Elementary School Certification Program
This program has been specifically developed for students intending to teach in either the elementary school or the middle school. It permits them to meet the requirements for both a bachelor's degree and the Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate. The curriculum consists of two parts, the first involving academic study, and the second consisting of professional preparation.
In recommending students for teacher's certificates, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services functions, indirectly, as an arm of the Michigan Department of Education. All such certificates awarded to students at the UM-Dearborn are issued at the request of an appropriate faculty body by the Michigan Department of Education in Lansing irrespective of the particular campus attended (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint).
Elementary Standard Teaching Certificates
The initial teaching certificate awarded the beginning elementary school teacher is the Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate. This certificate is valid for teaching all subjects in kindergarten through fifth grade and in subject areas (majors and minors) if an endorsement on the certificate has been obtained in grades six through eight. One is also qualified to teach all subjects in self-contained classrooms through grade eight. The Standard Teaching Certificate is valid for five years and can be renewed an unlimited number of times provided that renewal conditions are met. Legislative or other state action may change these specifications. Therefore, students are advised to contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Office of Student Success, located in room 262 Fairlane Center South (FCS), to learn of the most recent policies.
General Requirements for a Teacher's Certificate
In order to be awarded an elementary or secondary Standard Teaching Certificate, students at UM-Dearborn must be recommended for the certificate by the Governing Faculty of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. The general procedure to be followed in obtaining such a recommendation is outlined below. It should be noted, however, that progression from one step to another is not automatic; students are expected to be individually responsible for understanding and meeting the requirements and provisions of the programs they pursue.
Qualifying for a Standard Teaching Certificate
To qualify for certificate recommendation, an individual must fulfill the following requirements:
- Earn a bachelor's degree from UM-Dearborn or another accredited institution with an overall GPA of 2.75; a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major; a minimum GPA of 2.75 in an optional minor; and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the Professional Studies Sequence. Irrespective of where the degree is earned, each candidate shall satisfactorily complete directed teaching and all required methods courses and practica at UM-Dearborn.
- If acquiring both the bachelor's degree and a teacher's certificate from UM-Dearborn, the individual shall complete the degree with the appropriate number of semester hours depending on the program selected.
- Comply with the Four-Phase Checklist described below.
- Meet all Michigan Department of Education Teacher Certificate requirements including state mandated tests.
- Satisfy the College faculty that the applicant possesses attributes that are necessary and desirable for successful teaching.
College of Education, Health, and Human Services Four-Phase Checklist
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) at the UM-Dearborn is committed to the ideal of quality in the field of teacher education. A screening procedure is employed to help identify those people most likely to achieve the level of excellence defined by the college. This screening procedure is divided into four successive phases. Requirements at one phase must be successfully completed before continuing on to the next. Students are also responsible for meeting all program requirements for their selected degree as listed in Degree Works.
Phase One - Initial Admission to Education
All requirements listed below must be completed for progression to Phase Two:
- Three types of students are considered for admission to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at this entry level phase:
- First time in any college (FTIAC) students - Campus admission standards for SAT, ACT, and high school Grade Point Average (GPA) are used in determining admission.
- Transfer students - Campus admission standards are used for students transferring 54 or fewer semester hours. College of Education, Health, and Human Services admission standards (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0 scale) are used for students transferring 55 or more semester hours.
- Degreed persons seeking certification only - College of Education, Health, and Human Services admission standards are used for individuals with a bachelor's degree earned at a regionally accredited institution. The individual must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major, optional minor, and overall to be admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and the Teacher Certification Program.
- Live Scan fingerprinting and criminal background checks are required for work in school settings, which is a requirement for all teacher certification students. All background checks must be completed in the first semester of admission to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Live Scan fingerprinting is offered by IdentoGO/MorphoTrust USA by appointment only. Instruction/application forms are available at the CEHHS Office of Student Success, 262 FCS. To make an appointment for Live Scan fingerprinting, call 1-866-226-2952 or visit https://mi.ibtfingerprint.com/.
- Proof of valid TB (tuberculosis) clearance must be submitted to the CEHHS Office of Student Success, 262 FCS, within the first semester enrolled.
- Evidence of training for Infectious Diseases/Blood-borne Pathogens must be submitted to the CEHHS Office of Student Success, 262 FCS.
- Completion of the Campus Composition Placement Test within the first semester enrolled (not required for students admitted to the post-degree certification only program).
Phase Two - Preparation for Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
All requirements listed below must be completed for progression to Phase Three:
- Successful completion of
- or transfer credit equivalent for COMP 105 (Writing & Rhetoric I), or waiver by Campus Composition Placement Text or university accepted high school Advanced Placement (AP) test score (not required for students admitted to the post-degree certification only program).
- or transfer credit equivalent for EDA 205 (Introduction to Education).
- EXPS 298 (Exploring Writing to Communicate, Learn and Teach).
- COMP 227 (Intermediate Exposition & Argument) if prescribed by the results of the Campus Composition Placement Test (not required for students admitted to the post-degree certification only program).
