Graduates from the undergraduate Secondary Certification Program are prepared to be competent, caring and reflective educators who are certified to teach grades 6-12 in chosen content areas.

The program’s curriculum consists of academic study, professional preparation and field experience. This provides graduates with pedagogical and content-specific knowledge, readying them to work with diverse learners in the middle school and high school classroom. Throughout the program, undergraduates gain the experience they need to apply technology to the 21st century classroom.

With successful completion of the program, candidates earn both their bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services faculty’s recommendation for the Michigan Secondary Standard Certificate with endorsements in their major and minor areas of teaching specialty.

What will I Learn?

  • Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas (teaching major(s) and/or minor(s)).
  • Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
  • Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.

Degree Requirements

Secondary certification candidates complete their degree requirements through the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL). Completing a bachelor’s degree with secondary certification requires a minimum of 128 hours, however, it may take as many as 160+ credit hours to complete all necessary requirements.

View the Secondary Education Requirements in detail.

Secondary certification candidates must attain a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average, minimum 2.75 in the teaching major, minimum 2.75 in the teaching minor, and minimum 2.75 in the professional sequence.

Department Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)


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