UM-Flint Education Unit

430 David M. French Hall
(810) 762-3260
Fax: (810) 762-3102



The Professional Education Unit is responsible for teacher education at the University of Michigan-Flint. Its program offerings are designed to assist prospective elementary and secondary teachers in acquiring the content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and professional dispositions necessary for excellence in teaching and to meet requirements for Michigan teacher certification. Requirements for elementary and secondary teaching listed in this section of the catalog are cross-referenced in the School of Education and Human Services elementary education section and the College of Arts and Sciences secondary Teacher Certification Programs (TCP). Graduate degree programs in education are listed in the Graduate Programs section of this catalog.

All programs currently offered by the Professional Education Unit are approved by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909, (517) 373-3310. The Unit is in the process of seeking initial accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036 , Telephone: (202) 466-7496, Fax: (202) 296-6620.

In order to maintain state approval and in seeking national accreditation, the Professional Education Unit makes mandated changes to its curriculum, as required by the state of Michigan and as necessary for ensuring excellence in teacher preparation. Students should consult the Professional Education Unit website or their advisors for the most current information about program requirements. In addition, students are expected to check their university e-mail accounts frequently for special announcements such as orientation meetings, changes in course scheduling, and other notification occurring after publication of this catalog.


Our mission is to guide and support the growth and development of our teacher candidates into caring educators and engaged citizens who embrace our guiding principles in their understanding of the many aspects of their roles in schools and society.


 .…to prepare teachers who, as socially responsible individuals, are committed to shaping classrooms, schools, and communities that are caring and student centered.


1. Instill our teacher candidates with an ethic of caring which must be nurtured and exists as a foundation for fostering a sense of student-centeredness in the classroom.


2. Prepare our teacher candidates to make instructional decisions that reflect a belief in and commitment to the potential of all learners.


3. Guide our teacher candidates to employ effective teaching strategies through reflective practice, and create environments that encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills so they can be academically successful.


4. Teach toward the goal of preparing our teacher candidates to become respectful and socially responsible professionals not only in their classrooms and schools, but also in the local, national, and global communities they and their students share.

Academic Policies and Procedures

For complete information on our academic policies and procedures, please click on the following link:

Education Unit Academic Policies and Procedures

Notice Soliciting Third Party Testimony

The Education Unit at the University of Michigan-Flint is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in April 2013. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party feedback to the visiting team. Please take note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should indicate the party's relationship to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written comments to the following address:

Board of Examiners


2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036-1023


Or by email to:

Thank you.




Changes to the MTTC Basic Skills Test

Currently known and referred to as the MTTC Basic Skills Test this test name will change to the MTTC “Professional Readiness Examination” (PRE)

Until October 2013, registration material and information posted on the MTTC website will be labeled “Basic Skills Test.”

Information and registration materials for October 2013 testing (and later) will refer only to a “Professional Readiness Examination.”

The PRE will retain the field code #096.

New test objectives for the PRE will be available early March.

This examination is required for entry into the University of Michigan-Flint’s teacher preparation programs and for initial teacher certification in Michigan.


Changes to the Elementary Education Test

Elementary Education Program Update

The University of Michigan-Flint and the Michigan Department of Education are in a transition period regarding the Elementary Education programming. Current and new elementary education and early childhood elementary education candidates are advised that old program and new program course requirements are subject to change during the transition period and that a new elementary education test will replace the current test, effective October 2013.

  • MTTC Elementary Education Examination #103 (first offering Oct. 2013).

A new MTTC elementary education examination titled “ Elementary Education” (#103) will become operational at the October 2013 MTTC test administration. The examination will be constructed on the basis of objective frameworks currently posted on MTTC website, in category of Test Objectives for MTTC fields #103 and #104.

MTTC Test Objectives- These objectives will be combined into one set titled Elementary Education (#103). There will not be a test 104 (as previously reported) as all of the objectives from #104 will be incorporated into #103.

Elementary Education (#103) will be a single 150-item test that may be registered as a single test during either AM or PM test session for paper-based testing.

The cost of a paper-based 150-item Elementary Education (#103) exam will comply with current legislative cap of $75.

The fee for optional computer-based Elementary Education (#103) exam is unresolved at this time.

The study guide for Elementary Education (#103) will be available in April 2013. A full length practice test will be available in August 2013 on the MTTC website. Fee for use is unresolved.

Refer to MTTC website for updates, including fees:


MTTC Elementary Education Examination #83 (last offerings Sept. 2013)

Test Objective and Study Guides for MTTC field (#83), will be adjusted to read “effective until October 1, 2013”.

The current elementary MTTC field (#83) will be offered in paper-based format for the last time at the July 2013 MTTC tests administration.

The current elementary MTTC field (#83) will be offered during the August 2013 and September 2013 computer-based testing windows.

2/28/MTTC Elementary Certificate Examination #83 (last offerings Sept. 2013)