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Social Studies Teacher’s Certificate Program (BS)


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The Social Studies Teacher’s Certificate Program (TCP) is designed to meet the needs of future teachers of secondary social studies.  This program leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.  The Social Studies TCP major is a comprehensive group major.  No minor is required.

The Social Studies Teacher’s Certificate Program (TCP) is designed to meet the needs of future teachers of social studies.  This Bachelor of Science (BS) program leads to qualification for Michigan teacher certification or to a degree in Education without certification.

The program consists of three phases that prepare students to teach English and Language Arts in grades 5-9 and/or grades 7-12, or to complete the degree without certification.  An Education academic advisor will assist students in the selection of courses each semester to complete their chosen concentration(s).

Phase I 

This phase consists of preparatory coursework in education and the subject area.

Completion of the Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies (DAP) Interview is required prior to application for Phase II.

Completion and acceptance of an application, which includes a felony/misdemeanor form, are required to enter Phase II.  Applications are submitted the semester prior, due January 10 for Fall entry, September 10 for Winter entry.

Phase II

In this phase, teacher candidates choose a primary grade band for certification, either Grades 5-9 or Grade 7-12.  Certification in a second grade band (IES 362 ) is optional but recommended.  

The phase includes field placements in area schools assigned by the UM-Flint Education Department, a minimum of 180 hours for certification in a single grade band, 230 hours for two grade bands.  All field placements are the full length of the semester and end during the last week of the semester.

Completion and acceptance of an application, which includes a felony/misdemeanor form, are required to enter Phase III.  Applications are submitted the semester prior, due January 10 for Fall entry, September 10 for Winter entry.

Phase III

This phase includes a minimum of 420 hours in field placements in area schools, including student teaching, assigned by the UM-Flint Education Department.  All field placements are the full length of the semester and end during the last week of the semester.

Policies

  • A student who earns an unsatisfactory grade (i.e., a grade less than what is necessary for program credit) twice in the same required Education course, except for a course in student teaching, will be dismissed from the Education program.
  • A student who withdraws or earns a failing grade in student teaching twice will not be recommended for teacher certification. The student will work with their advisor to determine other available options. 

Requirements


At least 124 credits, with a minimum 2.7 overall UM-Flint GPA and a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in each program course:

Disciplinary Requirements


Professional Requirements


Additional Requirements


  • All requirements of the College Arts and Sciences (CAS)  Bachelor of Science degree, including General Education  requirements and University of Michigan-Flint graduation requirements 
  • Minimum 2.7 UM-Flint GPA required for progression between phases and completion of the program
  • Completion of the Dispositions, Attributes and Proficiencies (DAP) Interview prior to Phase II
  • Approved applications for the start of Phase II and Phase III
  • Background checks at multiple points throughout the program
  • Assessment of professional dispositions, a minimum of four times during the program. Those who do not meet dispositional expectations may be required to fulfill a professional development plan and/or may be removed from the program.

Note


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


Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits

Honors Program


All bachelor-degree-seeking students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply to the University of Michigan-Flint Honors Program.  Please contact the Honors Program Manager or the Honors Program Director for further information.

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