Post-Degree Programs

Application forms for any post-degree program can be obtained from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success  (262 FCS) or online at  umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_post_cert.

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

Candidates with a degree from an accredited institution and wishing to earn a Michigan Elementary or Secondary Provisional Certificate, must meet the following requirements for these programs:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission along with acceptable scores on the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination for the post-degree certification only program or the alternative measure. Students must have a 2.75 GPA overall and in their major and minor to be admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services teacher certification program. Once admitted to the teacher certification program, students must continue to maintain a 2.75 GPA.
  2. To be eligible for directed teaching (student teaching), students must take and pass the relevant MTTC test: “Elementary Education” test for seekers of elementary certification; the major and minor tests for seekers of secondary certification.
  3. When the desired major/minor is incomplete and the GPA for the major and/or minor is between 2.50 and 2.74, a minimum of 12 semester hours for the major and nine (9) semester hours for a minor must be completed with UM-Dearborn courses and the cumulative GPA must be 2.75 or better.
  4. Potential candidates must observe established procedures in having their credentials evaluated for the certification program. Request forms are available in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success. Credentials are evaluated for acceptable majors, minors, and those supplementary courses, required by the program.
  5. At least two practica at UM-Dearborn shall be required of all COE/COS students prior to student teaching.
  6. A maximum of six semester hours (non-UM-Dearborn courses) will be accepted, if applicable, toward the professional sequence, not including directed teaching or seminar. The cumulative GPA in the professional sequence must be 2.75 or better. No community college courses can be used for credit in the professional sequence of required courses. Grades earned in professional sequence courses must observe the criteria established for directed teaching eligibility.
  7. When there is evidence to warrant an adjustment in requirements for an admitted COE/COS student, the Professional Standards Committee will act accordingly. Students desiring re-evaluations may use the established petition process.
  8. To be eligible for certification, students must have acceptable scores from the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification Subject Area Tests for every major, minor and endorsement.
  9. No credit toward program is allowable for ROTC and/or physical education.
  10. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI53203-3470
Telephone: (414) 289-3400 or

World Evaluation Services
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York NY 10274-5087
Telephone: (212) 966-6311

  1. An English language proficiency test may be required for non-native English speakers.
  2. For all practicums and student teaching, the following are required:
    1. TB clearance,
    2. Criminal background clearance
    3. Evidence of training for dealing with infectious diseases and blood-borne pathogens and,
    4. CPR certification

Individuals entering this program are required to meet the basic certification requirements at the time they are admitted, and which are appropriate for the particular certificate desired. To enroll, it is necessary to apply for admission to the UM-Dearborn as a "Certification Only Student," through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Forms are available in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success.

Professional Education Certification Program (PEC)

The Professional Education Certificate Program is for persons with a Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate wishing to earn a Professional Education Certificate. Upon the 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. In recommending individuals for this certificate, the University forwards requests to the Michigan Department of Education that, in turn, issues the certificate. Application forms for this program are available in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success (262 FCS) or online at umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_post_cert/.

Curriculum

Individuals already holding a valid Michigan provisional certificate can qualify for a Michigan Professional Education Certificate by completing the 6 semester hour post-degree program offered at UM-Dearborn through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. This  program is ideal for the working teacher who wants to maintain a valid teaching credential but is not interested in pursuing a graduate degree.

The Professional Education certificate program is tailor-made to fit the particular professional needs and goals of the individual student. To meet residency requirements, students must satisfactorily complete at least 3 semester hours of advisor-approved courses in a planned 6-hour program. The entire course of study, however, can be completed at UM-Dearborn by attending classes during late afternoons, early evenings, and summers. Correspondence courses are not accepted.

Admission

  1. Admission to this post-degree program (PEC) requires formal application to the program, a Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate, and an approved bachelor's degree. Official copies of transcripts and a copy of the teaching certificate are required.
  1. The plan of study is agreed upon with an advisor who will meet regularly with the student to advise and monitor progress of the 6 semester hour plan of work. It is the student’s responsibility to make annual appointments with the advisor.
  2. Forms are available in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success, 262 FCS. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required. Neither teaching experience nor the state reading requirement needs to be satisfied when seeking a renewal.
  3. 30 SCECH = 1 semester credit hour = 30 clock hours of DPPD Application forms are available in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success (262 FCS).
  4. Correspondence courses may not be used in this  program for either renewal or continuing certification.
  5. Workshops, online courses, and conferences offering graduate credit must be approved by the Professional Standards Committee prior to enrollment.
  6. When the Professional Education Certification Program is being used to earn an additional major/minor or endorsement all required coursework for the major, minor or endorsement must be completed prior to recommendation. Also, the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Subject Area Tests must be taken and acceptable scores earned prior to recommendation.

