Why UM-Flint

Education Where It's Needed Most

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 challenging school environments 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.


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


The program is taught on-site at middle and high schools in Detroit, Flint, Alaska, and other challenging school environments where you’ll work closely with expert university and 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.


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 credits, the traditional full-time MAC program is completed in less than two years, with an option to earn your teaching certificate in one year.


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.


Upon successful completion of the program degree requirements, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or similar test of basic skills, and the Michigan Test for Teacher's Certification (MTTC) examination in a secondary education content area, the candidate will be eligible for a Michigan Interim Teaching License.  Candidates may be eligible for their teaching license after just one year.


The Secondary MAC will permit candidates who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, pass the SAT, 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


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.

Originally named "The Detroit Teacher Project" in 2012, the MAC program has greatly expanded to many places where education is needed most.



A total of 45 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and passing grades in all courses.

Year 1


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


  • EDN 510 - Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • EDR 541 - Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction in Secondary Classrooms (3)
  • EDS 500 - Developmental Psychology for Secondary Education (3)
  • EDS 515 - Urban Education (1-3) (elected for 1 credit)


  • EDE 670 - Research Seminar (3)
  • EDS 515 - Urban Education (1-3) (elected for 1 credit)


  • EDT 501 - Using Technology in Education (3)
Year 2


  • EDS 585 - Special Topics in Secondary Education (1-12) (elected for 3 credits)
  • EDS 668 - Student Teaching I (4-7)
  • EDS 698 - Student Teaching Seminar I (2)


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

Alternate Route

Secondary MAC will permit candidates who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, pass the SAT and MTTC content area exam(s), and successfully complete the first year of the program are eligible for a Michigan Interim teaching license.  While they complete the second year of the program, candidates substitute the following for EDS 668 and EDS 669:

  • EDS 665 - Alternative Route Track-Student Teaching I (4-7)
  • EDS 667 - Alternative Route Track-Student Teaching II (4-7)

Transfer of Credit

Up to six (6) hours of graduate credit (including coursework as a UM-Flint non-candidate for degree or “Lifelong Learning” student) may be accepted for transfer into the program.  All credit transfers must be approved by the Education Department faculty.  Students seeking to transfer credits not designated as program requirements or electives should contact the appropriate faculty advisor.

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



  • 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).


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered 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. A criminal background check that includes fingerprinting, at the candidate's expense, is also required.

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

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the winter semester.