"The Education department at UDM is truly different from other programs ... I am so grateful for the influence of this program on my development as an educator and for the community of love and support that they provided."

Are you passionately committed to the learning process? University of Detroit Mercy’s Education program is for you! From the time you begin, you’ll enroll in interactive classes that blend learning from a variety of sources — classroom, on-line and field experience — and prepare you to achieve your career goals. So, whether you dream of being the best classroom teacher or leading a department, school, district or educational program, University of Detroit Mercy Education programs offer you the keys to achieve your goals.

Great Academics

Are you looking to qualify for teacher certification? Improve your skills with an endorsement? Be a leader in your field as you engage in graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration or Special Education? UDM has top-notch programs approved by the Michigan Department of Education. Our Teacher Certification Education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Small class sizes mean you’ll never be just another face in the crowd; your professors will know and mentor you as an individual. In fact, many students form mentor relationships with faculty that last long past graduation.

Among our greatest points of pride:

  • Our faculty members have doctorate degrees and extensive first-hand experience in their areas of expertise: as classroom and special education teachers; in school, district and university leadership roles.
  • We were the first teacher preparation program in the state to work with Michigan Virtual University to provide students with teaching experience in an on-line classroom learning environment, and the first to guide students to develop and publish our Educator Code of Ethics.
  • Students engage in action research projects that provide avenues for leading school improvement initiatives during their graduate course of study
  • Collaborative relationships with universities around the United States and abroad offer students the opportunity for international experience.
  • All classes provide students with field experience opportunities, and teacher certification students complete a minimum of 80-100 hours of field service, depending on their certification specialty before student teaching.

Great Outcomes

Our students are successful teachers, department heads, administrators, program directors, higher education instructors and educational consultants — all of who make a positive difference in students’ lives.

You will advance in your professional career in education, thanks to the experiences afforded to you at UDM. Forming professional learning networks with your class colleagues, using access to the latest interactive technology, such as smart boards, cameras and audio editing equipment to create effective learning experiences, and participating through on-line collaborations as well as in local, state and national conventions, allow you to engage in valuable professional collaborations that will form a basis for continued professional development.

When you graduate, your electronic portfolio will demonstrate evidence of your professional knowledge and skills to potential employers. Not sure why this matters?

“Initially, I thought an electronic portfolio was a waste of time,” said one graduate. “But now I see it as what sets me apart from other candidates.”

  • Each year, nearly 50 percent of our teacher certification graduates fill high-need areas of math, science and special education.
  • Two teacher certification students were named “Best Intern” by the Teachers of Promise Foundation.
  • Graduates of UDM Master Degree Programs are recognized regularly as outstanding teachers by their School Administrators and students for their contributions to student learning and school outcome achievement.
  • Professional contributions of Graduate Students include published articles and books to improve teaching and learning; presentations at local, state and national professional conferences; creation of their own educational consulting businesses; design and development of programs to improve higher education learning; piloting innovative curriculum programs; and, pursuit of doctoral degrees in their chosen field of study in order to continue achieving their career goals.

Alumni Profile: Ann Raftery

Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction

 When Ann Raftery began her graduate program at UDM, she intended to become an elementary school math teacher. But her plans began to shift when she volunteered for Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc., a Farmington Hills-based nonprofit that works with schools — many in areas where the poverty level is 90 to 99 percent — to teach students (and their parents) healthy sleep habits... Read more.

ann raftery

Great Values

For more than 100 years, UDM has prepared educators for successful careers. We believe in the power of education to positively impact society.

Our Education programs focus on developing the know-how to be an educator who uses research, inquiry and the guidelines of the UDM Educator Code of Ethics to act as a moral agent in the best interests of students who continually improve our world.

Do you dream of being a leader in your classroom, in an educational program, a school community, professional organization, a district or school system? We can help you do great things to achieve your dream!