- Official record of meeting minimum scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (passing score 480) and in Mathematics (passing score 530). The SAT must have been passed on or after March 5, 2016.
- Minimum of 55 earned credit hours, including transfer credit, or previously earned bachelor's degree if applicable, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
- Submission of completed Application for Admission to Teacher Certification Program (Phase III) form, which includes a moral turpitude statement, to the CEHHS Office of Student Success, 262 FCS.
- Submission of Change of Program, Major, and/or Minor Petition form to officially declare certification major (and optional minor if desired) to the CEHHS Office of Student Success (not required for students admitted to the post-degree certification only program).
Phase Three - Admission to Teacher Certification Program
All requirements listed below must be completed for progression to Phase Four:
- Successful completion of the appropriate MTTC Certification Tests listed below and official score reporting directly to the University of Michigan-Dearborn (institution code 29):
- Elementary certification students must pass the MTTC Elementary Education Test (#103)
- Secondary certification students must pass the MTTC tests in their major.
- Completion of at least one full semester (12 credit hours) of study at UM-Dearborn.
- Completion of Professional Studies sequence of courses.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale as well as a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major(s) and the Professional Studies sequence.
- Attendance at a Student Teaching Application and Placement meeting and completion and submission of all forms distributed to the CEHHS Office of Student Success, 262 FCS.
- Verification with the Office of Student Success that all clearance requirements are valid and up-to-date prior to student teaching.
- TB clearance
- CPR and First Aid Certification (Adult/Infant/Child)
- Evaluation of Oral Expression
- Criminal background checks will be reviewed through ICHAT by the Office of Student Success each semester.
Phase Four - Teacher Certification Program Completion
All requirements listed below must be completed for recommendation for a degree and/or a State of Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate:
- For undergraduate degree seeking students: Submission of completed Degree/Diploma application to the Enrollment Services Office. This application can be submitted online or printed and submitted in person, and can be found at https://umdearborn.edu/students/registration-records/graduation-commencement/applying-graduate-0.
- Elementary certification students apply to graduate as a student in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.
- Secondary certification students apply to graduate as a student in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.
- Post-degree certification only and undergraduate secondary certification program students must submit a Program Completer Form to the CEHHS Office of Student Success, 262 FCS.
- Successful completion of the chosen program, major(s) and professional studies sequence, including student teaching, and supplementary requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, as well as minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the major(s) and professional studies sequence.
- Successful completion of any additional MTTC certification tests and official score reporting directly to the University of Michigan-Dearborn (Institution Code 29) for any additional endorsements sought. These scores must be reported to the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services before recommendations are prepared for the state by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Certification Officer:
- Additional content area major(s) or minor(s), beyond the minimum requirement, for elementary certification students.
- Additional content area major(s) or minor(s), beyond the minimum requirement, for secondary certification students.
Based on this record of achievement, a decision to recommend or not to recommend and/or certification will be made.
Professional Semester/Directed Teaching (Student Teaching)
Each student enrolled in a teacher certification program at UM-Dearborn, whether pursuing an elementary or a secondary Standard Teaching Certificate, is expected to spend one full academic term exclusively in professional work. This period of time is called the "professional semester." Directed Teaching (student teaching) and its related seminar serve as the core for this particular term. This entails a full day's teaching load and all school-related activities at a University-negotiated site. The professional semester for elementary certification students is as follows:
Elementary Professional Semester
|EDD 435||Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch||12|
|EDD 437||Sem: Teaching Elementary Grds||1|
|Total Credit Hours||13|
Opportunities for directed teaching are available only in the University's fall and winter terms. Students wishing to elect directed teaching in the fall term are required to attend an application meeting the preceding September and those desiring to elect it during the winter term are required to attend an application meeting the preceding March. Meeting dates, times, and locations will be posted on the Field Placement Office website and in the Fairlane Center South. Requirements for acceptance into the professional semester are outlined in the Four-Phase Checklist.
Incompletes, Unsatisfactory Grades, and Withdrawals
No student will be assigned to, or registered for, directed teaching with incomplete work in the Professional Sequence of courses. Moreover, once a student has been assigned to a directed teaching placement and then has had registration denied because of incomplete work, the student will be prohibited from receiving any future directed teaching assignment for that semester.
Any student, who has withdrawn from or received an unsatisfactory grade in directed teaching, whether through the action of a school district, the University, or by personal choice, will have a request for future placement carefully reviewed by the College’s Executive Committee. Reassignment to directed teaching is not guaranteed, nor is it an automatic process.
Students must file petitions for reassignment consideration.
General Field Placement Policy
Students in the teacher preparation program are assigned field placements, either as practicum students or as student teachers, in public or private schools. Field placement shall be made in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and in compliance with accreditation standards.
The student is expected to maintain a professional attitude in order to conform to the expectations of the placement school and the University. Appropriate academic preparation is required as outlined in the elementary and secondary programs of the College. Professional responsibilities during the Directed Teaching term are detailed in the "UM-Dearborn Directed Teaching Handbook" which is located on the CEHHS Field Placement website.