When the renewal of a provisional certificate is desired, six semester hours of approved credit will permit the student to file an application for renewal of the existing provisional certificate. Effective September 1, 2013

First Provisional Renewal

Requires completion of one of the following:

  • Possession of a current or expired Michigan provisional certificate.
  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study since the issuance of the provisional certificate at an approved educator preparation institution.

or

  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held since the issuance of the provisional certificate.

or

  • Combination of semester credit hours and SCECHs (30 SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour) since the issuance of the provisional certificate.

or

  • Completion of an approved master’s or higher degree in areas appropriate to K-12 teaching at any time at an approved educator preparation institution.

Second Provisional Renewal

Requires completion of one of the following:

  • Possession of a current or expired Michigan provisional certificate.
  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study since the issuance of the provisional certificate at an approved educator preparation institution.

or

  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held since the issuance of the provisional certificate.

or

  • Combination of semester credit hours and SCECHs (30 SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour) since the issuance of the provisional certificate.

or

  • Completion of an approved master’s or higher degree in areas appropriate to K-12 teaching at any time at an approved educator preparation institution.

When applying for the Professional Education Certificate, the student must account for 6 semester hours of approved courses; three years of teaching experience (or the equivalent in substitute teaching) at the appropriate certificate level; and the required semester hours in state-approved reading courses.  Effective September 1, 2013

Professional Education Certificate

Holders of a provisional certificate are expected to advance to the professional education certificate. The professional education certificate is valid for up to five years, and it, too, must be renewed.

Requirements for the professional education certificate include:

  • Possession of a current or expired Michigan provisional certificate.
  • Having taught successfully for the equivalent of three years under the Michigan provisional certificate and within the subject area endorsements and grade level on the certificate (including substitute teaching).
  • Presenting evidence of having completed a minimum of six semester hours of reading methodology if the teacher holds an elementary certificate or three semester hours for secondary certificate holders.
  • Effective July 1, 2009 - EDC 560 Reading Diagnostics
  • And ONE of the following since the issuance of the Provisional Certificate:
    6 semester hours in a planned course of study at an approved educator preparation institution
    150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH)
    150 annual District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours
    Combination of the three
    Completion of an approved Master’s Degree or higher at any time.

To be recommended for a Professional Education Certificate, a total of 6 semester hours in approved courses is required with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Effective September 1, 2013

Enhancement Program (EP)

This program (EP) is for persons with a Michigan Permanent, Continuing, or Professional Education Certificate who wish to enhance their certificate with an additional major, minor, or endorsement. Individuals entering this program are required to meet all requirements leading to the desired additional endorsement on their teaching certificate. Additionally, the MTTC Subject Area Test must be taken and acceptable scores achieved before a recommendation can be made to the state. Application forms for this program are available in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success, (262 FCS) or online at umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_post_cert.

Endorsement Programs Early Childhood (ZS) and English as a Second Language (NS)

These endorsements are available to certified teachers who wish to enhance their certificates with either an early childhood (ZS), and English as a second language (NS), endorsement. This is a planned program where the selection of courses will vary depending on evaluation of the student's prior coursework. Those interested in an endorsement can enroll in one of two post-degree programs: Professional Education Certificate (PEC), or Enhancement Program (EP), as described above, or may complete these endorsement programs under a master's degree plan (some undergraduate courses may be applied toward these endorsements, but will not apply toward a master’s degree).

Post-Degree Programs in Early Childhood

Post-degree students wishing to obtain Michigan Elementary Teaching Certification and persons with provisional certificates wishing to maintain certification validity and to qualify for the Michigan (Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) are also eligible for admission to the Early Childhood Education Program. All relevant Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) are required. Course requirements for these students will vary according to the individual undergraduate coursework of the student. Students working toward the M.A. degree and/or the Professional Education Certificate can qualify for the Michigan Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) by pursuing appropriate coursework. Upon the student's successful completion of a prescribed Early Childhood sequence and a passing score on the MTTC Early Childhood test, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services will recommend to the State of Michigan that the student is qualified to receive an Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) on the student's Elementary Teaching Certificate.

Inquiries for additional information and program guides can be directed to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success, 313-593-5090.