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Off-Site Teacher Education Program

In addition to the main campus in Spring Arbor, MI, Spring Arbor University also offers the undergraduate teacher education certification program at various sites around Michigan. Although there are some site-specific differences, the main campus and off-site teacher education programs are essentially the same.

Currently the teacher education program is offered at one additional site in Michigan. Contact your admissions representative about start dates:

  • Petoskey (Elementary, ECE)

Goals and outcomes
Our teacher education certification curriculum equips you with the education theory and practice you need to become a successful classroom teacher.

Elementary certification covers grades K-5 in all subjects and, if the student chooses and is eligible, grades six, seven, and eight in the candidate’s major or minor disciplines. Secondary certification covers grades six through 12 in the candidate’s major and minor disciplines. Contact the admissions specialist at your site for the subject areas available at your site.

The Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal legislation may affect the subjects which a certified teacher is qualified to teach. The School of Education will have available the most recent information through the Michigan Department of Education regarding this federal legislation.

Program Accreditation and Policies

The School of Education has been nationally accredited by NCATE and TEAC since 1994.  These agencies have been dissolved and reconfigured as CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).  The School of Education is preparing for our next accreditation visit to be fully accredited by the new agency CAEP. Based on prior accreditations, the School of Education is currently a candidate in good standing for accreditation with CAEP. The program complies with the U.S. Department of Education Title II, Section 207 reporting procedures.  Copies of the report are available upon request from the School of Education office.

Spring Arbor University is a member of the Consortium for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching with Technology (COATT), a partnership of higher education and K-12 institutions that is committed to promoting and recognizing excellence in teaching with technology.

The program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education for certification in Michigan. Students planning to be certified in other states should consult with the Certification Officer in the School of Education office early in the program. Spring Arbor University School of Education student teachers and graduates have recently been recognized by state and national organizations for teaching excellence.Students desiring Michigan certification are responsible for meeting all certification requirements of the Michigan Department of Education and the State Board of Education, whether or not they are explicitly stated in the SAU catalog. The School of Education policies apply to all Spring Arbor University sites. However, procedures for carrying out certain policies may vary from site to site. Stated semester of class offerings in the catalog are applicable to the main campus only. Certain certifiable majors and minors are available at the main campus only. A student wishing to participate in these majors and minors must register, attend classes and become a student at the main campus.

Disclosure of Criminal Record

In many Spring Arbor University Education courses, students are required to complete classroom observation hours in P-12 schools. It is every student’s responsibility to complete and submit a Conviction Disclosure form (regarding misdemeanor or felony convictions, as well as pending charges, prior to entering P-12 schools for classroom observations or on-site work of any kind).

  • The Conviction Disclosure form is required at various times throughout the program.
  • It’s the student’s responsibility to acquire the Conviction Disclosure form from the School of Education front desk (or from the TESA at off-site locations). The completed form must be submitted to the School of Education front desk or the TESA at off-site locations prior to commencing any observation experience.