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.

First Year

Learn: What foundational courses should I be taking?

  • Enroll in EDA 205, EDT 211, and COMP 105
  • Complete the required clearances for field experiences in schools

Engage: What kinds of activities and organizations can I explore?

  • Join Talent Gateway - UM-Dearborn’s unique online community where you can complete challenges, earn points, and connect your experience
  • Visit UM-Dearborn’s Office for Student Life
  • Become involved in Student Government
  • 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

Network: What are important topics in my field?

  • Inquiry- and evidence-based approaches to instruction
  • Arts integration in the social studies
  • Educational technologies for the social studies
  • Michigan Top 10 in 10 Years Goals and Strategies

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
  • Read the local news

Prepare: What are the career options for people with my major?

  • Teach in an elementary or middle school
  • Work for a governmental or nonprofit organization to support children
  • Work in the education department of a museum, park or archive
Second Year

Learn: How do I build on foundational courses?

Engage: What activities and organizations will help me develop professional skills?

Network: How do I connect with faculty and students with similar interests?

  • Participate in events organized by the Office for Student Life
  • Become a Diversity Ambassador or participate in a Conversation on Race
  • Watch for events at local museums such as the The Henry Ford or Greenfield Village

Transform: What are the challenges and strengths of the Detroit Metro area?

  • Realize that many school districts are not able to hire enough certified teachers
  • Visit the website of schools and school districts
  • Attend a meeting of the Detroit Federation of Teachers
  • 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?

Third Year

Learn: How do I gain expertise in my major?

  • Plan your schedule to complete the coursework in all four areas of social studies
  • 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?

Transform: How can I prepare to effectively solve local and global challenges?

  • Request a practicum experience in a school outside your own community
  • Engage in service through the Office of Student Life or Student Government
  • Learn another world language. Become bi- or multi-lingual
  • Substitute teach in different districts to learn more about diverse learners

Prepare: What practical things should I do to further my career options?

  • Volunteer in a local school
  • Become a substitute paraprofessional or a substitute teacher
  • 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
Fourth Year

Learn: How do I finish strong?

  • Consider taking the MTTC Social Studies Elementary (#105) for the endorsement
  • Design effective social studies lessons
  • Put forth your best effort during Student Teaching
  • Cultivate professional relationships

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
  • Excel during student teaching
  • 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?

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
Where could I go after graduation?

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.

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