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Secondary Teacher Education
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.


Degree Requirements

A candidate for this degree program must successfully complete between 126 to 153 credit hours acceptable to the degree program in which he/she is enrolled to be certified for graduation. These credits include requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program and requirements of teaching majors and minors.

College of Liberal Arts & Education Core Curriculum

See University Core Curriculum for more information. Specifically, the student should follow the core for the College of Liberal Arts & Education.


The College of Liberal Arts & Education (CLAE) offers a secondary certification concentration in conjunction with an approved bachelor's degree program. For a list of approved degree program contact the CLAE Education Department. CLAE also offers a teacher certification program for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The post-degree 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. Students in the post-degree program must satisfy all teacher certification program requirements.

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:


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Integrated Science: Group or Comprehensive Major
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Social Studies
  • Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered
  • Learning Disabled


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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.

Students planning to become certified to teach in secondary schools must complete 35 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
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
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


EDU 4900* Secondary Student Teaching 8 credits

* See current Teacher Certification Handbook for requirements.

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.

Program Contact Information

Director of Advising and Certification
Deborah Gibson
Reno Hall, Room 241

Telephone: 313-578-0365
Fax: 313-578-0507
Email: gibsonda@udmercy.edu

Department Chair: Lorri MacDonald, Ed.D.
Reno Hall, Room 243
McNichols Campus
Telephone: 313-578-0431
Fax: 313-578-0507
Email: macdonlj@udmercy.edu

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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