About the Secondary & K-12 TCP Programs

UM-Flint offers Secondary and K-12 Teacher's Certification Programs (TCPs) in several content areas including English, French, Mathematics, Music Education, Social Studies, Integrated Science, Spanish, Speech & Communication (minor only), Psychology (minor only), and Visual Arts. We also offer a Master of Arts with Secondary Certification (MAC), which is a clinically-based Master of Arts program situated in an urban context. For more information on "The Detroit Teacher Project" or "The Flint Teacher Project" please see Graduate Programs.

The undergraduate and post-baccalaureate TCP programs offered on the UM-Flint campus are a unique collaboration among members of the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS), and K-12 schools. Our program is "uniquely Flint" both because it incorporates a place-based approach to teaching and learning, and because it emphasizes the campus-wide values of community engagement, working with diverse populations, and giving students hands-on experience in a variety of settings. The Secondary and K-12 TCP programs include a phased professional coursework sequence. Each phase entails significant fieldwork and ensures that teacher candidates have continual exposure to exceptionalities and diversity tied to threads of development and learning, engagement, and technology. Our program is also aligned with the Danielson Framework, which helps ensure that candidates are aware of expectations and that the scope and sequence of the curriculum are well mapped.

Our Secondary and K-12 TCP programs are grounded in co-teaching and collaboration. A number of courses in the professional sequence are team-taught. Faculty members teaching professional courses meet regularly during each semester to discuss the progress of courses and candidates. They also have a collective research agenda exploring the place-based framework, field and clinical experiences, and K-12 partnerships. Each program has dedicated advisors and faculty members with the breadth and depth of knowledge within their fields needed to assist candidates in attaining the appropriate content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and pedagogical skills they need for their future careers. Advising takes place throughout each candidate's academic career and at clearly defined transition points. These one-on-one interactions provide candidates unique opportunities for additional instruction beyond their coursework.

TCP Programs

Each secondary and K-12 teacher certificate program has dedicated faculty advisors, ensuring an appropriate knowledge base and field expertise for candidate questions. Initial and general advising questions should be directed to the Center for Educator Preparation at 810-762-3257.

Integrated Science TCP - Katherine Eaton
English TCP
Major or Minor
English & Linguistics Suzanne Knight
Mathematics TCP
Major or Minor
Mathematics Krista Hansen;
Laura McLeman
Music Education Music music@umflint.edu
Social Studies TCP - Annie Whitlock
Spanish TCP
Major or Minor
Foreign Languges  
Psychology TCP 
(minor only)
Psychology Nicole Altheide
Visual Arts Communication & Visual Art Ben Gaydos



Since Fall 2015, all secondary and K-12 teacher’s certificate programs are now following a new, phased professional coursework sequence. Listed below are the courses required in addition to TCP major and minor courses and other degree requirements including general education. NOTE: Because Music Education and Visual Arts Education teacher candidates will be certified to teach in grades K-12, they follow a modified sequence and are also not required to have a minor. A minor is also not required for the Social Studies TCP, which is a designated comprehensive major. Please see the Center for Educator Preparation or the appropriate TCP advisor for further information. 

Phase I – Foundational.  

Coursework: PSY 100; HIS 220 or HIS 221; SEC 200, SEC 201 (12 credits).

For acceptance to Phase II you must:

  1. Complete at least 55 credits (junior standing), including at least 18 credits in your TCP major and 12 in your TCP minor [and the professional coursework listed above].
  2. Pass all sections of the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (PRE).
  3. Complete an application to Phase II, including a felony/misdemeanor form.
  4. Interview with your TCP advisor, to include discussion of the Dispositions Inventory and pieces for the Individual Major Portfolio.
Phase II – Pre-professional.  

Coursework: PSY 313, SEC 320, SEC 445; a course in the history or culture of an American ethnic group from:  AFA 270/SOC 270, AFA 331, AFA 334/HIS 334, EDE 305, ENG 213, ENG 374, EDE 432/PUB 438 (12 credits).

For acceptance to Phase III you must:

  1. Complete at least 85 credits (senior standing), including at least 90% of the major and minor requirements [and the professional coursework listed above].
  2. Complete an application to Phase III, including a felony/misdemeanor form
  3. Interview with your TCP advisor, to include discussion of the Dispositions Inventory and pieces for the Individual Major Portfolio.
Phase III – Professional. 

Coursework: SEC 330; Major methods course, Minor methods course (if required); SEC 469, SEC 499 (18-21 credits).

To be recommended for teacher certification you must:

  1. Complete at least 124 credits, including all major and minor requirements as well as general education requirements of your degree.
  2. Participate in an exit interview with your TCP advisor, to include discussion of the completed Individual Major Portfolio and results of the Student Teaching Evaluation.
  3. Take the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) subject area test in the major and minor (where applicable), with a passing score on the major area test.
  4. Complete an advanced and valid course in first aid and adult and child CPR from an approved provider.
  5. Complete all paperwork necessary for certification, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

This information is also available to download in a PDF.


The transition to the new secondary education programs will affect students who are already enrolled. Starting in Fall 2015, some courses will be changing prefixes, but will automatically substitute for one another:

  • ENG 410/EDR 445 is now SEC 445
  • Methods Courses are now renumbered (or crosslisted) as SEC courses. Please see this table.

In addition to changing prefix, the student teaching courses (formerly EDS 469 and EDS 499) have a credit hour change: They are now SEC 469 [3cr] and SEC 499 [9cr]. The total credits for student teaching remain the same.

Some courses in the "old program" will no longer be offered after 2015-16.  EDS 300, EDS 302, and EDS 360 will all be offered in BOTH Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 but will NOT be offered after that. You may substitute:

  • PSY 313 for EDS 300
  • SEC 200 OR SEC 201 for EDS 302
  • SEC 320 for EDS 360

During AY 2015-16 (when both "new" and "old" coursework are offered), students from earlier catalogs who wish to select SEC coursework or PSY 313 instead of EDS coursework may do so, all or in part, according to the substitutions listed above after consulting with their TCP advisor.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to student teach in Fall of 2016, you MUST take EDS 360 in Fall 15 or Winter 16, as the substitute course, SEC 320, will not be offered until Fall 2016.

For more information, please view this Prezi or go to the Center for Educator Preparation.