Great American City

Our students — prospective teachers, practicing educators, administrative interns, school principals — benefit from our deep connections throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. We collaborate with public, private, charter and faith-based schools, higher education, educational institutions and professional organizations in and around the city.

You have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and parents from across our diverse area. You will gain critical experience from day one; the “know – how” to use your conceptual understanding and skill set with various social, economic and cultural populations. Learn how to capitalize on the energy and dynamics across a broad range of populations, businesses, industries and organizations to address 21st century challenges.

Come, open the door, visit us and learn how you can play an active role in creating your own path to success. Great things are in store for you at the University of Detroit Mercy!

Elementary Teacher Certification

Students preparing to teach in the elementary school pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a teaching major and a teaching minor in an academic subject area in addition to the University Core Curriculum requirements and the professional education sequence of courses. The department reserves the right to require specific courses in the major or minor.

The following teaching majors and minors are approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for Elementary Certification:

  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Emotionally Impaired/ Behaviorally Disordered (major only)
  • Learning Disabilities (major only)

Teaching Majors and Minors

A teaching major consists of not less than 30 credit hours in a single discipline or 36 credit hours in a group of disciplines. Some content area majors may require additional credit hours to complete. Individual departments should be consulted regarding the required number of credit hours to complete a major. A teaching minor consists of not less than 20 credit hours in a single discipline and 24 credit hours in a group of disciplines. Teaching majors and teaching minors must be appropriate to the elementary school. Students should consult their advisor regarding courses for the teaching major and the teaching minor as well as other program requirements. The department reserves the right to require specific courses in the major and minor.

Program Requirements
43 credit hours

EDU 4000 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDU 4320 Psychology of Education 3 credits
EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education 3 credits
EDU 4400* School and Society 3 credits
EDU 4500 Integrating the Arts in the Classroom 3 credits
EDU 4450 Methods of Physical and Health Education 3 credits
SED 4600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons

3 credits

EDU 4410 Elementary Science Methods 2 credits
EDU 4420 Elementary Social Studies Methods 2 credits
EDU 4430 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools 3 credits
EDU 4480 Elementary Language Arts 3 credits
EDU 4490

Elementary Mathematics Methods

2 credits
EDU 4590

Instructional Technology

3 credits
EDU 4820

Elementary Student Teaching

8 credits

*Can be used to fulfill core curriculum

Supportive Courses for Elementary Education

MED 4770 Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I
3 credits
MED 4780 Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II 3 credits
POL 2100* American Politics 3 credits
ECN 1000* Introduction to Economics 3 credits
BIO 1030* Environmental Science 3 credits
CHM 1030* Chemistry in Society 3 credits
PHY 1080* History of the Universe 3 credits
CST 1010* Fundamentals of Speech 3 credits
HIS 2500* The United States to 1877 3 credits
HIS 2640* Comparative Civilizations 3 credits
ENL 2350* Study of Fiction 3 credits
ENL 2450* Study of Poetry 3 credits
ENL 3900 Children's Literature 3 credits
GEO 2110* World Regional Geography 3 credits
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for elementary teacher certification.

Undergraduate, post-degree, and graduate students who are interested in teacher certification must pass all three components of the Michigan Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) in order to be admitted to the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) as an education student. Students preparing to take the PRE will be permitted to register as "pre-education" students.

*Undergraduate students must pass all three components of the PRE prior to their junior year.

The College of Liberal Arts & Education also offers a teacher education program for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The program may be pursued on a part-time, late afternoon or evening basis with the exception of the student teaching requirement which is a 15-week semester of full-day attendance.

Content Areas Tests correspond to the areas of endorsement at the appropriate level of certification (Elementary or Secondary), in which a student intends to become certified. Students in the post-degree program must satisfy all teacher certification program requirements.

Post Degree Certification
Post-degree students may prepare for an elementary or secondary teaching certificate in the College of Liberal Arts& Education. For either program, students are required to have fulfilled the core curriculum requirements for the College of Liberal Arts & Education or Engineering& Science for some secondary education students, depending upon the degree major.

