"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!

Option 1: Elementary Education (BA)

Option 2: Post Degree Elementary Teacher Program (non-degree preparation program for state exam certification)

Bachelor of Arts with a major in elementary education

Students preparing to teach in the elementary schoolmay pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in elementary education from University of Detroit Mercy.  In addition to the University Core Curriculum requirements and the professional education sequence of courses, students also pursue a teaching major and a teaching 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

*Undergraduate students must pass all three components of the Michigan Department of Education Professional Readiness Exam prior to their junior year.

Post-Degree Teacher Education Program - Elementary

For individuals who alreay possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and who whish to become certified by the Michigan Department of Education  to teach elementary education, Detroit Mercy offers a non-degree program that 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. This program will prepare you to take the certification exam provided by the Michigan Department of Education.

Students in the post-degree program must satisfy all teacher certification program requirementstudents are required to have fulfilled the University core curriculum requirements for the College of Liberal Arts & Education depending upon the degree major.

Option 1: Social Studies Education (BA)
Option 2: Post Degree Secondary Teacher Program (non-degree preparation program for state exam certification)

Description

Bachelor of Arts with a major in social studies education
Teacher education programs of the College of Liberal Arts & Education prepare effective and responsible professional teachers who have a commitment to the implementation of the Education Department's Code of Professional Ethics. This professional teacher will have an impact on school reform, the community and society. Education faculty help students become ethical, caring, value-directed persons who possess a commitment to urban society and social justice. Students also gain competency in the art and science of teaching from a research knowledge base and continue to be inquiring, reflective educators. The cosmopolitan nature of our metropolitan area (multi-cultural and multi-talented) provides a perfect laboratory for the education of the professional teacher.

University of Detroit Mercy offers this Bachelor of Arts with a major in social studies education with the purposes of teacher certification with endorsement in Social Studies (RX) for students who wish to teach in secondary schools. The social studies group major is a flexible one that is organized around InTASC and the Professional Standards of Michigan Teachers.

Degree Requirements

A candidate for this Bachelor of Arts with a major in social studies education must complete a minimum 126 earned hours acceptable to the degree program in which he/she is enrolled to be certified for graduation.


Course Requirements for the Social Studies Major (36 credits)

Required Courses

ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles
3 credits
ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles
3 credits
GEO 2110 World Regional Geography
3 credits
GEO 2120 Geography of Michigan
3 credits
HIS 2000 The Ancient Mediterranean World 3 credits
HIS 2640 Comparative Civilizations 3 credits
HIS 2500 United States to 1877 3 credits
HIS 2510 United States Since 1877 3 credits
HIS 4570 Michigan History
3 credits
POL 1000 Introduction to Political Science
3 credits
POL 2100 American Politics
3 credits
Choose one other elective from:
History, Political Science or Economics 3 credits

Secondary Teaching Minors (select from the options below):
•    Biology
•    Chemistry
•    Computer Science
•    Economics
•    English
•    History
•    Mathematics
•    Political Science
•    Psychology
•    Sociology

Required Professional Secondary Education Sequence
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.

Students planning to become certified to teach in secondary schools must complete 35 semester credit hours in the following sequence of Education courses.

EDU 4000 Introduction to Education
3 credits
EDU 4320 Psychology of Education 3 credits
EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education
3 credits
SED 4600 Mainstreaming and Education of Exceptional Persons
3 credits
EDU 4590 Instructional Technology
3 credits
EDU 4780 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
3 credits
EDU 4690  Secondary Curriculum Methods
3 credits
EDU 4730 Secondary Social Studies Methods
3 credits
EDU 4400 School and Society 3 credits

AND


EDU 4900* Secondary Student Teaching
8 credits

*See current Teacher Certification Handbook for 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.


Post-Degree Teacher Program - Secondary

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

The requirements for this non-degree program 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 program.

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:

Bachelor of Science with a major in special education - Learning Disabilities or Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered

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.


Master of Arts with a major in Special Education - LD EI/BD
Master of Arts with a major in Special Education - Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered

Earn you Master of Arts  with a major in Special Education - Learning Disabilities  or Master of Arts with a major in Special Education - Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered  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 with a major in Special Education - Learning Disabilities

This 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 with a major in Special Education - Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered

This 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 Preparation 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 Certificaiton Preparation Program 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 Preparation Program 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.

Overview

Pursing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction will help you to envision, create and implement effective, high-achieving and equitable education in our fast-paced and ever-evolving world.

University of Detroit Mercy offers two graduate programs in this field to fit where you are in your career:

  • Experienced educators i.e., K-12 certified/higher education/adult teachers, who seek to lead education renewal initiatives.
  • Educators seeking initial teacher certification that positions them to be educator leaders.

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

To learn more about our program for educators seeking initial certification, please visit the page for our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction and a concentration in teaching certification program.

If you are an experienced educator please continue reading on this page for our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction.

Description
Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction

Designed for the experienced educator, the course of study for the Master of Arts with a major 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.

Requirements for the Major
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

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Master of Arts with a Major in  Curriculum and Instruction with Teacher Certification Concentration

Overview

Pursing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction will help you to envision, create and implement effective, high-achieving and equitable education in our fast-paced and ever-evolving world.

University of Detroit Mercy offers two graduate programs in this field to fit where you are in your career:

  • Experienced educators i.e., K-12 certified/higher education/adult teachers, who seek to lead education renewal initiatives.
  • Educators seeking initial teacher certification that positions them to be educator leaders.

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

To learn more about our program for experienced educators please visit the page for our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction.

If you are an experienced educator please continue reading on this page for more on our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction and concentration in teacher certification.

Description

Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction with teacher certification concentration

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 concentration.

Teacher certification subject area tests for the major and minor must be passed. These exams are offered through the Michigan Department of Education.

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 with a major in educational administration

The Master of Arts with a major 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.

Requirements for the Major
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 Deborah Gibson at gibsonda@udmercy.edu.

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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.