FAQ Topic: Admissions

  1. Are the undergraduate teacher education programs hard to get into? How many people do you accept in your program?
  2. Can my GSI write my academic letter of recommendation?
  3. Do I have to submit my high school transcript?
  4. Do I have to take any MTTC tests to apply to the undergraduate teacher certification programs?
  5. How do I find more information about the teacher certification programs and how to apply?
  6. How do I know if I will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science, or a Bachelor’s of Arts degree?
  7. How does the admissions committee make my admission decision?
  8. How many courses do I still have to take until I enter the program?
  9. I am a freshman to the University of Michigan, and I want to be in the preferred admissions program, but didn’t indicate that on my freshman application, can I still apply?
  10. I am a new applicant to the University of Michigan, but I didn’t take the ACT/SAT. I can’t submit this score. What do I do?
  11. I have credits I want to transfer. How do I know if they will be accepted?
  12. I have international coursework from a study abroad program. Will those credits transfer to the School of Education?
  13. I haven’t received my admissions decision yet. Who do I contact about this?
  14. I want to get teacher certification, but not receive my degree from the School of Education. Can I do that? How do I do that?
  15. I've applied. What's the status of my application?
  16. I’m a freshman or sophomore at the University of Michigan and will have 54 credits at the end of this term. Can I apply now?
  17. If the SOE has rolling admissions until June 1st, why should I submit my application by January 15?
  18. My recommender asked what s/he should write. What should I tell her/him?
  19. My recommender said s/he can’t submit his letter for me until after the admissions deadline. Will I be penalized for submitting it late? Can I still apply?
  20. What is a non-University of Michigan transcript? Where do I send my official transcripts? Can I send them electronically? I have more than one non-University of Michigan transcript; do I have to send them all together?
  21. What is the GPA requirement for admission to the Undergraduate Secondary and Elementary Programs? What if I don’t have the minimum requirement? Should I still apply?
  22. When can I apply to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs?
  23. When is the application deadline? Is January 15 the final deadline?
  24. When will I receive my decision? And how?
  25. Where do I find the applications to apply to the School of Education Undergraduate Elementary or Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Certifica tion Programs?
  26. Where do I find the Letter of Recommendation Forms?
  27. Where do I send my letters of recommendation and transcripts? Do I have to submit all of my materials together?
  28. Who can write my general letters of recommendation?

Are the undergraduate teacher education programs hard to get into? How many people do you accept in your program?

The undergraduate teacher certification programs have competitive admissions. Students are admitted on a space-available basis until the program cohorts are full.  Each year the elementary program typically admits two cohorts of 25 students for the fall term.  The secondary program admits students in their individual subject area cohorts. Secondary cohort sizes vary from year to year.

Can my GSI write my academic letter of recommendation?

Yes, a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) can write your academic letter of recommendation.  You should choose academic recommenders who can speak to your strengths and limitations in your subject areYour recommender should describe significant actions, accomplishments, and personal qualities related to your scholarly achievement. S/he should speak to your academic abilities in your subject area, and specifically to your abilities in your major as a future educator. Other academic recommenders can be professors in your subject area; University of Michigan professors are preferable to non-University of Michigan instructors.

Several paragraphs will be more useful to the admissions committee than one or two sentences. Be sure to have your academic recommender use the Academic Letter of Recommendation Form.

Do I have to submit my high school transcript?

Only students new to the University of Michigan must submit official high school transcript(s), and ACT and SAT scores. This is a University of Michigan requirement for all undergraduate students. Current University of Michigan students have already submitted these materials as part of their freshman application and are not required to submit them again. 

Do I have to take any MTTC tests to apply to the undergraduate teacher certification programs?

No, MTTC tests are not requirements for admission to the undergraduate teacher certification programs.  

How do I find more information about the teacher certification programs and how to apply?

Students interested in the University of Michigan teacher certification programs should attend a Teacher Certification Information Session to learn about the benefits of getting teacher certification at the University of Michigan, about our undergraduate certification programs, and more about the application process. Please check our calendar for upcoming session dates.

How do I know if I will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science, or a Bachelor’s of Arts degree?

If you will have completed 60 natural science or math credits by graduation, you will indicate a Bachelor's of Science degree on your application.  The Teacher Education Program uses the LSA guidebook to identify the natural science classes. 

How does the admissions committee make my admission decision?

All of your application materials will be considered when the admissions committee reviews your application. Applications are reviewed based on cumulative and subject area GPAs (for secondary applicants);  three letters of recommendation (one academic and two general); your personal essay; your subject area essay (secondary applicants only); and your resume. 

How many courses do I still have to take until I enter the program?