Secondary Teacher Certification

Students preparing to teach in secondary schools may complete the requirements for a teaching certificate in connection with their degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Education or the College of Engineering & Science.

The requirements for a secondary school teaching certificate include completion of a teaching major and teaching minor in an academic subject area appropriate to the secondary school and the professional education sequence. In most instances, the degree major constitutes the teaching major.

Students in the secondary teacher education program are assigned an education advisor in the Education Department upon admission to the teacher certification program to plan the completion of the teaching major, the teaching minor and the education sequence of courses.

Teaching Majors and Minors
A teaching major consists of not less than 30 semester hours in a single discipline or 36 semester hours in a group of disciplines. Some content area majors may require additional credit hours to complete. Individual departments should be consulted regarding the required number of credit hours to complete a major. A teaching minor consists of not less than 20 credit hours in a single discipline or not less than 24 credit hours in a group of disciplines. The department reserves the right to require specific courses in the major and minor.

The following teaching majors and minors are approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for Secondary Certification:

Majors Minors
Biology Biology
Chemistry Chemistry
Computer Science Computer Science
Economics Economics
English English
History History
Integrated Science Mathematics
Mathematics Political Science
Political Science Psychology
Social Studies Sociology
Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disorderd
Learning Disabled

Program Requirements
35 credit hours

EDU 4000 Introduction to Education (Must be
completed within the first two semesters
of enrollment in a Teacher Education Program)
3 credits
EDU 4320 Psychology of Education (with Lab)
(Pre or co-requisite:
EDU 4000. Prerequisite for all methods courses:
4780, 4690, 4710, 4730, 4740)
3 credits
EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education 3 credits
EDU 4400* School and Society 3 credits
SED 4600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons 3 credits
EDU 4590 Instructional Technology 3 credits
EDU 4780 Reading in the Content Areas
(Prerequisite: EDU 4320. Must be admitted
into Teacher Certification Program*)
3 credits
EDU 4690 Secondary Curriculum Methods 3 credits
*Can be used to fulfill core curriculum

One of the following:

EDU 4710 Secondary Mathematics Methods 3 credits
EDU 4730 Secondary Social Studies Methods 3 credits
EDU 4740 Secondary English Methods 3 credits
EDU 4750 Secondary Science Methods 3 credits

AND

EDU 4900* Secondary Student Teaching 8 credits

* See current Teacher Certification Handbook for requirements.

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for secondary teacher certification.

Teacher Certification Required Courses-Secondary
Note: Pre-teacher education students are expected to pass all sections of the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) --reading, mathematics and writing--prior to admission into the teacher education program.

Post Degree Certification
Required coursework is dependent upon the student's coursework. Students planning to pursue post degree education certification should make an appointment with an education advisor to develop a planned program.

 

The College of Liberal Arts & Education offers four programs leading to endorsements in special education:

B.S.Ed. with Learning Disabilities or Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Endorsement

Learning Disabilities is a field of Special Education which deals with children who have average or above average intelligence but who are not able to learn in conventional ways.

The Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered is a field of Special Education which deals with children who are unable to learn or to function due to emotional and or behavioral problems.

Students completing the requirements for either program earn a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree.

Special Education Program

Students majoring in special education will be recommended for an elementary provisional certification or a secondary provisional certificate. The special education major qualifies students to teach the special education category from kindergarten to grade 12.

Additionally, the state elementary provisional certificate is valid for teaching all subjects in grades K-5, and for teaching K-8 self-contained.

The state secondary provisional certificate is valid for teaching in subject areas in grades 7 to and including grade 12 in which the applicant has completed a major or minor.

Program Requirements

Course requirements for major programs in special education learning disabilities are distributed as follows: (University Core Curriculum as Specified)

Professional Education Core (36 credits minimum)
Students planning to become certified to teach in learning disabilities or the emotionally impaired/behaviorally disordered must complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of coursework which include educational foundations, teaching methodology including instructional technology, reading instruction, special education, classroom observation and participation, and student teaching.

