Teacher Certification Majors and Minors
Our mission is to prepare quality educators who enrich the lives of all learners through the application of pedagogical, content, and technological knowledge, as well as their dedication to lifelong learning, reflection, leadership, and collaboration.
Teaching Certification Majors
Michigan Tech offers teaching certification majors in 9 content areas. Our degree programs prepare students for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, while providing strong content knowledge in their field. Secondary education students have the flexibility to pursue any career pathway within their major discipline—not just teaching.
All students must apply to the teacher education program and gain acceptance before declaring a teaching certification major.
Select your degree audit form from the Registrar's Office.
Prepare to teach ecology, environmental science, anatomy and physiology, general biology, physical science, or an emerging discipline.
The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, in partnership with the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, offers programs leading to State of Michigan teaching certification for high school biology teachers:
Learn about the many exciting advances taking place in the fields of medicine, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics, and material science—all based on fundamental discoveries in chemistry.
Earth and Space Science and Integrated Science
Build a strong theoretical and analytical foundation through outstanding course offerings in math, economics, finance, and business, and equip yourself to teach economics in a secondary setting.
Prepare to meet the challenges of teaching literacy in a global environment, and learn how to integrate current technology into your teaching methodology.
Integrate science course work into your degree, and gain a broad background in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Add the flexibility to teach secondary-level science to any degree.
Learn and teach mathematics using the latest technological tools, software, and educational practices. You will take specialized courses in geometry, number theory, and the history of mathematics.
Learn the fundamental concepts of how the physical universe works through in-depth classroom instruction and practical laboratory experiments incorporating cutting-edge technology.
Secure teaching certification in history, government, geography, and economics, with enhanced employability through a required minor in science or math.
The State of Michigan requires candidates to complete a teaching minor, except in the cases of Comprehensive Social Studies, Integrated Sciences, and Earth, Space, and Integrated Sciences. Students should note that a teaching minor, which typically consists of 20 to 24 credits, differs from a University minor and will not appear on your final transcript; it will, however, prepare you for teaching certification. Michigan Tech offers teaching minors in seven content areas:
*Students who earn comprehensive majors in Earth, Space, and Integrated Sciences, Integrated Science or Social Sciences are not required to earn an additional minor.