Teacher Certification

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services at UM-Dearborn can assist qualified persons who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution to pursue a program of study leading to a recommendation for a Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate-Elementary (COE) or Secondary (COS).

Initial Teacher Certifications

Certificate-Only Elementary Program (COE), Certificate-Only Secondary Program (COS)

A student who already holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is able to earn a Michigan Elementary or Secondary Provisional Teaching Certificate through one of our "certification-only" programs. Completers of these programs are prepared to be competent, caring and reflective educators who are ready to teach in their chosen teaching area.

Requirements for COE and COS Provisional Teaching Certificates:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 posted*
  • Certification-Only Application 
  • SAT

Programs for Certified Teachers

Professional Education Certificate (PEC) 

Upon expiration of the Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate, teachers are required by state law to secure a Professional Education Certificate in order to retain a valid teaching credential. The College of Education, Health, and Human Services offers this program for teachers seeking to earn a Professional Education Certificate or first or second renewal of their Provisional Teaching Certificate.

Enhancement Program (EP) 

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services offers this program for teachers who currently hold a Michigan Permanent, Continuing or Professional Education Certificate and wish to enhance their certificate with an additional area of preparation or endorsement.

Requirements for PEC and EP:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 posted*
  • Application 
  • Copy of Current Teaching Certificate
  • Active State of Michigan Teaching ID