The Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification program at EMU is designed for students who hold at least a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have never been certified to teach. Almost one-fourth of all the students preparing to become first-time teachers through EMU hold a bachelor's degree or higher at the time they start. In many of these cases, people are making a mid-career change. This means, at any given time, hundreds of adults are studying at EMU to become teachers after having had a career in another field.
This is a non-degree program and completion leads to provisional elementary or secondary certification in the state of Michigan.
EMU's post-baccalaureate program requires a set of general education classes, an EMU approved teaching major and minor, and a sequence of professional education courses concluding with a semester of full-time student teaching. Students may use coursework from their previous undergraduate studies to satisfy some of these requirements.
For an overview of some of the program requirements, view the following documents:
Course requirements for teaching majors and minors can be found at Types of Teachers.
Appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area tests are also necessary to complete the certification requirements.
Program length can vary depending on the courses a student has previously taken and whether or not he/she is going to school full-time, part-time, and during spring and summer.