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 Provisional Certificate. The curriculum consists of two parts, the first involving academic study, and the second consisting of professional preparation.

Certification

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 Provisional Certificates

The initial teaching certificate awarded the beginning elementary school teacher is the Michigan Elementary Provisional Teacher's 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 Provisional Teacher’s Certificate is valid for six years and may be renewed twice (for three years each time) 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 provisional teacher's 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 Provisional Teacher's Certificate

To qualify for certificate recommendation, an individual must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. 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 the minor (if required/desired); 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Comply with the Four-Phase Checklist described below.
  4. Meet all Michigan Department of Education Teacher Certificate requirements including state mandated tests.
  5. 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:

  1. 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, minor, and overall to be admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and the Teacher Certification Program.
  2. 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/.
  3. Proof of valid TB (tuberculosis) clearance must be submitted to the CEHHS Office of Student Success, 262 FCS, within the first semester enrolled.
  4. Evidence of training for Infectious Diseases/Blood-borne Pathogens must be submitted to the CEHHS Office of Student Success, 262 FCS.
  5. 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:

  1. 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).
  2. Official record of meeting minimum scores on all three sections of the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination and/or State of Michigan-approved PRE alternative measures (if taken prior to September 23, 2017), or the Scholastic Aptitude Test benchmarks of 480 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 in Mathematics (if taken March 5, 2016 or later) are required.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Submission of Change of Program, Major, and/or Minor Petition form to officially declare certification major (and minor if required/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:

  1. 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 and minor.
  2. Completion of at least one full semester (12 credit hours) of study at UM-Dearborn.
  3. Completion of Professional Studies sequence of courses.
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale as well as a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major(s), minor(s), and the Professional Studies sequence.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Provisional Teaching Certificate:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Successful completion of the chosen program, major(s), minor(s), 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), minor(s), and professional studies sequence.
  4. 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) 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 provisional 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 435Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch12
EDD 437Sem: Teaching Elementary Grds1
Total Credit Hours13

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.

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."

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. 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.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits

Capstone

Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

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 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
EXPS 298Exp Writing-Comm Learn&Tch3
LING 280Introduction to Linguistics3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
EXPS 282History & Civics Elem Schools3
EXPS 283Geography & Econ Elem Schools3
EXPS 220Science in the Elem School3
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science 13
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science 13
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science 13
EXPS 420Science Capstone3
MATH 385Math for Elemen Teachers I3
MATH 386Math for Elem Teachers II3
MATH 387Math for Elem Teachers III3
Total Credit Hours42
1

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.

BIOL 240/BIOL 242 and NSCI 120/NSCI 121 cannot be used for science credit.

Pre-Professional Requirements

Pre-professional courses are generally completed in the freshman and sophomore year.  

EDA 205Introduction to Education3
EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
EDC 241Psych: Child Devel Practicum1
EDF 450Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs2
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
EXPS 250Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts3
Total Credit Hours15

Professional Requirements

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:

Foundations
EDA 340Foundations of American Ed3
Multicultural Education
EXPS 410Multicult in School and Soc3
Psychology
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 460Educating the Exceptional Chld3
EDC 417Mgmt of Classroom Behavior3
or EDC 412 Social Devl/Pos Guidnce Techn
Methodologies (See Note #1 below)
EDD 452Methods of Teaching Math K-83
EDD 468Teach Read/Lang Arts- Elem Grd 13
EDD 467Practicum in Reading Instruct 11
EDD 471Reading Instr: Models and Meth 13
EDD 485Teach Science in the Elem Grd3
EDD 491Soc Std Elem Grades Practicum1
EDD 495Social Studies in the Elem Grd3
Professional Semester (See Notes #3 & #5 below)
EDD 435Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch12
EDD 437Sem: Teaching Elementary Grds1
Total Credit Hours45
1

 EDD 467 and EDD 471 are to be taken concurrently. Both require EDD 468 as a prerequisite.

Notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Recommendations for other certification endorsements require passing scores from relevant MTTC subject area tests.
  4. Minimum number of hours to graduate is 128 semester hours.

Areas of Study for Majors

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.