If you are already a Michigan teacher but are interested in pursuing a master's degree, there are several schools in the state that offer master's programs in many different subfields of education, including technology, literacy, and early childhood education, among others. Some of these programs will help prepare you for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, which you will need to take again in order to add a new endorsement or certification to your existing teaching certification. Below, we will explore several Michigan-based schools and the many master's programs they offer for teachers looking to expand into specialized fields of education.
Michigan Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers (Excluding Special Education Teachers) in Michigan (2018)||$66,180 (Elementary School); $64,540 (Middle School); $62,950 (High School)*|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree required for teaching; master's for administrative or specialist positions|
|Degree Field||Education in a chosen subfield|
|Testing Requirements||Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Michigan-Based Master's Degree Programs for Teachers
Michigan State University
Located in East Lansing, Michigan State University offers several different pathways for Michigan teachers wanting to earn a master's degree, including in the field of special education, applied behavior analysis, K-12 administration, coaching, adult education, and teaching and curriculum, among others. These master's degree programs are designed to expand your teaching skills and knowledge, and some will lead to a Michigan teaching endorsement. For example, the Master of Arts in Special Education leads to a learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorders endorsement, while the Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration leads to school administration certification or an elementary or secondary school endorsement. Other master's programs, such as the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET), are designed to increase your knowledge in one aspect of teaching--in the case of the MAET degree, developing your understanding and use of technology in the field of teaching.
Northern Michigan University
At Northern Michigan University in Marquette, you will be able to earn a Master of Arts degree in the subfield of reading K-8, reading specialist K-12, learning disabilities, instruction, or education administration. All of the master's degree programs at Northern Michigan University are online programs, and the reading K-8, reading specialist K-12, and learning disabilities programs will lead to a specialized endorsement. The Master of Arts in Educational Administration: Administration and Supervision program is especially designed for teachers who want to further their career as a principal of an elementary, middle, or secondary school, and this program also features an option to choose an American Indian administration and supervision concentration.
University of Michigan - Flint
University of Michigan - Flint offers master's degree programs for teachers in such subfields as early childhood education, literacy education, educational technology, inclusive education, educational administration, and math education for elementary school and early childhood. Most of these programs aim to make it easy to earn your degree while working, offering possible evening classes, weekend classes, online classes, and some part-time options, all of which depend on the specific program. Some programs will also lead to certification or endorsement. For example, the Master of Arts in Literacy Education program is a part-time program that will lead to a literacy specialist endorsement. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education program can lead to ZS endorsement and features mostly evening classes as well as a non-thesis option.
Central Michigan University
With a campus in Mt. Pleasant, Central Michigan University offers several online master's programs for teachers that focus on educational technology, reading and literacy, special education, and early childhood education. The Master of Arts in Education features several emphasis options, including community college, curriculum and instruction, and training and development, among others. If you have an interest in becoming a technology coach or instructional coordinator, then the Master of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology will help you achieve a Michigan educational technology endorsement. You could also earn a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder endorsement through the Master of Arts in Special Education degree program, which is an online 33- to 36-credit hour program.
Spring Arbor University
Spring Arbor University, which is located in Spring Arbor, also has several online master's programs, including in the subfields of reading, TESOL, early childhood education, and special education, that are all designed with working professionals in mind. The master's programs in reading, TESOL, and early childhood education will be able to be completed in only 24 months in a 100% online format. Both the TESOL K-12 track and early education programs will lead to their respective field endorsements. The online Master in Special Education will usually take two and a half years to complete and features two concentrations, one in learning disabilities and one in autism spectrum disorders, and will lead to endorsement as well.
Michigan Teacher Resources
When you've completed your chosen master's degree program in education and want to add an additional endorsement to your teaching certification, you will be required to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in your new subject area. To help you study for your new endorsement, we've put together some resources, including study guides for certain MTTC endorsement areas.