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
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.
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.
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.
Non-traditional Pathways to Teacher Certification
A five-year pathway designed to open up the pipeline for students to consider K-12 teaching careers. This program is for first- and second-year students at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) who will earn a bachelor of science degree from LSA, followed by a master's degree in education at the School of Education, and recommendation for teacher certification. This program is coordinated through the University of Michigan Instructional Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Institute.
Robert Noyce Fellowship
This program is similar to the UNITE program (described above) with the inclusion of additional financial support. This program is also coordinated through the IDEA Institute.
Master’s-Level Teacher Certification Options
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.
A master's-level program that prepares exemplary secondary teachers in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to serve diverse learners in urban settings.
Teacher Education Program
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610 E. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259