Get started thinking about the future now.
Use this major map to explore possibilities and plan for success in five overlapping areas of career and academics.
Choose your year below, then see what you can do when you:
- Learn. Develop the knowledge and skills to complete your major.
- Engage. Contribute to campus and the community.
- Network. Build a foundation of professional connections.
- Transform. Make a positive impact in a diverse world.
- Prepare. Plan for life after graduation.
The map just offers suggestions - you don’t have to do it all.
Learn: What foundational courses should I be taking?
- EXPS 220, EDA 205, EDT 211, and COMP 105
- Complete the required clearances for field experiences in schools
- LING 280 is a prerequisite for other coursework
Engage: What kinds of activities and organizations can I explore?
- Join Talent Gateway
- Become a Read to Me Mentor during the winter semesters, or attend the Young Authors’ Festival in November on campus
- Sign up for MLK Day of Service or Alternative Spring Break
- Support local libraries and literacy initiatives with the Books for a Benefit student organization
Network: What are important topics in my field?
- Learn about the Michigan Top 10 in 10 Years Goals and Strategies
- Familiarize yourself with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
- Learn about parental involvement strategies and family literacy practices that support reading development
- Become familiar with the new Third Grade Reading Law in Michigan
Transform: What are the challenges and the strengths in my community?
- Attend a local school board meeting or watch an archived video of a meeting
- Volunteer at a local school to learn about the community’s needs
- Follow the Michigan Legislature to learn about new education bills
Prepare: What are the career options for people with my major?
- Check out the teaching positions posted on Wayne RESA's website
- Attend one of the teacher job fairs in the area during April or May
- Consider leadership positions for summer camps or nonprofit organizations seeking a certified teacher
Learn: How do I build on foundational courses?
- Meet with your academic advisor each semester
- Choose to read content assigned thoroughly to build your background knowledge
- Enroll in EXPS 298, EXPS250, and consider ENG223
Engage: What activities and organizations will help me develop professional skills?
- Join the Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA)
- Join the Michigan Reading Association as a student member
- Join the International Literacy Association or the National Council of Teachers of English as a student
Network: How do I connect with faculty and students with similar interests?
- Join the CEHHS Facebook Page or other CEHHS social media outlets
- Expand on the connections made through university-required practica experiences; continue tutoring, teaching, or mentoring even after the course requirements are met
- Attend the Michigan Reading Association Conference in March
Transform: What are the challenges and strengths of the Detroit Metro area?
- Many school districts are not able to hire enough certified teachers
- Visit the website of a school to follow their news
- Consider enrolling in EDC 439 to learn more about childhood trauma and maltreatment
Prepare: What resources are available on campus to help me develop the professional skills I will need?
Learn: How do I gain expertise in my major?
- Enroll in EDD 468, which is a prerequisite for EDD 471 and EDD 467
- Watch for announcements for student teaching application meetings held one year prior to student teaching
- Complete the Phase III application when you meet the requirements
- Pass the MTTC for Elementary Education (test #103) prior to student teaching
Engage: How can I grow as a leader on campus?
- Consider running for Student Government or a leadership position in a campus organization
- Participate in campus educational outreach activities
- Represent CEHHS as an Orientation Leader
Network: How can I broaden my professional relationships?
- Put forth your best efforts at each of your school practicum experiences
- Focus on public relations whenever you have an opportunity to connect with professionals in the field
- Take on the challenge of becoming a substitute teacher or substitute paraprofessional
Transform: How can I prepare to effectively solve local and global challenges?
- Request a practicum experience in a high-needs school outside of your own community
- Consider adding the English as a Second Language endorsement
- Substitute teach in different districts to learn more about diverse learners
Prepare: What practical things should I do to further my career options?
- Create or update your LinkedIn account
- Become a substitute paraprofessional or a substitute teacher
- Further your education with a minor and consider earning a master’s degree and Ed.D. degree in the future
Learn: How do I finish strong?
- Connect with professionals in the field throughout every field experience
- Consider taking the MTTC Language Arts (#090) for the endorsement
- Put forth your best effort during Student Teaching
- Develop your professional dispositions
Engage: How can I mentor others to be leaders on campus?
- Create a new club or student organization
- Be willing to take leadership roles in group projects for coursework
- Form a study group for your certification exams
Network: How can I demonstrate my readiness for the next steps?
- Submit your best paper for the Campus Writing Center Awards
- Request letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work
- Demonstrate mastery through the professional dispositions assessment and evaluation process
- Complete your M-Portfolio to prepare for the interview process and use with job applications
Transform: How can I add to the strengths of my community, the region, and the world?
- Learn about teaching positions in high-needs schools
- Register for an Alternative Spring Break
- Contribute to a community project through the Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI)
- Participate in a study abroad program
Prepare: How do I make the best use of university resources to launch my professional next steps?
- Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications
- Prepare your resume and have it critiqued by your university supervisor during student teaching
- Participate in the Mock Interviews during student teaching
Most students look forward to a full-time teaching job after graduation. Many school districts in the Metropolitan Detroit area are beginning to experience the teacher shortage that is prevalent in other parts of the country.
- Attend one of the teacher job fairs in April and May each year to engage with school districts from around the country in addition to local districts and charter schools.
- Complete an employment application for the Wayne County Schools Employment Network through the Wayne RESA website.
- Contact Career Services on campus for assistance with job searching or resume review.
- Contact your professional references to request permission to include their contact information in applications and request letters of recommendation.
- Update your M-Portfolio to indicate you have graduated.
- Register with the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) to apply for a teaching certificate.
How to use this Major Map
Use the map on the interior portion of this brochure to review possibilities and plan for success in the five areas listed - Learn, Engage, Network, Transform, Prepare. The map gives options so you can select what best matches your interests and goals. Start thinking about your future now and build a path throughout your UM-Dearborn career that will prepare you for success.
College is a time for discovering your passions–figuring out who you are and what drives you. UM-Dearborn offers more than 100 majors and minors, so you can find a program that is right for you. We are committed to cultivating a campus community that acknowledges our similarities and celebrates our differences. On campus you’ll find a range of support services and offices that provide the programs you need to be successful both academically and personally.