Why UM-Flint

Educate. Celebrate. Urban.

You’ve always wondered whether you would make a good teacher. You’re dedicated, caring, resilient, and committed to lifelong learning. Working with adolescents intrigues you. You are concerned about the compelling realities facing students in today's urban schools and wonder how you might be part of the solution. The University of Michigan-Flint’s Master of Arts with Secondary Certification (MAC) program wants you. 

The Detroit Teacher Project (MAC), is for aspiring teachers who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and are interested in earning a master's degree with teacher certification. This full-time program is taught on-site in eight Detroit-area high schools  with experiences in those high schools throughout the two-year program. Graduates of the program receive their master’s degree and are eligible for teacher certification in Michigan.

What Sets UM-Flint's Education with Secondary Certification (MAC) Program Apart?

  • UM-Flint’s Master of Arts with Secondary Teacher Certification (MAC) is an innovative, clinically-based program designed to prepare you for a career encountering the unique challenges and rewards of teaching in the small urban high school environment.
  • The cohort design provides a support structure of peers. 
  • Its focus is on experience-based learning is intended to explicitly link theory with practice through immersion in the urban high school setting.
  • You will begin the program by working alongside experienced teachers, while gradually increasing your opportunity and responsibility for teaching in the high school classroom.
  • The robust emphasis on field experience is coupled with seminars offered in a mixed-mode format (both online and face-to-face).
  • Field experiences, 10-12 hours per week, are arranged by you and your coaching teacher.
  • The full-time program is completed in two years.
  • The program is taught on-site, within small, urban high schools in Detroit where you will be immersed with expert university and high school faculty who facilitate and support your growing expertise in teaching.
  • The field-based setting is invaluable in building a sense of community with your instructors, cohort peers, coaching teachers, and students.
  • The traditional program is completed in two years and the alternate route is completed in one year. 

  • You will be highly prepared to teach and will acquire skills tailored for success in helping urban students achieve despite challenges they may face.
  • The need for secondary teachers prepared to teach in the small urban high school, particularly in Detroit, is compelling. The Detroit Teacher Project is your route to a life-changing experience and satisfying career. 
  • Michigan Future, Inc. has been given money to start up seven additional new high schools and looks to open 35 more schools by 2018 (Detroit Free Press, March, 6, 2010).
  • You will have a distinct advantage in finding long-term employment within a growing network of small urban high schools.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Undergraduate grade point averages below a 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission).


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Once all documents have been received, a face-to-face interview will be scheduled with you by the Education Department.

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month. Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter - November 15

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply by May 1 for the fall semester.


Secondary Education Certification Program (MAC) (Masters of Arts)

The Master of Arts with Secondary Certification (MAC) Program Specializing in Small, Urban High Schools is designed to be an exemplary program in the field of clinically-based teacher preparation. Collaboratively designed and delivered by practicing teachers and university faculty, the program meets the challenges of providing intensive training and experience to those who will teach in the most intensive and challenging environments. The 45-46 credit program is designed to be completed in two academic years.

As part of the teacher candidate’s preparation, University faculty members work with UM-Flint MAC teacher candidates and coordinate with the teacher candidate’s cooperating teacher and on-site school administrators. The teacher candidate’s teaching abilities are observed and cultivated throughout their teaching rotations by both University faculty and the cooperating teachers. Course seminars accompanying field work are offered through a mixture of online (Blackboard) and in-person meetings held on-site at participating small urban high schools.


Fall Year 1 
EDT 501 - Using Technology in Education.  
EDS 500 - Developmental Psychology for Secondary Education.   
EDN 510 - Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom.  
EDS 515 - Urban Education.  (1 credit)

Winter Year 1 
EDE 540 - Classroom Management.   
EDS 530 - Teaching Numeracy Across the Curriculum.   
EDR 548 - Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas.  
EDS 515 - Urban Education.  (1 credit)

Spring/Summer Year 1 
EDR 541 - Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction in Secondary Classrooms.  
EDE 670 - Research Seminar.  
EDS 515 - Urban Education.  (1 credit)

Fall Year 2
EDS 668 - Student Teaching I.  
EDS 698 - Student Teaching Seminar I.  (2 credits)
EDS 520 - Mathematics for Secondary Education.  or EDS 547 - Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools.    

Winter Year 2
EDS 669 - Student Teaching II.  
EDS 699 - Student Teaching Seminar II.  (2 credits)

Teacher Certification
Upon successful completion of the program, the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) (formerly known as the Basic Skills Test) and the MTTC examination in a secondary education content area, the candidate will be eligible for a Michigan Provisional teaching certificate.

Alternate Route to Teacher Certification
The Secondary MAC will permit candidates who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, pass the MTTC PRE and MTTC content area exam(s) and successfully complete the first year of the program to be eligible for a Michigan Interim teaching certificate.

EDS 665 - Alternative Route Track-Student Teaching I.  
EDS 667 - Alternative Route Track-Student Teaching II.  




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