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Teaching Certification Requirements

This document is intended only as a summary. For complete information on requirements and procedures for certification, you should consult the School of Education website or contact the Teacher Education Program at: 734-615-7528 or via email.

1. General Description

The secondary teaching certificate program in English has four categories of requirements:

The certificate enables you to teach the subjects of your teaching major and minor in grades 6-12. The secondary certificate may be earned either by remaining in LSA or by transferring to the School of Education after completing the first two years of undergraduate education. Whether you remain in LSA or transfer to the School of Education, you must apply for admission to the teaching certificate program. Click here for application information.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the teaching certificate program, as well as junior standing (54 credits) by the time the admission would take effect. Applications are accepted and acted upon once a year. The deadline is February 1.

Transfers from other colleges and universities are subject to the same requirements as other University of Michigan students, though work done elsewhere may be counted toward the certificate if it has been evaluated by the Undergraduate Admissions Office's credit evaluators and hence appears on a University of Michigan transcript.

If you have a 3.5 or higher GPA, you may wish to apply to the English Department's honors programs. Interested students should contact Honors Director about the possibility of simultaneously participating in the Honors Program and receiving a teaching certificate.

2. General Requirements

The following courses are required for the teaching certificate program in any subject:

  • English 125 or equivalent;
  • An introductory course in psychology (Psychology 111 or 112; this is in addition to the Education School's course in Educational Psychology -- see section IV below).

A minimum of 130 hours of credit is required for graduation from the University with a teaching certificate. If you take courses in other non-LSA units besides the required Education courses, you will need even more hours for graduation from LSA to compensate for those non-LSA hours.

The requirements for the certificate itself are identical whether you remain in LSA or transfer to the School of Education. The only difference is that if you remain in LSA you fulfill that College's graduation requirements; if you transfer to the School of Education, you fulfill that School's graduation requirements. There are minor differences between the two including the fact that the School of Education does not specifically require proficiency in a foreign language. Also, the School of Education degree requires a full 12 hours in each of three distribution categories, including courses from two or more departments, which largely correspond to the LSA divisions of Natural Science, Social Science, and Humanities but vary in several specific ways. If you remain in LSA for your degree, and receive your certificate through the School of Education, you need to complete 8 hours in each category, including courses from two or more departments.

3. Requirements in English

The requirements in English are basically the same as those for the General Program in English. However, in addition to the regular major requirements, students pursuing a teaching certificate must elect English 305, and a course in Peer Tutoring (Writing 430). Please remember, by taking Writing 430 you cannot apply any other upper-level writing course toward your major.

General requirements include the prerequisite: English 298-Introduction to Literary Studies and 30 English credits at the three and four hundred level to include: one course in Pre-1642 literature, two additional courses in Pre-1900 literature, a course in American Literature, a course in Identity and Difference, and a course in Poetry.

Adjustments in content, but not total hours, are made for students who wish to earn a teaching certificate while pursuing the English Honors Program. Please see the chart below for a comprehensive list of English requirements. 

4. Requirements in Education

30-31 hours of credit in Education are required.

Other course requirements in Education include:

  • EDUC 391 - Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 392 - Education in a Multicultural Society (3 credits)
  • EDUC 402 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 credits) 
  • EDUC 440 - The Teaching of English (3 credits). ED 307 must be elected concurrently
  • EDUC 307 - Practicum I and II (4 credits; 2 credits each semester prior to student teaching term)
  • EDUC 4XX - Methods for Major (3 credits)
  • EDUC 302 - Directed Teaching in the Secondary School (10 credits)
  • EDUC 304 - Seminar: Problems and Principles in the Secondary School (2 credits)
  • EDUC 445 - Students with Exceptionalities (1 credit)
  • EDUC 446 - Teaching with Digital Technologies (6-12) (1 credits; or EDUC 490 in previous term)

Student teaching is normally done the last or the next to the last semester before graduation; Education 391, Education 392, Education 402, Education 440, and both Education 307 courses are prerequisites to student teaching. All education courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better.

View a sample Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Education Program Course Sequence


5. Requirements in a Minor Subject or Field

Required courses for a minor in a subject or a field usually total 20 to 26 hours; specific requirements for the various subjects or fields can be found on the School of Education website. Minors are available in the following subjects or fields to accompany an English major: Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Economics, French, German, History, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish. (You can not, of course, count both a major and a minor in English toward certification.)

Notes :

  • Double majors between English and the other fields in the list of minors above are possible, except for Italian and Psychology, which do not offer majors for certification. A double major may entail extra credit hours beyond those normally needed for graduation and certification, since you must meet all the requirements for both subjects or areas. Transcripts seen by a potential employer indicate a double teaching major if both sets of requirements have been met.
  • Courses used for distribution requirements may also be used toward the minor for LSA students. They are also double counted between the major/minor AND distribution if you transfer into the School of Education.

For more information contact the English Undergraduate Office, (734) 764-6330 in 3187 Angell Hall or the School of Education Teacher Education Program at or (734) 615-1528 in 1228 School of Education Building.  You may also schedule an appointment with a School of Education Recruitment Coordinator.

English Requirements for Teaching Certification Students