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. This program is for aspiring teachers who have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and are interested in earning a master's degree with teacher certification.

REAL-WORLD FOCUS

Also known as the Detroit Teacher Project, the MAC program focuses on experience-based learning intended to explicitly link theory with practice through immersion in the urban high school setting. You’ll begin the program by working alongside experienced teachers, while gradually increasing your opportunity and responsibility for teaching in the high school classroom. As a result, you’ll be well prepared to teach and help urban students achieve academic excellence, despite challenges they may face.

FIELD-BASED EXPERIENCE

The program is taught on-site at small, urban high schools in Detroit, Pontiac and Flint, where you’ll work closely 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. Our faculty experts are committed to your success, making themselves available to you outside the normal class schedule with flexible office hours and online access.

FLEXIBLE FORMAT

The program’s robust emphasis on field experience is coupled with seminars offered in a mixed-mode format (both online and face-to-face). Field experiences of 10-12 hours per week are arranged by you and your coaching teacher. With a requirement of 45-46 credits, the traditional full-time MAC program is completed in two years, with an option to complete your certificate in one year.

SMALL COHORTS

You’ll complete the MAC program with a small cohort of fellow educators who share your passion for making a difference through education. This cohort structure enables you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. Coursework emphasizes team-based project work that allows for networking while improving collaborative and communication skills.

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

U-M RESOURCES

As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, you’ll also have access to the full academic and research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.

Courses

Requirements

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and passing grades in all courses are required.

Year 1

Fall

  • EDT 501 - Using Technology in Education (3)
  • EDS 500 - Developmental Psychology for Secondary Education (3)
  • EDN 510 - Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • EDS 515 - Urban Education (1-3) (elected for 1 credit)

Winter

  • EDE 540 - Classroom Management (3)
  • EDS 530 - Teaching Numeracy Across the Curriculum (3)
  • EDR 548 - Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas (3)
  • EDS 515 - Urban Education (1-3) (elected for 1 credit)

Spring/Summer

  • EDR 541 - Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction in Secondary Classrooms (3)
  • EDE 670 - Research Seminar (3)
  • EDS 515 - Urban Education (1-3) (elected for 1 credit)

Year 2

Fall

  • EDS 668 - Student Teaching I (4-7)
  • EDS 698 - Student Teaching Seminar I (2)

One from:

  • EDS 520 - Mathematics for Secondary Education (4)
  • EDS 547 - Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)

Winter

  • EDS 669 - Student Teaching II (4-7)
  • EDS 699 - Student Teaching Seminar II (2)

Alternate Route

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 (4-7)
  • EDS 667 - Alternative Route Track-Student Teaching II (4-7)

Additional information on the Master of Arts with Secondary Certification (MAC) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog.

Admission

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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).

Applying

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.