The public and private schools exercise the right to screen the University's students. Acceptance or rejection of students is not controlled by the University. A placement school may reject a University student for several reasons, including a lack of placement positions in the school or a determination that the University student's presence in the school or classroom may disrupt or interfere in some way with the educational process.
Currently there is no way in which the University can require the placement school to state specific reasons for rejection.
If a University student is repeatedly denied placement by the field schools, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services will recommend career counseling and terminate matriculation in the teacher certification program.
Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement
The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.
Areas of Inquiry
- Lecture/Lab Science Course
- Additional Science Course
Academic Program Requirements (Majors and Minors)
Students entering this program are required to complete all core courses pre-professional and all requirements for any selected major. Academic majors and/or minors can be selected from the following fields: English as a Second Language (minor only), Language Arts, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Reading and Social Studies (major only). Students desiring to pursue an Early Childhood major with elementary certification should follow the program outlined under "Early Childhood Education." Students desiring to pursue the Learning Disabilities major with elementary certification should follow the program outlined under “Elementary Education Learning Disabilities Program.” Courses in the major and/or minor may not be elected on a pass/fail basis. Courses that apply to the majors and minors are listed below under "Areas of Study for Majors and Minors."
Core Course Requirements
Core courses are generally completed in the freshman and sophomore year.
Selections must be from courses numbered 100-200 unless otherwise stated.
|COMP 105||Writing & Rhetoric I||3|
|EXPS 298||Exp Writing-Comm Learn&Tch||3|
|LING 280||Introduction to Linguistics||3|
|LIBR 465||Literature for Children||3|
|EXPS 282||History & Civics Elem Schools||3|
|EXPS 283||Geography & Econ Elem Schools||3|
|EXPS 220||Science in the Elem School||3|
|NSCI 231||Inquiry: Physical Science 1||3|
|NSCI 232||Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science 1||3|
|NSCI 233||Inquiry: Life Science 1||3|
|EXPS 420||Science Capstone||3|
|MATH 385||Math for Elemen Teachers I||3|
|MATH 386||Math for Elem Teachers II||3|
|MATH 387||Math for Elem Teachers III||3|
|Total Credit Hours||42|
Two of the three NSCI core courses may be transferred to UM-Dearborn. A) an introductory physical science will satisfy NSCI 231, B) an introductory earth/planetary science will satisfy NSCI 232, and C) an introductory life science course will satisfy NSCI 233.
Pre-professional courses are generally completed in the freshman and sophomore year.
|EDA 205||Introduction to Education||3|
|EDC 240||Psych of Child Development||3|
|EDC 241||Psych: Child Devel Practicum||1|
|EDF 450||Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs||2|
|EDT 211||Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn||3|
|EXPS 250||Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts||3|
|Total Credit Hours||15|
The professional studies sequence of education courses consists of a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit. This concentration of study represents the core of professional preparation. At least two practica are required prior to student teaching. The semester hours are distributed as follows:
|EDA 340||Foundations of American Ed||3|
|EXPS 410||Multicult in School and Soc||3|
|EDC 300||Educational Psychology||3|
|EDC 460||Educating the Exceptional Chld||3|
|EDC 417||Mgmt of Classroom Behavior||3|
|or EDC 412||Social Devl/Pos Guidnce Techn|
|Methodologies (See Note #1 below)|
|EDD 452||Methods of Teaching Math K-8||3|
|EDD 468||Teach Read/Lang Arts- Elem Grd 1||3|
|EDD 467||Practicum in Reading Instruct 1||1|
|EDD 471||Reading Instr: Models and Meth 1||3|
|EDD 485||Teach Science in the Elem Grd||3|
|EDD 491||Soc Std Elem Grades Practicum||1|
|EDD 495||Social Studies in the Elem Grd||3|
|Professional Semester (See Notes #3 & #5 below)|
|EDD 435||Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch||12|
|EDD 437||Sem: Teaching Elementary Grds||1|
|Total Credit Hours||45|
- Enrollment in all the required EDD courses is open only to those who are officially admitted to and in good academic standing in the Teacher Certification Program at UM-Dearborn. See Four-Phase Checklist for more information.
- Eligibility for directed teaching requires meeting all the requirements listed on the Four-Phase Checklist as well as submission of passing scores from the MTTC (Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification) subject area test: Elementary Education (#103).
- Recommendations for other certification endorsements require passing scores from relevant MTTC subject area tests.
- Minimum number of hours to graduate is 128 semester hours.
Areas of Study for Majors
- Early Childhood
- Language Arts
- Mathematics Studies
- Science Studies
- Social Studies
- Special Education
Elementary School Certification Program
The program as outlined above meets the state's teacher certification requirements at the time of this writing. However, changes by the University or the State may affect some program requirements. Therefore, students are strongly advised to inquire about possible changes by checking with their advisor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.