Teaching Minor (20-24 credits)
Minors are chosen from those listed under elementary education program.

Learning Disabilities Major Requirements
36 credit hours

EDU 4310 Classroom Management 3 credits
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization 3 credits
SED 3570 Field Experience 3 credits
SED 3700 Introduction to Learning Disabilities 3 credits
SED 3710 Educating the Learning Disabled 3 credits
SED 4120 Special Education in the Secondary Schools 3 credits
SED 4530 Assessment in Special Education 3 credits
SED 4670 Strategies of Teaching Math and Language Arts:
Learning Disabilities
3 credits
SED 4860 Response to Intervention 3 credits
SED 4740 Student Teaching Learning Disabilities 6 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for a major in Learning Disabilities Special Education.

Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Major Requirements
39 credit hours

EDU 4310 Classroom Management 3 credits
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization 3 credits
SED 3570 Field Experience 3 credits
SED 3800 Introduction to Emotional Impaired and Behavioral Disordered 3 credits
SED 3810 Educating the Emotionally Impaired 3 credits
SED 4120 Special Education in the Secondary Schools 3 credits
SED 4530 Assessment in Special Education 3 credits
SED 4820 Educating the Severely Emotional Impaired and Autistic 3 credits
SED 4840 Student Teaching Emotionally Impaired 6 credits
SED 4860 Response to Intervention 3 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for a major in Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Special Education.


M.A. in Special Education with LD or EI/BD Endorsement

Earn you Master of Arts - Special Education with either a Learning Disabilities Endorsement or an Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Endorsement at University of Detroit Mercy. For those seeking their initial teacher certification, there is also a program that combines the requirements for the master's and endorsements with the requirements for the teacher certification.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to graduate study in special education are a 3.0 grade point average and fulfillment of requirements for a state teaching certificate, or a background of education and experience satisfactory to the department. Applicants for programs in special education will be required to give evidence of their ability to pursue a professional career in the area chosen for study by submitting three letters of recommendation.

Master of Arts - Special Education with Learning Disabilities Endorsement

The Special Education-Learning Disabilities Program is designed to meet the needs of teachers who wish to prepare themselves for working with individuals experiencing specific and general learning problems at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. Additionally, it prepares teachers to meet the needs of exceptional students. It also presents a means for supervisors and administrators to develop leadership skills in the areas of special education-learning disabilities.

Program Requirements
39 credit hours

EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research 3 credits
EDU 5260 Collaboration & Consultation in Education 3 credits
EDU 6310 School and Classroom Management 3 credits
SED 5120 Transitions: Special Education in Middle and Secondary Schools 3 credits
SED 5630 Identification and Assessment in Special Education 3 credits
SED 5670 Teaching Math and Language Arts 3 credits
SED 5710 Learning Disabilities 3 credits
SED 5760 Educating the Learning Disabled 3 credits
SED 5850 Research and Response to Intervention 3 credits
SED 5860 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
Exceptional Students
3 credits
SED 5870* Research Seminar 3 credits
SED 6600 Learning Disabilities Student Teaching 6 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for an M.A. in Special Education with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities.

Master of Arts - Special Education with Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered Endorsement

The Special Education-Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered program is designed to meet the needs of teachers who wish to prepare themselves for working with individuals experiencing mild to severe emotional and behavioral problems at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Additionally, it prepares teachers to meet the needs of exceptional students in the inclusive setting. It also presents a means for supervisors and administrators to develop leadership skills in the areas of special education-emotionally impaired/behaviorally disordered.

