Education with Certification (MAC)

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Master of Arts in Education with Certification (MAC)

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.

Real-World Focus
The MAC program focuses on experience-based learning intended to explicitly link theory with practice through clinical observation and student teaching placements for the entire program. 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.

Field-Based Experience
MAC students have been placed in 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Alternate Route to Teacher Certification
As an authorized Alternate Route Provider with the State of Michigan, MAC candidates who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, pass basic skills and MTTC content area tests, and successfully complete the first year of the program, are eligible for a Michigan Interim Teaching Certificate and employment while completing the remainder of the program.

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.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

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).

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose: Teaching anywhere is a privilege. Teaching in urban or rural contexts is not only a privilege but a calling. In a 750-word essay, describe why you are well-suited to this challenge.
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is an on-campus program. Admitted students are eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

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

Admission to the MAC program is reserved for the fall semester. Occasionally, the program will provide admissions to the winter semester as well. This is not guaranteed and we recommend all applicants plan for fall admission.

*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.