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Teacher Certification

Spring Arbor University recommends students to the Michigan Department of Education for Teacher Certification who have successfully completed all program requirements for elementary or secondary certification and have been cleared by the SAU Business Office.  Please note that all recommendations for certification are completed via the Michigan Online Educator Certification System and requires a fee to be paid directly to the State of Michigan. Even if a teacher education candidate plans on seeking a job outside of Michigan, the School of Education strongly recommends obtaining the certificate in Michigan first and transferring it to another state.

Complete information on certification requirements is available in the School of Education office.

Requirements for Secondary Certification

  • Completion of a major and a minor or two majors chosen from the following fields approved by the Michigan Department of Education with a GPA of at least 3.0 in each and no course grade below 2.00. Exception: The following major does not require an additional minor for secondary certification: Music Education.

Major or Minor: Biology, Chemistry, English Education, History, Mathematics, Spanish, Speech and Drama Education
Minor only: English As A Second Language, French, Physics, Political Science, Psychology
Major only: Music Education, Social Studies (group), Special Education: Learning Disabilities

Please see the current Undergraduate Catalog for a list of specific courses necessary.

  • Satisfactory scores on the subject area test for the major on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification. Passing the MTTC in the secondary minor is not required for certification, but strongly recommended for marketability.

NOTE: Even though the Special Education: Learning Disabilities major is housed in the School of Education, because it is an academic area, it is described in detail elsewhere in the catalog under “Special Education: Learning Disabilities”.

Requirements for Elementary Certification

  • Completion of a major and a minor or two majors chosen from the following fields approved by the Michigan Department of Education with a GPA of at least 3.0 in each and no course grade below 2.00.

Major or Minor: Early Childhood Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, Spanish
Minor only: English As A Second Language, French, Integrated Science, Reading
Major only: Social Studies, Special Education: Learning Disabilities

Please see the current Undergraduate Catalog for a list of specific courses necessary.

Satisfactory score on the elementary exam of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification for all elementary certification candidates.

Satisfactory scores on the subject area exams for each major and minor of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification for those wishing to obtain additional certification in grades six through eight.

NOTE: Even though the Special Education: Learning Disabilities major and the Early Childhood major and minor are housed in the School of Education, because they are academic areas, they are described in detail elsewhere in the catalog under “Special Education: Learning Disabilities” and under “Early Childhood Education”.