Program Requirements
39 credit hours

EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research 3 credits
EDU 5260 Collaboration & Consultation in Education 3 credits
EDU 6310 School and Classroom Management 3 credits
SED 5120 Transitions: Special Education in Middle and Secondary Schools 3 credits

SED 5630

Identification and Assessment in Special Education 3 credits
SED 5810 Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered 3 credits
SED 5820

Educating the Severely Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered/Autistic Student

3 credits
SED 5830 Educating the Emotionally Impaired 3 credits
SED 5850 Research and Response to Intervention 3 credits
SED 5860 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students 3 credits
SED 5870* Research Seminar 3 credits
SED 6601 Emotionally Impaired Student Teaching 6 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for an M.A. in Special Education with an endorsement in Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered.

Initial Teaching Certification for Graduate Students

This program is for those persons not having a teaching certificate who wish to obtain a teaching certificate, a Special Education endorsement in the Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered or Learning Disabilities, and a master's in Special Education. The program combines the required courses for teacher certification, the Special Education endorsement, and Master's in the Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered or Learning Disabilities. Additionally, it prepares teachers to meet the needs of exceptional students in the inclusionary setting. The requirements below are in addition to the master's and endorsement requirements list above. 

Elementary Teacher Certification Requirements

EDU 5001 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDU 5010 Integration of the Arts 3 credits
EDU 5130 Principles of Learning, Development & Adjustment 3 credits
EDU 5140 Society & Education 3 credits
EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies 3 credits
EDU 6000 Computer Uses in Education 3 credits
SED 5600 Exceptional Persons 3 credits
EDU 5022 Methods & Materials of Instruction in Science in the Elementary/Middle Schools 2 credits
EDU 5023 Methods & Materials of Instruction in Social Studies in the Elementary/Middle Schools 2 credits
EDU 5024 Teaching Reading in the Elementary/Middle Schools 3 credits
EDU 5025 Methods & Materials of Instruction in Reading and Language Arts in
the Elementary/Middle Schools
3 credits
EDU 5026 Methods & Materials of Instruction in Mathematics in the Elementary/Middle Schools 2 credits
EDU 5027 Physical and Health Education 2 credits
EDU 5800 Student Teaching in the Elementary/Middle Schools 6 credits

Secondary Teacher Certification Requirements

EDU 5001 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDU 5130 Principles of Learning, Development & Adjustment 3 credits
EDU 5140 Society & Education 3 credits
EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies 3 credits
EDU 6000 Computer Uses in Education 3 credits
SED 5600 Exceptional Persons 3 credits
EDU 5031 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in the Secondary Schools 3 credits
EDU 5780 Reading in the Content Areas 3 credits
EDU 5801 Student Teaching 6 credits
 
Select one from the following four courses that correspond to the minor selected:
EDU 5032 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in Mathematics 3 credits
EDU 5033 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in Social Studies 3 credits
EDU 5034 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in English 3 credits
EDU 5035 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in Science 3 credits

Minor in Education

The 18-credit-hour minor in education is designed for those students who are interested in applying content knowledge in diverse settings and working with diverse populations but are not planning to pursue teacher certification as this minor will not prepare the student to become a certified teacher in Michigan. The course work is based on the Education Department's Conceptual Framework which addresses the ethical behaviors for demonstrating how a teacher as scholar, inquirer and moral agent interacts with their constituents in the role of educator.

Required Courses
18 credit hours

EDU 4000 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDU 4320 Psychology of Education 3 credits
EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education 3 credits
EDU 4400 School and Society 3 credits
EDU 4455 Applied Educational Strategies 3 credits
EDU 4590 Instructional Technology 3 credits

*A minor in Education does not prepare a student for teacher certification in Michigan.

The Master of Arts - Curriculum and Instruction is designed for you to imagine, to envision, and to create effective, high-achieving and equitable education for 21st century student learning.

Two graduate degree programs are offered:

Both programs model a hybrid course teaching methodology so that you experience the power of integrating face-to-face and emerging technology-supported learning to engage the learner.

Use your prior education and experience as resources for developing reflective practitioner skills as an education professional. Acquire an operational framework of core competencies that utilizes a comprehensive research-based knowledge and skill base to plan, monitor, adjust and evaluate teaching strategies within the complex and rapidly changing contextual situations of educational settings. Emphasize leveraging classroom and school-wide strategies that enable you to collaborate with professional colleagues, parents, and community resources.

