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Michigan Teacher Certification Program Overviews

Jul 22, 2019

Michigan has roughly 65 schools that offer teaching programs. Get some information about the degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

To become a teacher in Michigan, one must earn a bachelor's or master's degree in education and obtain certification from the Michigan Department of Education. Programs in elementary education, secondary education and special education are commonly available in the state, and these programs usually all include student teaching. Elementary and secondary education programs often include a teaching area major or minor, such as language arts, social studies, math or science. Special education programs, on the other hand, can prepare graduates to work in both traditional and special education classrooms.


Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU), located in East Lansing, offers undergraduate programs in teacher education that stress leadership skills for teachers. Students can major in elementary education, secondary education or special education at the school, and internships are included.

Students in the elementary education bachelor's program choose a major in language arts, math, science or social studies to become prepared to teach kindergarten through fifth grade. Secondary education students earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, depending on the major they choose, and they may also select a minor that can be taught in a high school setting.

Graduates of the special education bachelor's program earn a kindergarten through 12th grade endorsement in learning disabilities. This combination is designed to provide teachers with effective skills in all classrooms, including special education classrooms.

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University (GVSU), which has its main campus in Allendale, offers several teacher certification programs through its College of Education. Bachelor's degree programs are available in elementary education, secondary education and special education. All of these programs include a semester of student teaching.

Students in the elementary education program take foundational education courses along with courses in a major, which can be language arts, math, science or social studies, and they earn either a BA or BS degree. Graduates become qualified to teach Kindergarten through fifth grade, and they can also teach sixth through eighth grade in their major area. The secondary education program, which leads to either a BA or BS degree, prepares students to teach sixth through twelfth graders in their chosen major and minor areas.

Students desiring to be special education teachers pursue a major in psychology-special education and a minor in elementary education, allowing them to choose either a BA or BS degree. They also choose two special education endorsement areas, which will allow them to teach in their endorsement area for all grades or to teach regular elementary classes through fifth grade.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Michigan State University 4-year, public; small city Elementary Education Teacher Certification Program,
Secondary Education Teacher Certification Program,
Special Education Teacher Certification Program
$14,460 (in-state), $39,766 (out-of-state)*
Grand Valley State University 4-year, public; large suburb Elementary Education Teacher Certification Program,
Secondary Education Teacher Certification Program,
Special Education Teacher Certification Program
$12,484 (in-state), $17,762 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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