Secondary 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 the 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 a new major for incoming student 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. 

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Secondary Grade Band Certification (New)Secondary Level-Based Certification (Old)

Our Grade Band Certification program is best suited for:

  • Incoming Freshman students starting Fall 2023 and after.
  • Incoming Transfer students starting Fall 2023 and after depending on transferable credit.
  • Current students interested in transitioning to the new program (please consult with a CEHHS Advisor)

Our Level-Based Certification programs are best suited for:

  • Current UM-Dearborn students who will be eligible to student teach before the MTTC deadline (please consult with a CEHHS Advisor)
  • Incoming Transfer students with enough applicable credit to be eligible for student teaching before the MTTC deadline (please consult with a CEHHS Advisor)

If you are uncertain about which certification type you should pursue, you can contact the CEHHS Office of Student Success.

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.

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Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
2150 Social Sciences Building (SSB)
[email protected]