You will work closely with your program advisor to select a program focus and to plan a course of study that includes prior knowledge, experience, and special interests.

Master of Arts - Curriculum and Instruction

Designed for the experienced educator, the course of study for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction for Experienced Educators provides the conceptual, technical and decision-making skills needed to be a master educator and leader in school renewal.

As you pursue this degree program, you can use coursework to address school, program, classroom issues and challenges as a classroom teacher and school leader. Course projects provide practical opportunities to apply classic and emerging educational theories and strategies for achieving expected learner outcomes. Courses can be used to prepare for application to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for national teaching certification. See your program advisor for current requirements.

Special interests can be pursued within the program. These may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Adult Learner
  • Collaboration for Inclusionary Education
  • Department and School Leadership
  • Multicultural and Diversity Curriculum
  • Staff Professional Development
  • Standards-Based Curriculum
  • Success for All Students
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Technology Integration


Admission Requirements

Applicants must qualify for graduate study, have a 3.0 GPA, a state teaching certificate or a background in education and experience satisfactory to the department. Program applicants must give evidence of their ability to pursue this program of study as well as to apply learning principles in their chosen specialty area and submit three letters of recommendation as verification of your educational achievements.


Degree Requirements
30 credit hours

EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research 3 credits
EDU 5160 Elementary Curriculum Construction 3 credits
EDU 5170 Secondary Curriculum Construction 3 credits
EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies 3 credits
EDU 5960 Program Planning, Evaluation, Development and Implementation 3 credits
EDU 6090 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum Planning 3 credits
EDU 6200 Supervision of Instruction 3 credits
Special interest electives are chosen in consultation with an advisor. 9 credits
Master's-Degree Level Research 3-6 credits

Core competency courses are continuously adjusted to meet the rapidly changing demands of effective education. Within the Curriculum and Instruction Program, you need to work closely with your program advisor to determine current requirements and possible course offerings which fulfill this degree program.

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Funding Your Education

Get 60% off your tuition through the School Educators Tuition Remission Discount

If you are currently working full-time as a teacher, substitute, administrator, paraprofessional, counselor, or teacher's aid of an elementary or secondary school you may be eligible to receive 60% off your tuition. Applicants in good standing must enroll in an education program to be eligible.

Click here for the tuition discount form.

Master of Arts - Curriculum and Instruction with Teacher Certification

Designed to meet your needs when you elect to change careers and enter the teaching profession, addresses the teaching standards required to qualify for certification and emphasizes the application of previous education and experience.

You develop a comprehensive knowledge and competency base for making effective teaching decisions by engaging in active learning situations which integrate theory and research findings with practical action toward student achievement of clear educational goals.

Core courses of this master's degree provide you with a framework to leverage classroom and school-wide strategies that enable you to collaborate with professional colleagues, parents and community resources as a teacher leader.

You will work closely with your program advisor to select a program focus and to plan a course of study that includes prior knowledge, experience, and special interests.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must qualify for graduate study and must show evidence of both a teaching major of at least 30 hours and/or teaching minors of at least 20 hours. A 3.0 GPA in the applicant's overall undergraduate record and at least a 2.7 GPA in a teaching major and/or teaching minors is required for admission to the program. In addition, teacher certification candidates must pass all three sections of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) submit three letters of recommendation indicating ability to pursue a career path in teaching, and be accepted by the Teacher Education Council.

