Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Teacher Certification

The Teacher Education program is not accepting new applicants at this time

Adding teaching as an option within your degree at Michigan Tech is easier than you think. We offer certification for teaching grades 6-12 in nine areas of specialization. Speak with an advisor for details specific to your major and expand your potential.

 Alumni Spotlight

Nicole Lopez

Nicole Lopez

Before she became an FBI agent, 2008 Michigan Tech graduate Nicole Lopez guarded terrorists in military prisons and conducted night raids as part of an elite military team identifying High-Value Targets in Afghanistan. None of the accomplishments came easy. Hearing loss, discovered in early childhood, presented extra hurdles.

Teacher Certificate Majors and Minors 

Teaching isn’t just a profession, it's a lifestyle. Unlike other careers, teaching provides the opportunity to impact students' lives and get involved in your community and local culture. It's the tenacity to make a difference in people’s lives that makes teaching both unique and rewarding. 

Program Admissions and Requirements

Working with people individually or in a large group, with the ability to adjust on the fly, is an asset in any field. Our distinct program lets you earn a degree in a content major, providing you in-depth knowledge in the subject of your choice, with a concentration in secondary education. It’s a win-win. 


The job market is wide open and teachers earn competitive salaries.

The average wage for teachers in Upper Peninsula schools is $54,000. In 2017, 59 percent of U.P. schools reported starting the year with at least one vacancy, with math and science facing the greatest shortages. The national job outlook for teaching includes a growth rate at an eight percent average with 76,800 openings nationwide by 2026.

Your advisor can tell you more about the jobs in teacher education.