Farrah Schiff

Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Secondary Teacher Certification, '11

Farrah  Schiff, School of Education

Field of Study: MA Ed Studies with SECMAC, History

Year in Program: c/o 2011

Undergraduate: State University of New York (SUNY)

Why your program? I know that this experience will be a great learning experience and one that will benefit me to enter the job market after completing the MAC program. With an undergraduate degree in American History, I wanted a program where I can earn a Master's degree and teacher certification for high school history. My passion for history emerged early on, but my interest in secondary education developed over time. I originally contemplated graduate study in history, but was not convinced that was the path I wanted to take.

University of Michigan School of Education faculty member Patricia Kenney encouraged me to give a career in secondary education serious thought. She really sold the program to me. It was just the fact that someone from the University of Michigan, which I think of as this huge school, was contacting me. Her email was always open. 

The best part of SOE so far: I was able to develop my own teaching philosophy and learned how to implement this philosophy in the classroom. My MAC courses have sparked my interest in community activism and challenged me to think critically about much-needed education reform. For example, I now understand the importance of maintaining high standards for all students, regardless of their current ability level. You have to have the same expectations for every student regardless, and that’s what really makes the difference. The concept is a simple one, but it rarely happens that way in schools. I feel up for the challenge, though, having spent the fall semester observing courses and learning how to create a classroom environment conducive to learning. 

After graduation: Having passed my teacher certification exams, I am now eligible to teach in the state of Michigan.