May 22, 2024  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education Certification Program (MA)

Education Department information  

The Master of Arts with Secondary Certification (MAC) Program Specializing in Small, Urban High Schools is designed to be an exemplary program in the field of clinically-based teacher preparation. Collaboratively designed and delivered by practicing teachers and university faculty, the program meets the challenges of providing intensive training and experience to those who will teach in the most intensive and challenging environments. The 45-46 credit program is designed to be completed in two academic years.


As part of the teacher candidate’s preparation, University faculty members work with UM-Flint MAC teacher candidates and coordinate with the teacher candidate’s cooperating teacher and on-site school administrators. The teacher candidate’s teaching abilities are observed and cultivated throughout their teaching rotations by both University faculty and the cooperating teachers. Course seminars accompanying field work are offered through a mixture of online (Blackboard) and in-person meetings held on-site at participating small urban high schools.

Teacher Certification

Upon successful completion of the program, the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) (formerly known as the Basic Skills Test) and the MTTC examination in a secondary education content area, the candidate will be eligible for a Michigan Provisional teaching certificate.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for admission:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. A 3.0 or higher undergraduate overall grade point average based on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of an application form for the Education Master of Arts Programs (available in the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 FWTL). This application must be accompanied by:
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended
  • An updated resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of purpose
  • A $55 application fee
  1. Also required:
  • An interview with program faculty is required prior to admission.
  • A criminal background check that includes fingerprinting, at the candidate’s expense
Admission Deadlines

The programs involves cohort groups and accepts applications for Fall semester with an application deadline of August 1.  

Time Limit for Degree

A student in any master’s program is expected to complete all work within five years from the date of first enrollment in the program. Students exceeding this time limit must file a petition with the SEHS Academic Standards Committee. Petitions must describe explicitly the amount of work remaining and a timeline for completion. A student who fails to complete degree requirements within five years may be withdrawn and required to reapply for readmission. Courses that are older than five years may not be counted toward degree requirements.

Transfer of Credit

Up to six (6) hours of graduate credit (including coursework as a UM-Flint non-candidate for degree or “Lifelong Learning” student) may be accepted for transfer into the program.  All credit transfers must be approved by the Education Department faculty.  Students seeking to transfer credits not designated as program requirements or electives should contact the appropriate faculty advisor.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)  and Graduate Study  sections of this catalog for academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the College. 


A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and passing grades in all courses are required.