Initial Teacher Certification

Make Learning and Teaching Your Career

If you are pondering a career in secondary teaching, think impactful, rewarding, and creative. What other career offers the opportunity to learn and foster learning for a living, while molding the minds of the world’s future thinkers? When you share your knowledge with our youth, you leave a lasting impression on our society.

Michigan Tech’s teacher education program, housed within the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, provides resources for future teachers to become certified in secondary education. Our unique approach combines a BS or BA degree with a concentration in secondary education, a teaching minor, and additional course work leading to Michigan teaching certification.

Teaching Certification Majors

Michigan Tech offers teaching certification majors in 10 content areas. Our degree programs prepare students for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, while providing strong content knowledge. 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.

Teaching Minors

A requirement of initial teaching certification in the state of Michigan is completion of a teaching minor. Students should note that a teaching minor, which typically consists of 20 to 24 credits, differs from a University minor. Michigan Tech offers teaching minors in seven content areas:

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