Admission and Program Completion Processes
Important: Teacher certification requirements listed are subject to changes mandated by the Michigan Department of Education.
The process for pursuing teacher certification has four steps, whether a student is enrolled in baccalaureate, post-degree, or graduate programs.
Step 1: Admission to the College of Liberal Arts & Education
Receipt of a Plan of Study and Registration of Coursework: After formal admission to the University, the student is required to meet with an education advisor for a Plan of Study. The advisor will then draft a Plan of Study based upon the certification level and student's major and/or minor. A student who wishes to begin taking teacher education courses must schedule an appointment with the assigned education advisor. The advisor will then assist the student with course scheduling toward the desired level of certification. At the initial advising meeting, the advisor will discuss with the student the completion of the Felony Inquiry Form.
In order to continue studies in education, beyond EDU 4000/5001 Introduction to Education, EDU 4400/5140 School and Society, EDU 4590/6000 Instructional Technology/Computers in the Classroom and SED 4600/5600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Person, students are REQUIRED to pass all sections (reading, writing, and mathematics) of the State-required Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) within the first two semesters of enrollment. Post-degree and graduate students are strongly advised to pass the PRE prior to full admission to the University.
Passage of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, Professional Readiness Exam (PRE): Students seeking teacher certification must take the PRE. According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) teacher candidates may now request to use their ACT scores as alternative scores for the PRE. Please contact the Education Department for details.
Students who have not passed college algebra must take a placement test for mathematics with University Academic Services and follow through with the remediation recommended. Until the course is passed, students may take EDU 4000/5001: Introduction to Education, and courses which will satisfy core-curriculum and major and minor requirements. Upon passage of the PRE, students may take the foundational education courses, but must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program to complete educational methods courses and qualify for student teaching assignments.
Step 2: Entry into the Teacher Education Program
Prior to applying to the Teacher Education Program, students must satisfy the following requirements:
- Successfully complete EDU 4000/5001 Introduction to Education course
- Passage of all three components of the PRE.
- Completion of at least 9 credit hours in teaching major with a 2.7 G.P.A.
- Completion of at least 6 credit hours in teaching minor with a 2.7 G.P.A. (if seeking secondary certification)
- Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
Note: A student is seeking Elementary Certification with the Two Minor option, the student must complete 6 credits hours in both minor areas.
Complete and submit a Teacher Education Program Packet, available in Reno Hall, room 247, or for download. The packet includes two recommendation forms. One form can be completed by a professional educator and the other must be completed by a University of Detroit Mercy faculty member in the Department of Education. You must also include an evaluation of work with groups of children at the desired certification level (K-8 or 6-12) and a felony inquiry. Upon receipt of the application, the Teacher Education Council (TEC) will make a determination on the readiness of the student and a letter will be sent informing the applicant of the decision, with an explanation if necessary, that will inform the student of any deficits and suggestions of ways to address them. If a student is not satisfied with the decision of the committee, he/she may appeal through the Chair of the Education Department.
Acceptance into Detroit Mercy's Teacher Education Program
Once admitted to the Teacher Education Program, an education faculty advisor will be assigned to guide the student. The student will be able to complete educational methods courses in preparation of student teaching assignment. All students seeking formal admission into the Special Education Program are required to complete the following courses prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program: PYC 2500, EDU 4320/5130 and SED 4600/5600.
Upon acceptance into the Teacher Education Program, students must complete all remaining program requirements including education courses, methods courses, and the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) within five years of being admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
Step 3: Student Teaching
Before student teaching placement, students must satisfy the following requirements:
- Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program
- Completion of all Education coursework with a grade of ‘C’ or better
- Completion of all appropriate methods courses
- Completion of at least 96 credit hours with a minimum of 24 credits in teaching major and 15 credits in teaching minor
- Have maintained a 2.7 grade point average in both teaching major and minor, as well as professional education sequence
- Grade of “C” or better in CST 1010 (or equivalent)
- Grade of “C” or better in ENL 1310 (or equivalent)
- Have taken a test for tuberculosis with a negative result within the past academic year.
Students must complete a student teaching assignment during the Fall and Winter terms only. Once the prerequisites are met, the student may secure a Student Teaching application available in Reno Hall, room 247, or for download.
- Application for a Fall placement must be submitted by February 1 of the year in which the student hopes to be placed.
- Alternately, a student must apply by October 1 for an assignment the following January.
Step 4: Recommendation for Certification
Students may apply for certification after successful completion of student teaching. Students cannot be recommended for certification to the State of Michigan until all degree requirements and certification requirements have been completed, including:
- Completion of degree requirements (except post-degree students)
- Completion of major/minor core requirements with a grade point average of 2.7; 3.0 in special education courses
- Completion of Education courses with a GPA. of 2.7
- Passage of the PRE and MTTC content area test(s) in the areas of endorsement
- A valid First Aid and CPR (adult, child and infant) Certification
- A grade of "pass" for student teaching
Note: Students should plan far enough in advance to successfully complete all MTTC Content Area Tests necessary for certification being sought prior to submission of the Teacher Certification Application.
Students may apply for certification after successful completion of student teaching. Students cannot be recommended for an initial provisional teacher certification to the Michigan Department of Education until all degree requirements and certification requirements have been completed, including the passing of the appropriate MTTC content area tests in the candidate's major and/or minor(s). Those seeking certification at the Elementary level MUST also pass the Elementary level test. Those seeking certification at the Secondary level MUST pass the major content area test. Secondary students are HIGHLY encouraged to take and pass the minor area test. Candidates must complete the “Teacher Exit Survey” for the Michigan Department of Education, print the confirmation and submit it to the Coordinator of Student Teaching.
To Apply for the Initial Provisional Teaching Certificate
Teacher candidates must apply for the Initial Provisional Certificate online. Please follow the steps for "how to apply for certificate and endorsement" though the Michigan Online Educators Certification System.
Note: After completing the certification application and receiving the certificate from the Michigan Department of Education, teachers may return to the Office of Teacher Certification at University of Detroit Mercy, Reno Hall 241, for the notarization of their teaching certificate.
Criminal Background History Checks
(Addendum to Admission Requirements)
The “School Safety” legislation in Michigan requires criminal history background checking as a condition of employment, in any capacity, in all Michigan schools K-12. University of Detroit Mercy's College of Liberal Arts & Education Teacher Education Program requires students to participate in field experiences with K-12 schools. Students should understand that a school or school district may require a criminal history background check prior to accepting a University of Detroit Mercy student for any field experience, up to and including student teaching, in that school or school district.
The student shall be responsible for arranging the criminal history background check the school or school district may require and for any costs associated with the criminal history background check. It is the school or school district, not University of Detroit Mercy, which determines the consequence of what a student’s criminal history background check may reveal and how current the criminal history background check must be.
Criminal history background checks are also reviewed by the Michigan Department of Education at the time of teacher certification application.Certain convictions may delay or prohibit one from obtaining or maintaining a Michigan teaching certificate.
Note: Please be advised, students with a history of court action(s), particularly felonious actions, may have difficulty obtaining teacher certification from the Michigan Department of Education. Any court activities should be self-disclosed prior to the application for the Teacher Education Program. If the occurrence is during the program, immediately notify your Education Department faculty advisor at University of Detroit Mercy in writing.