Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Michigan
If you’re interested in pursuing a teaching career in Michigan, ToBecomeATeacher.org can help. This page outlines the key steps you’ll need to take to achieve your goal and obtain a teaching position in Michigan that lives up to your professional expectations.
1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to select a teaching program that is right for your budget and career goals.
- Finding an appropriate program or alternative pathway to teacher licensure is essential. To begin, ask yourself the following questions: What is important to you as a student? Are you concerned about the amount of debt you might incur completing an education program? Are there alternatives (e.g., ways to work while gaining the required credentials to teach in Michigan)? Do the program’s graduation or job placement rates matter to you? Are you concerned about the program’s reputation outside the state? All of these are critical questions to ask when selecting a program.
2. Planning for Licensure in Michigan: In Michigan, you will need to complete a bachelor degree and an educator preparation program. You will also need to write and pass the state’s certification exam–the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.
3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed the state’s applicable exams, you can begin searching for a job.
- There are thousands of teaching positions in Michigan, so it is important to have a clear sense of where you hope to teach and in what type of school. Are you interested in working in a rural or urban context? Are you interested in working in a high-needs school? As you consider your options and narrow your search, it is essential that you also remain current in the field. For this reason, you should keep developing your resume, expanding your education by completing professional development courses for teachers, and gaining additional teaching experience throughout your job search.
Choosing an Education Program in Michigan
ToBecomeATeacher.org knows that choosing the right program can difficult and stressful. Using a complex algorithmic tool developed to respond to the specific needs of aspiring teachers, we have reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs available in Michigan. Total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings and return on investment are among the criteria we’ve analyzed to help determine which Michigan teacher preparation programs rank highest.
Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below is committed to excellence. These programs comprise Michigan’s very best. Find out which one is the best match for you by reviewing the information posted below.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Northern Michigan University
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan-Flint
Ferris State University
Grace Bible College
Grand Valley State University
|#||Name||Expense Score||Acceptance Rate Score||Graduation Rate Score||ROI/Value Score||Student to Faculty Score|
|1||University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||5.5||10||10||5.5||6.4|
|2||Central Michigan University||8.3||7||6.45||8.3||1.3|
|3||Eastern Michigan University||9.1||6.9||4.19||9.1||2.3|
|4||University of Michigan-Dearborn||7.5||7||5.73||7.5||3.2|
|5||Northern Michigan University||9.4||6||5.11||9.4||0.62|
|6||Saginaw Valley State University||9.6||5.5||4.28||9.6||1.5|
|7||University of Michigan-Flint||8.9||5.5||4.15||8.9||3.8|
|8||Ferris State University||8||5.7||4.85||8||3.8|
|9||Grace Bible College||6||5.8||5.81||6||7.7|
|10||Grand Valley State University||7.1||5.1||7.48||7.1||3.2|
Ranking Factors Explained
Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.
How to Become a Teacher in Michigan
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) outlines several pathways to teacher certification; the four most common pathways are described below:
- Pathway 1: The first option, designed for candidates who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree, is to complete an undergraduate degree in education leading to teacher licensure; once candidates complete their education degree and write and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, they can apply for licensure.
- Pathway 2: For candidates with a bachelor’s degree or higher, there is the option of completing a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program and then writing and passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification and applying for licensure.
- Pathway 3: Another common option for candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree is to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching, write and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification and apply for licensure.
- Pathway 4: For candidates who are licensed teachers in other U.S. states, it is also possible to apply for teacher licensure in Michigan under the state’s reciprocal agreement program.
What is the Job Outlook for Teachers in Michigan?
In 2015, there were 2,920 kindergarten teachers, 38,190 elementary teachers, 16,650 middle school teachers and 17,740 high school teachers in Michigan. While job growth for Michigan teachers is expected to hold steady over the coming decade, generally reflecting national averages, anticipated retirements will continue to open up jobs for teachers statewide.
What Resources are Available to Teachers in Michigan?
- The Michigan Department of Education oversees educational policies and testing; the Michigan DOE’s website also provides information on the state’s many special programs and grants designed to promote quality public education.
- Michigan teachers are represented by two teachers unions: the Michigan Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan.
- Teacher educators in Michigan are represented by the Michigan Association of Teacher Educators.
- Michigan middle school teachers are represented by the Michigan Association of Middle School Teachers.
- Subject-specific teacher organizations include the Michigan Science Teachers Association, Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and the Michigan World Language Association.
What online programs are available to potential teachers in Michigan?
Central Michigan University offers several online degrees in education that are designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers pursuing additional qualifications. Among their degree offerings are both a master’s degree and doctorate in educational leadership for teachers seeking the additional qualifications required to move into school administration. It is also possible to complete an Ed.D at the University of Michigan-Flint in an hybrid online/campus intensive program. Finally, Michigan State University offers a range of graduate-level programs for educators seeking additional qualifications, including master’s degrees in educational technology, special education and teaching and curriculum.