Why UM-Flint is the Right Choice for Educators

You will learn from the region’s top experts in the fields of literacy, early childhood education, educational technology, science education, math education, special education, and social and psychological foundations. Through active engagement in educational research and practical classroom experience, University of Michigan-Flint professors have the knowledge, skill, and experience required to prepare highly-qualified education professionals for successful careers.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Early Childhood Studies Catalog Description
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies provides preparation for persons who will pursue careers that involve working with young children and families with young children, and for graduate study in related fields, such as psychology, social work, education, medical professions, health sciences, business, economics, or social policy, among others. Graduates will possess specific understanding of early childhood professional ethics and practice to support child development and learning in particular: creativity, reflection, critical thinking and problem solving, and emotional and social development.

Students in the program working in qualified preschool education programs are eligible to apply for the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship to support their education. The program of study does not lead to teacher certification.

Elementary Education Catalog Description
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education emphasizes human development and its importance in teaching children in the age span from birth through grade 8, and focuses on constructivist teaching and place-based education. Two options are available. Option 1 consists of a major in elementary education and includes a Language Arts Elementary Education Minor and a Mathematics Elementary Education Minor. Option 2 consists of a comprehensive major focused on early childhood education and includes a Specialization in Early Childhood Education (ZS endorsement). Once accepted, students complete the program in cohorted groups.

This degree program offers a Honors track. Learn more.

Secondary Teacher Education Certification Catalog Description
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 Certification (MAC), which is a clinically-based Master of Arts program situated in an urban context.

The undergraduate and post-baccalaureate TCP programs offered on the UM-Flint campus is a “uniquely Flint” experience because it highlights a place-based approach to teaching and learning, 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.

Secondary Teaching Certificates

Master’s Degrees


Specialist Degree


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Reading Center

The University of Michigan-Flint Reading Center and Writing Camp, also known as the Summer Literacy Camp, provides a unique opportunity for K-12 students to receive instructional support in reading and writing from university graduate and undergraduate students studying literacy assessment.