An applicant must have 54 University of Michigan approved college credits, typically junior standing, to be eligible to apply to our Undergraduate Elementary or Secondary Teacher Certification Program.  All applicants should schedule an academic advising appointment with a Teacher Education Academic Advisor to have their transcript(s) evaluated, and to receive accurate information about how many credits they still need to complete our program.

You can schedule an academic advising appointment by filling out the online form.

I am a freshman to the University of Michigan, and I want to be in the preferred admissions program, but didn’t indicate that on my freshman application, can I still apply?

Yes. If you are a freshman at the University of Michigan, you can still apply to be a Preferred Admissions student at the School of Education. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 734.615.1528 or ask.osa@umich.edu for more information about how to do this. 

I am a new applicant to the University of Michigan, but I didn’t take the ACT/SAT. I can’t submit this score. What do I do?

Write an e-mail to SOE.UG.Admissions@umich.edu and indicate that you will not be including your SAT scores with your application because you did not take the test.  You also need to note this in the additional information section on your Common Application. 

I have credits I want to transfer. How do I know if they will be accepted?

To find out which of your credits will transfer from another university or college, schedule an academic advising appointment with one of the Teacher Education academic advisors by filling out this online form.

I have international coursework from a study abroad program. Will those credits transfer to the School of Education?

All international credits must be evaluated by a University of Michigan approved international credit evaluation agency before they can be submitted to the University of Michigan. To find a list of these approved agencies, e-mail soe.advising@umich.edu, with the subject line “International Credit Evaluation Agencies”. 

I haven’t received my admissions decision yet. Who do I contact about this?

To check the status of your admissions decision, e-mail SOE.UG.Admissions@umich.edu with the subject line “Checking on Admissions Decision”. In the body of your e-mail, include which program you applied to and your UM ID number.

I want to get teacher certification, but not receive my degree from the School of Education. Can I do that? How do I do that?

Only undergraduate secondary students can pursue certification in the SOE and remain in LS&A (or another home unit) to receive their degree.  Applicants indicate this preference on the second page of the Cross Campus Transfer Application Form.

Elementary students must transfer completely into the School of Education to pursue certification. All undergraduate elementary students, then, will receive their degree from the School of Education. 

I've applied. What's the status of my application?

Your application status can be checked online, via Wolverine Access. Please allow seven days after submitting your application before checking your web application status on Wolverine Access. To do this you will need to use a login ID and password, and confirm some personal data before viewing your application:

For applicants who are current students or employees:

1. Log into Wolverine Access using your existing U-M uniqname login and click New and Prospective Student Business

For applicants who are new to the university you will need to create a secure login using a U-M Friend Account and then log into Wolverine Access.

1. Create a Friend Account.

2. Log into Wolverine Access.

If you have any further questions, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 734.615.1528

I’m a freshman or sophomore at the University of Michigan and will have 54 credits at the end of this term. Can I apply now?

Schedule an academic advising appointment to talk with an advisor about your eligibility to apply to our teacher certification programs.

If the SOE has rolling admissions until June 1st, why should I submit my application by January 15?

If you submit a complete application by January 15th, you are guaranteed to have your admissions decision by the first or second week of March. The benefit to applying early is to have your decision before you are scheduled to register for classes.

If you submit an incomplete application on or after January 15th, we cannot guarantee you will have your admissions decision before your registration date.  It is an advantage for you to submit your application on or before January 15th so you can begin preparing for your start in our professional programs. 

My recommender asked what s/he should write. What should I tell her/him?

Please refer to the letter of recommendation forms for guidance for your recommenders.

Instruct your academic recommender to comment specifically on your strengths and limitations in your subject areDescriptions of significant actions, accomplishments, and personal qualities related to scholarly achievement are particularly helpful. Several paragraphs will be more useful to the admission committee than one or two sentences.

Instruct your general recommenders to comment specifically on your work ability, capacity to work with people, especially children, and personal characteristics. Several paragraphs will be more useful to the admission committee than one or two sentences.

My recommender said s/he can’t submit his letter for me until after the admissions deadline. Will I be penalized for submitting it late? Can I still apply?

We understand that supplemental materials, such as official transcripts from non-University of Michigan colleges or letters of recommendation, may take more time to be submitted.  You will not be penalized for submitting your transcripts or letters of recommendation after the admissions deadline, however, your application can not be reviewed until all of your admissions materials have been submitted.

It is a professional courtesy to give a recommender at least a month to write your letter and submit it. 

What is a non-University of Michigan transcript? Where do I send my official transcripts? Can I send them electronically? I have more than one non-University of Michigan transcript; do I have to send them all together?

A non-University of Michigan transcript is a transcript from any other higher education institution that is not the University of Michigan. If you are a non-University of Michigan student, you also need to submit your high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores to fulfill your transcript requirements.

Send your official hard-copy non-University of Michigan transcripts to the
Office of Undergraduate Admissions,
515 East Jefferson Street,
1220 Student Activities Building,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316.

