Teacher Certification Programs

Our mission is to prepare elementary and secondary teachers who are capable of and committed to a lifetime of inquiry in teaching and to a powerful education for all students in our diverse society. We believe that public education is a vital element in a dynamic and just democracy.

If you pursue teacher certification in the teacher education program at the University of Michigan, you will study with an exceptional group of faculty, instructors, and cooperating teachers, 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.

We invite you to learn more about the teacher certification programs we offer. 

Undergraduate Teacher Certification Options

Elementary (grades K-8)

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.

Secondary (grades 6-12)

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 (LSA, for example) for their degree while obtaining certification through the School of Education.

Second Bachelor's Degree

You may pursue either elementary or secondary certification as a second bachelor's degree.  People who have already earned a bachelor's degree, whether it was earned recently or long ago, may earn a second bachelor's degree and recommendation for provisional teacher certification.  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.

Music Education (grades K-12)

This program prepares students for music teacher certification in grades K-12.  The music education program is open to undergraduate and post-bachelor of arts students.  To learn more about this program, please contact the Department of Music Education.

Physical Education (grades K-12)

The physical education program is open to undergraduate and post-bachelor of arts students.  To learn more about this program, please contact the School of Kinesiology.

Master’s-Level Teacher Certification Options

Elementary Master of Arts with Certification (ELMAC)

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.

School Library Media

A master’s-level program open to certified teachers and those seeking initial certification.  To learn more about this program, please contact the School of Information.

Teacher Education Program

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

Phone: 734.615.1528
Fax: 734.647.9158
te.program@umich.edu

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