Secondary Education Certification Information

Preparing for Certification

To be certified to teach, students must complete Michigan Tech's requirements for certification and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) exams. Below is an overview of the process. For more information, contact your math advisor.

  1. Complete a teaching minor: A teaching minor is different than a Michigan Tech minor. The teaching minor is typically about 20–24 credits.
  2. Apply to the teacher education program: Completing the Secondary Education concentration requires admission to the teacher education program. Students typically apply during their sophomore year. A 2.50 overall GPA is required, along with a 2.50 in a student's major and teaching minor. Contact the Division of Teacher Education for more information and an application.
  3. Take the Basic Skills test: Students typically take the Basic Skills test early in the program. It is a requirement for student teaching. See the MTTC website for more information.
  4. Enroll in student teaching: During the last semester of the program, students enroll in student teaching (ED 4910). No additional classes can be taken during this semester.
  5. Take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification: Students typically take the MTTC when most of their course work in their major and minor are complete. Passing the MTTC in both the major and minor content areas is a requirement to be certified to teach in the State of Michigan.