The College of Liberal Arts & Education offers programs which lead to a:
- Bachelor of Arts with Elementary Teacher Certification
- Bachelor of Arts with Secondary Teacher Certification
- Bachelor of Science in Special Education - Learning Disabilities
- Bachelor of Science in Special Education - Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered
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.
Students who wish to complete the requirements for a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate do so in conjunction with a liberal arts degree program in the College of Liberal Arts & Education or a science degree program in the College of Engineering & Science. They pursue the degree program in their respective colleges and are recommended for a teaching certificate by UDM, to the Michigan Department of Education when the certification requirements are completed.
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.
UDM Teacher Education Attains National Accreditation!
The University of Detroit Mercy Education Department is proud to announce its national accreditation by the Teacher Education Council (TEAC) effective October 25, 2012.
We are now entitled to use the TEAC affiliation and accreditation in the University of Detroit Mercy Teacher Education Program. Our mission is to develop educators who:
- Are ethical, value-directed persons;
- Possess a scholarly mastery of subject matter;
- Recognize that all children can learn; and
- Engage students in an interactive, dynamic process of learning
The Education Department is granted TEAC Initial Accreditation for a period of five years, from October 2012 to October 2017. This accreditation certifies that the University of Detroit Mercy’s professional education program has provided evidence it adheres to TEAC’s Quality Principles.
In keeping with TEAC’s policy on Program Performance Disclosure (Policy XI), the Education Department is posting a link on our program’s website to the Summary of the Case that is also posted on the TEAC website (www.teac.org/membership/teac-members) and to the Title II Reporting Website (https://title2.ed.gov/Title2STRC/DataTools/Files.aspx).
Congratulations to the UDM Department of Education on achieving national accreditation from the Teacher Accreditation Council!