Teacher Education Preferred Admissions Program (TEPA)
As an upper academic level unit, the School of Education admits students as juniors, however we encourage students applying to the University as freshmen to indicate their interest in later transferring to the School of Education by choosing the Preferred Admissions program.
Benefits of Teacher Education Preferred Admissions (TEPA) include:
- Guaranteed admission to the School of Education in the junior year.
- Belonging to a smaller learning community and sharing experiences with your TEPA cohort, enjoying education as part of a small group with the resources of a large campus. During their freshmen and sophomore years, Preferred Admit students explore educational issues and begin their preparation for the School of Education through monthly programming and pre-requisite courses.
- Preferred Admits receive one-on-one advising from School of Education academic advisors, receiving strategic advice on course-taking decisions.
- The School of Education provides opportunities to work with young people and connects Preferred Admits with community and campus youth programs and partnerships.
Once you have decided whether the elementary or secondary teacher education program best suits your aspirations (see the academic program pages), you may apply using the instructions for new freshmen. To become a Preferred Admissions student, indicate your interest on the University of Michigan application supplement and include information about why you would like to be a part of the program as instructed in the second required essay.