Degree Requirements
47-50 credit hours

Core courses and either Secondary or Elementary Teacher Certification courses

Core Requirements

EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research 3 credits
EDU 5160 or EDU 5170 Elementary Curriculum Construction or Secondary Curriculum Construction

3 credits

EDU 5960 Program Planning, Evaluation, Development and Implementation 3 credits
Master-Level Research 3-6 credits

Secondary Teacher Certification Requirements
43 credit hours

EDU 5001 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDU 5130 Principles of Learning, Development & Adjustment 3 credits
EDU 5140 Society & Education 3 credits
EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies 3 credits
EDU 6000 Computer Uses in Education 3 credits
SED 5600 Exceptional Persons 3 credits
EDU 5031 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in the Secondary Schools 3 credits
EDU 5780 Reading in the Content Areas 3 credits
EDU 5801 Student Teaching 6 credits
 
Select one from the following four courses that correspond to the minor selected:
EDU 5032 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in Mathematics 3 credits
EDU 5033 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in Social Studies 3 credits
EDU 5034 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in English 3 credits
EDU 5035 Curriculum & Methods of Teaching in Science 3 credits

Elementary Teacher Certification Requirements
38 credit hours

EDU 5001 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDU 5010 Integration of the Arts 3 credits
EDU 5027 Physical and Health Education Methods 2 credits
EDU 5130 Principles Learning, Development& Adjustment 3 credits
EDU 5140 Society and Education 3 credits
EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies 3 credits
EDU 6000 Computer Uses in Education 3 credits
SED 5600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons 3 credits
EDU 5022 Elementary Science Methods 2 credits
EDU 5023 Elementary Social Studies Methods 2 credits
EDU 5024 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools 3 credits
EDU 5025 Elementary Language Arts 3 credits
EDU 5026 Elementary Mathematics Methods 2 credits
EDU 5800 Elementary Student Teaching 8 credits

Please see the catalog for more information about the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with Teacher Certification.

Teacher certification subject area tests for the major and minor must be passed.

Note: The above requirements are subject to change if state requirements for certification change. Students must be sure to consult with their advisor to remain current regarding Michigan Department of Education requirements.

Master of Arts - Educational Administration

The Master of Arts in Educational Administration is designed for those individuals who are interested in pursuing a professional career in educational administration as a principal, assistant principal, other leadership positions in districts, schools, and community-based organizations.

Required Courses
36 credit hours

EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research
3 credits
EDU 5160 or EDU 5170 Elementary Curriculum Construction, or
Secondary Curriculum Construction
3 credits
EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies 3 credits
EDU 5730 or EDU 5740 Elementary School Leadership, or Administration of Secondary Schools
3 credits
EDU 5750 School Finance and Management Education Services
3 credits
EDU 5820 Schools and Community Relations
3 credits
EDU 5860 Legal Foundations
3 credits
EDU 5960 Program Planning, Evaluation,Development and Implementation
3 credits
EDU 6200 Supervision of Instruction
3 credits
EDU 5920 Elementary Leader Internship I, and
3 credits
EDU 5921 Elementary Leader Internship II
3 credits
or
EDU 5930 Secondary Leader Internship I, and
3 credits
EDU 5931 Secondary Leader Internship II
3 credits
EDU 5--- Elective credit to be selected in consultation with advisor
for any 5000-level or 6000-level course.

3 credits
EDU 6---

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for an M.A. in Educational Administration.

Funding Your Education

Get 60% off your tuition through the School Educator’s Tuition Remission Discount

If you are currently working full-time as a teacher, substitute, administrator, paraprofessional, counselor, or teacher’s aid of an elementary or secondary school you may be eligible to receive 60% off your tuition. Applicants in good standing must enroll in an education program to be eligible.

Click here for the tuition discount form.

Need more information before you apply?

Use the form below or contact the department chair: Lorri MacDonald 313-578-0431 | macdonlj@udmercy.edu

Are you ready to apply?

To apply for any of our programs, please visit the UDM Admissions page here:

http://www.udmercy.edu /apply/online/index.htm

Because our apply page needs to accommodate all of our applicants in the disciplines that UDM offers, it may seem a bit confusing at first. To help you navigate the admissions process, we encourage you to communicate with an admissions counselor by phone at 800-635-5020 or by email at admissions@udmercy.edu.