Elementary Teacher Certification
We provide high quality education and field experiences that prepare you to teach future generations.
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) provides degree programs that are approved by the Michigan Department of Education and enable us to provide recommendations resulting in state-issued certification for teachers. Additionally, CEHHS is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) which provides evidence that our programs meet the standards of an Educator Preparation Institution (EPI).
The Michigan Department of Education has traditionally certified teachers in two different levels, Elementary and Secondary. Starting in Fall 2021, the state began a transition from this level-based certification to a new structure that certifies teachers in grade bands. As a result, we have developed two new majors for incoming students to pursue certification in one or more grade bands. We will also continue to offer our level-based certification degree programs for some transfer students and our current students who will be grandfathered into the level-based certification structure.
Types of Certification
Our level-based degree programs are best suited for:
- Current UM-Dearborn students pursuing Elementary Certification and able to student teach by the Winter 2025 semester.
- New incoming transfer students who have a considerable number of credits that apply to one of of our 7 level-based majors and are able to student teach by the Winter 2025 semester.
Our new grade band degree programs are best suited for:
- Current UM-Dearborn students who will not be eligible for student teaching by Winter 2025.
- New incoming Freshman students.
- New incoming transfer students with a minimal number of credits that apply to one of our 7 level-based majors and will not be eligible for student teaching by Winter 2025.
If you are uncertain about which certification type you should pursue, you can contact the CEHHS Office of Student Success.
CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services is committed to expanding and scaling digital equity and transformation in learning. As a sign of support for this commitment we have signed the EPP Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge created by ISTE, AAQEP and CAEP and we will continue to work to insure that our faculty have the tools and knowledge necessary to prepare future teachers to effectively integrate technology in their teaching.