Dec 11, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Catalog

Secondary and K-12 Teacher’s Certificate Programs


Professional Education Unit  

The University-of Michigan Flint is accredited to offer secondary and K-12 teacher’s certificate programs (TCPs) in select areas. These programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, or a Bachelor of Music Education degree, depending on the area.

Completion of the subject matter TCP major is required. A minor that complements the declared major and/or develops a greater knowledge base or skill level is highly recommended. Note: Students who wish to add an endorsement in an area beyond the major must complete an approved TCP program in that area.

All teacher certificate programs also include state-mandated professional coursework. At UM-Flint, this coursework is constructed in three phases, to be completed in sequence, with a minimum grade of C (2.0) required in each course. As part of this coursework, the teacher candidate creates an Individual Major Portfolio, required for completion of the program.

In addition, for progression from phase to phase and completion of the program, minimum a GPA of B- (2.7) or higher is required in the major, the minor (if appropriate), the professional coursework, and overall. Further, throughout the program teacher education candidates will be assessed on dispositions a minimum of four times and complete a dispositions interview. Those who do not meet dispositional expectations may be required to fulfill a professional development plan and/or may be removed from the program.

Discipline-Specific Requirements


  1. Minimum GPAs of B- (2.7) or higher are required in the major, the minor, and overall.  (GPA requirements are higher for some subject areas.)
  2. See the content area(s) of interest for specific course and other requirements.  Programs available are:
    Secondary TCP majors:  English , Mathematics , Spanish 
    Secondary TCP comprehensive majors:  Integrated Science , Social Studies 
    K-12 TCP majors:  Music , Visual Arts 
    Secondary TCP minors:  English , Mathematics , Psychology , Spanish  

Pedagogical/Professional Requirements


Note:  There are some variations in these requirements for individual subject areas.

Course Requirements


Phase II - Pre-Professional (12 cr.)


Phase III - Professional (18-21 cr.)


Transition Requirements


Throughout the program, for progression from phase to phase and program completion, minimum GPAs of B- (2.7) or higher in the major, the minor, pedagogical/professional coursework, and overall, are required.

Acceptance to Phase II


  1. Completion of at least 55 credits (junior standing), including at least 18 credits in the major content area and 12 in the minor content area (if a minor is required).
  2. Interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the Dispositions Inventory and pieces for the Individual Major Portfolio.
  3. Successful completion of the SAT or ACT, with scores on file with the University’s Certification Officer.
  4. Completion and acceptance of an application to Phase II, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

Acceptance to Phase III


  1. Completion of at least 85 credits (senior standing), including at least 90% of the major and minor requirements.
  2. Interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the Dispositions Inventory and pieces for the Individual Major Portfolio.
  3. Completion and acceptance of an application to Phase III, including a felony/misdemeanor form

Recommendation for Teacher Certification


  1. Completion of at least 124 credits, including all major and minor requirements.
  2. Exit interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the completed Individual Major Portfolio and results of the Student Teaching Evaluation.
  3. Completion of the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) subject area test in the major and minor (where applicable), with a passing score on the major area test.
  4. Completion of an advanced and valid course in first aid and adult and child CPR from an approved provider.
  5. Completion of all paperwork necessary for certification, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

In exceptional circumstances, modifications in the requirements for certificate programs and for minors may be made with the approval of the student’s academic advisor and the Chair of the Education Department.

For the teaching of certain subjects, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools requires a preparation that might be in excess of the requirements for the certification minor. Its requirements, which apply to teachers in any school that is a member of the North Central Association, are revised from time to time.  It is recommended that students request a copy of the North Central Association publication, Policies and Criteria, available from the North Central Association, 950 Victors Way, Suite 50, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108-2736; (734) 998-9300.

Note


Prospective candidates should also study the section entitled General Requirements for Teacher Certification .


Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits