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 optional minor areas of teaching specialty.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has revised Michigan’s teacher certification structure into 6 grade bands. CEHHS is currently working on program proposals for our Grades 5 through 9 and Grades 7 through 12 grade band programs. In addition, these programs will be working through the internal university curriculum approval process soon. Once approved, students will be able to apply for admission to these grade band programs starting in the Fall of 2023 (Mathematics and English). Current students, and those admitted prior to Fall 2023, will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to determine if they should remain in the current certification program or switch to a new grade band program.
What will I Learn?
- Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas.
- Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
- Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.
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 120 credit hours.
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.
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Teaching Major and Minor Endorsements