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- Available Lessons: 365
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryReview government and political theory concepts with this MTTC Political Science study guide course. Our easy-to-use text and video lessons are a convenient way to prepare for this certification exam, and the quizzes can test your comprehension level and see how you might do on test day.
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About This Course
This course offers a review of information you'll find on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Political Science exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes offer an overview of the concepts Michigan considers to evaluate competency in this subject. Some of these include analyzing public policy, political parties, elections and U.S. politics. Feel free to study at your convenience on any mobile device or computer 24 hours a day.
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This course was last updated in 2020.
Syllabus & Course Information
Our comprehensive study guide contains lessons covering all of the topics you'd expect to find on the MTTC Political Science exam. Work through lessons on political science terms, political thinkers and research methodologies at your own pace. This study guide can help you achieve these goals:
- Discuss comparative government, international relations and international law
- Define geography and global issues
- Outline the U.S. Constitution and key points in the history of the U.S. government
- Identify the structure and function of government in the United States, including Michigan's state government
- Explain the branches of government, federalism and federal bureaucracy
- Detail the U.S. legal system and jurisprudence
- Outline the U.S. electoral process, U.S. politics and foreign policy
- Describe interest groups and political parties
- Identify the relationship between political science and other disciplines
- Define the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
With 332 lessons in 31 chapters, this course provides a thorough and informative review of the political science subjects you'd expect to find on the exam. Preparing for test day is simple with our lesson quizzes and chapter tests for review.
MTTC Political Science Exam Information
Passing the MTTC Political Science exam is one of the requirements for certification to teach this subject in Michigan.
- Number of Questions: 100
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Exam Cost: $130
MTTC Political Science Exam Breakdown
|MTTC Political Science Exam Concept||Percent of the MTTC Political Science Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Political Science Concepts and Skills||15%||15 questions||114|
|Foundations and Operation of Government in the United States||40%||40 questions||150|
|The Political Process and U.S. Citizenship||15%||15 questions||45|
|Interdisciplinary Perspectives||30%||30 questions||23|
MTTC Political Science Exam Preparation & Registration
This study guide lets you brush up on your knowledge of the facts and concepts covered on the MTTC Political Science exam. Your review will include a look at the structure and function of the U.S. government, including the judicial system, and an overview of Michigan's state government. Other lessons cover political history in the U.S. and current issues, including media and culture. You'll look at the relationship between government and the economy, and explore public policy. The quizzes at the end of the lessons allow you to assess your knowledge and go back for review where needed.
The exam is offered four times a year at testing centers throughout Michigan and in several other states. You must create an online account to register for the exam, choosing a site and date at that time. The deadline for regular registration is about six weeks prior to the test day. Late and emergency registrations carry additional fees. You'll be asked for some personal information, and you can choose which institutions you want to receive your scores. You will be e-mailed a confirmation that you must print out and bring with you on test day, along with several sharpened #2 pencils and a government-issued photo ID.
MTTC Political Science Exam Scoring
About four weeks after the test date, your scores will be posted to the account you created at registration. You can also ask to have them emailed to you. The institutions you selected will be notified of your score at this time. The passing score is 220, and your score will be valid for licensure purposes for five years.
Political Science Concepts and Skills
Number of questions: 15
Exam topics covered: Political science terms, fundamental concepts, purposes of government, historical documents related to the development of government, systems of government, methods of conducting research on political science, analysis of data and presenting issues in graphic formats
What you'll study: This study guide covers topics such as political science terms, theories, types of government systems, research methodology, research ethics, data collection, and reading graphs and charts.
Foundations and Operation of Government in the United States
Number of questions: 40
Exam topics covered: Fundamental principles and basic values of U.S. democracy, key parts of the U.S. Constitution, landmark Supreme Court decisions, operation of the U.S. legal system, branches of the federal government, financing of the federal government, the structure and operation of state and local governments in the U.S. with an emphasis on Michigan, and how U.S. foreign policy is developed and carried out
What you'll study: These video lessons cover topics that include the structure of the federal government, international law, treaties, the Michigan constitution and branches of Michigan's state government.
The Political Process and U.S. Citizenship
Number of questions: 15
Exam topics covered: U.S. political parties, voter participation, historical developments leading to the expansion of voting rights, how to become a U.S. citizen, responsibilities of citizenship and events that changed civil liberties for citizens
What you'll study: The party system in the U.S., how presidential candidates are nominated, rights of citizens, freedom of speech and religion, right to privacy and characteristics of effective citizenship are explored in these lessons.
Number of questions: 30
Exam topics covered: How political ideas such as communism have influenced U.S. and world history, geography's relationship to government, the role of government in the economy, core democratic values and how a citizen can reflect them, how to write essays on public issues and steps in the decision-making and problem-solving process
What you'll study: These video lessons explore the relationships between economics and political science, critical thinking as it pertains to political issues, opinion leaders, American political culture and political socialization.
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