the work of continuous school improvement, while also gaining competence in the specific skills required of the school principal.
We invite you to learn more about the teacher and administrator certification programs we offer.
Undergraduate Teacher Certification Options
An intensive, sequenced, four-term bachelor’s degree program that prepares students for teacher certification in grades K-8 in self-contained, multi-subject classrooms or grades 6-8 in subject-specific classrooms. Students typically begin the program during their junior year, after demonstrating strong academic preparation in general studies as well as their teaching major and minor.
An intensive, sequenced, three-term bachelor’s degree program that prepares students for teacher certification in grades 6-12 in their teaching major and/or minor. Students typically begin the program during their junior year, after demonstrating strong academic preparation. Students may opt to transfer into the School of Education for their degree and certification or may remain in their home unit (the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for example) for their degree while obtaining certification through the School of Education.
You may pursue either elementary or secondary certification as a second bachelor's degree. Up to 94 credits from the previous bachelor's degree may be eligible for transfer, enabling second-bachelor's degree students to complete the program in one year.
Certification with Degree from another Unit
Secondary Certification (grades 6-12)
University of Michigan students who wish to become secondary teachers have the option of remaining in their home unit (the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for example) for their degree while obtaining certification through the School of Education. Alternatively, you may transfer into the School of Education to receive your degree and certification.
Music Education and Physical Education (grades K-12)
All music and physical education teacher candidates remain in their home unit (the School of Music or School of Kinesiology) for their degree while obtaining certification through the School of Education. To learn more about one of these programs, please contact the unit directly.
- Music Education: www.music.umich.edu/departments/mused
- Physical Education: www.kines.umich.edu/academics/physical-education
Non-traditional Pathways to Teacher Certification
The Teach For America Interim Certification Program is a state-approved alternative route to certification open only to teachers accepted by Teach For America (TFA), placed in TFA’s Detroit Region, and who pass the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification. While in the TFA-Detroit corps, the University of Michigan School of Education provides corps members with methods seminars, field instruction, and job-embedded professional growth experiences to prepare and support their induction as teachers. According to Michigan legislation, corps members who remain in their placements and our certification program for at least three successful years are eligible for provisional teaching certification.
Master’s-Level Teacher Certification Options
An intensive 12-month program that prepares students for teacher certification in grades K-8 in self-contained, multi-subject classrooms and grades 6-8 in subject-specific classrooms.
Secondary Master of Arts with Certification (Secondary MAC)
An intensive 12-month program that prepares students for teacher certification in secondary classrooms.
Administrator Certification Options
Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Building-level Administrator Certification (Educational Leadership and Policy Program)
This 30-credit program is designed for students interested in improving schools, instruction, and student outcomes. All students develop capabilities to engage the work of improvement while also gaining understandings of the policy, organizational, and historical dynamics of educational systems. Students also have the option of pursuing building-level administrator certification in Michigan.
The MA/MBA dual degree program is designed for students who aim to integrate knowledge of education and business in the service of educational improvement and reform in the United States. Students also have the option of pursuing building-level administrator certification in Michigan through this program.