Admissions for Cross-Campus Transfer Students

The School of Education admits students for undergraduate degrees as juniors, so you should plan to apply during your sophomore year to the School of Education.

As a current student at the University of Michigan, you will be using an application specifically designed to change or update your current school and program.  

Use the categories below to prepare your application.

What are the deadlines?

Elementary Teacher Education:

Secondary Teacher Education:

How do I start my application?

  1. Go to

  2. The Application will prompt you to submit materials, either by upload or manual submission.

  3. When you have collected all materials and submitted documents, press “Submit”

What materials do I need?

As a part of the application process, you will be asked to submit the following:

  1. Official Non-University of Michigan Transcripts

    1. Must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (300 Student Activities Building, 515 E. Jefferson, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316)

  2. Three Letters of Recommendation, sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. :

    1. One must be from a college or university instructor who can address your academic abilities and subject-matter comprehension.

      1. View and print the School of Education Academic Recommendation form

    2. Two from individuals capable of assessing your ability and potential to become a successful teacher, especially outline any experience you have in working with young people.

      1. View and print the School of Education Recommendation form

  3. Application Essays:  Two essays are required.  Both Elementary and Secondary Applicants will respond to the first essay prompt:

    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)

    Additionally, candidates will respond to either the Elementary or Secondary prompt pertaining to the program for which they are applying.

         a. Elementary Applicants, you will need to answer the following in one essay (500-1000 words):

            i.  Some school districts have a lot of students who perform poorly on assessments. What do you think causes low performance? What role might you have as a teacher in helping students improve their performance?

            ii.  Also, please identify two instructional practices that were used with you when you were in school—one that was effective and one that was ineffective. Explain why you think the one was effective and the other ineffective.

        b. Secondary Applicants, you will need to answer the following questions in one essay (500-1000 words):

            i.  Why did you select your major area of study (i.e. your proposed teaching major)?

            ii.  What is particularly compelling to you in this subject?

            iii. What do you suppose might be especially valuable for students in grades 6-12 to understand from study of this subject?

  4. A current resume that outlines your work experience and history, volunteer work, and any experience working with young people.

What is the best next step?

We encourage you to attend a Teacher Certification Information Session or make an appointment to learn more about the benefits of getting teacher certification at the University of Michigan, our undergraduate certification programs, and to meet program representatives. 


With questions, contact:
The Office of Student Affairs
phone: 734.615.1528 


Teacher Education Program

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

610 E. University Avenue
Room 1228
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

Phone: 734.615.1528
Fax: 734.647.9158

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