Educate. Celebrate. Urban.
You’ve always wondered whether you would make a good teacher. You’re dedicated, competent, caring, curious, and committed to lifelong learning. The profession of preparing young adults for education, careers, and life intrigues you. You see the compelling realities faced by students in today’s urban schools and you believe you could be part of a solution. The University of Michigan-Flint’s Detroit Teacher Project is ready for you.
The project's signature program is the Master of Arts with Secondary Teacher Certification (MAC) program, which is a master’s degree for aspiring teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in a certifiable major through the State of Michigan. The full-time program is taught completely on site in six 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.
Watch our video of students and teachers currently working in the Detroit Teacher Project.
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 program is full-time, 46 credit hours, completed over 2 years. Its cohort format provides a specific path to completion and a support structure of peers.
• Its focus is on clinical, experience-based learning intended to explicitly link theory with practice through immersion in the school environment.
• You’ll begin the program by working alongside experienced teachers, gradually increasing your opportunity and responsibility for teaching over the duration of the program.
• As a secondary teacher certification program, it is designed to prepare those who do not have undergraduate degrees in education but aspire to be a high school teacher.
• The robust emphasis on field experience is coupled with seminars offered in a mixed-mode format (both online and in-class).
• The program is taught on-site, within small urban high schools in Detroit where you’ll be immersed with expert university and high school faculty.
• The field-based setting is an invaluable context to fully acclimate to this challenging academic environment and to build a sense of community with your instructors, students, and peers.
• You will be highly prepared to teach with particular skills in the urban environment.
• The need for secondary teachers prepared to teach in the small urban high school setting is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade.
• Michigan Future, Inc. has been given money to start up seven additional new high schools before 2012 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.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major certifiable by the Michigan Department of Education
• 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:
• $55 application fee (non-refundable)
• Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
• Three letters of recommendation
• International students must submit additional documentation. Visit www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/admissions/international-students.page for details.
Once all documents have been received, a face-to-face interview will be scheduled with you by the Education Department.
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
*You must apply 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.
The Master of Arts with Secondary Certification (MAC) Program Specializing in Small, Urban High School 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.
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 669 - Student Teaching II.
EDS 699 - Student Teaching Seminar II. (2 credits)
EDS 520 - Mathematics for Secondary Education. or EDS 547 - Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools.
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. Pending state approval, an Alternative Route to Teacher Certification through the Secondary MAC will permit candidates who pass these examinations and successfully complete the first year of the program to be eligible for a Michigan Interim teaching certificate.
Detroit Teacher Project Video:
Graduation Year: 2012
Hometown: Flint, MI
As a student in the MAC program, I believe that I am receiving the best education possible. I say the best, because I have seasoned professors who have been educated at some of the top universities in the nation. They take teaching and learning seriously and they want to pass along their wealth of knowledge and standards of education to their students. They are well informed about the subject, and in turn challenge and push me to be a critical and independent thinker.