If you choose to send an official electronic non-University of Michigan transcript via e-mail, send your official transcript (s) to ecredentials@umich.edu. Include your last and first name, your date of birth, and details about your application in the subject line. As an example, “Jones, John_DOB: February 23, 1990_Official Michigan State University Transcript for Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Certification Application”.

If you are a University of Michigan student, we will include a copy of your transcript in your application for you. You do not need to submit an official University of Michigan transcript with your application.

You do not have to submit all of your materials together; however, your application will not be reviewed until all of your documents have been received.

What is the GPA requirement for admission to the Undergraduate Secondary and Elementary Programs? What if I don’t have the minimum requirement? Should I still apply?

To be eligible to apply to the Elementary or Secondary Teacher Certification Program, you should have a minimum GPA of 2.50. To learn more about how your GPA is evaluated during the admissions process, schedule an academic advising appointment.

If you have not met the minimum GPA requirement, we suggest meeting with an academic advisor to create a plan to apply. You can set up an academic advising appointment by filling out this online request form for an academic advising appointment.

When can I apply to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs?

Students apply to the School of Education undergraduate teacher certification programs during their sophomore year. A student must have accrued 54 credits before they begin the program. Schedule an academic advising appointment to find more information about your eligibility to apply.

When is the application deadline? Is January 15 the final deadline?

Secondary applicants only: If you are applying to the Teacher Education Program to begin in the winter cohort (January), your application is due by midnight on October 15th.

Elementary and Secondary applicants: To begin in the fall semester (September), your application is due by midnight on January 15.

You can find the deadlines listed on our SOE website.

The School of Education has rolling admissions until June 1. For more information about this, call the Teacher Education Office at 734.615.1528.

When will I receive my decision? And how?

You will receive your decision via e-mail from the Director of the Teacher Education Program.

If you apply during the October 15th admissions cycle, you will receive your admissions decision shortly after Thanksgiving.

If you apply during the January 15th admissions cycle, you can receive your decision beginning with the first or second week of March until June 1st. 

**If you submit a complete application by January 15th, you are guaranteed to receive your decision by the first two weeks of March. If your application is submitted by the deadline, but incomplete (missing transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays, resume), we can not guarantee that you will receive your admissions decision by the second week of March.

Where do I find the applications to apply to the School of Education Undergraduate Elementary or Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Certifica tion Programs?

You can find your application to apply on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website

If you are a University of Michigan student, you will submit the following:

  1. The Cross Campus Transfer Application Form
  2. Your resume, outlining your experience with children
  3. A personal statement, responding to the following prompt:
    Essay 1:
    Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School to which you are applying.
    How would that curriculum support your interests?
    (500 words maximum)
  4. Your subject area essay (for Secondary applications only), responding to the following prompt:
    Essay 2: DISCIPLINARY AREA:
    Why did you select your major area of study?
    What is particularly compelling to you in this subject?
    What do you suppose might be especially valuable for students in grades 6 – 12 to understand from study of this subject?
    (500-1000 words; please proof-read your work).
  5. One academic letter of recommendation
  6. Two general letters of recommendation

If you attend a college or university that is not the University of Michigan, you will submit:

  1. The Common Application
  2. Your resume, outlining your experience with children
  3. A personal statement, responding to the following prompt:
    Essay 1:
    Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School to which you are applying.
    How would that curriculum support your interests?
    (500 words maximum)
  4. Your subject area essay (for Secondary applications only), responding to the following prompt:
    Essay 2: DISCIPLINARY AREA:
    Why did you select your major area of study?
    What is particularly compelling to you in this subject?
    What do you suppose might be especially valuable for students in grades 6 – 12 to understand from study of this subject?
    (500-1000 words; please proof-read your work)
  5. One academic letter of recommendation
  6. Two general letters of recommendation
  7. Official transcripts
  8.  An application fee of $75.00

Where do I find the Letter of Recommendation Forms?

You can find the academic and general letter of recommendation forms on the SOE website.

Where do I send my letters of recommendation and transcripts? Do I have to submit all of my materials together?

You can submit your letters of recommendations and transcripts to the
Office of Undergraduate Admissions,
515 East Jefferson Street,
1220 Student Activities Building,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316.

You do not have to submit all of your materials together; however, your application will not be reviewed until all of your requirements have been received.

Who can write my general letters of recommendation?

Your general letters of recommendation should be written by someone who can comment specifically on your work ability, capacity to work with people (especially children), and personal characteristics.  General recommenders can be your work supervisor, professor, coach, camp director, or religious leader, etc. We discourage applicants from asking relatives or family members for general letters of recommendation. Several paragraphs will be more useful to the admissions committee than one or two sentences.

Your general recommenders should submit the following form along with your letter: General Letter of Recommendation Form

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