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Post Bachelor Certification Program 
Michigan is in the midst of major changes in its instructional programs. As a result of many new initiatives on the part of the governor, the state board of education, the legislature, universities, and schools, the hope of ensuring that all Michigan students will accomplish higher goals and deeper levels of understanding and problem solving abilities is becoming a reality. This challenge cannot be realized without simultaneously changing the education of Michigan teachers.

Michigan State University has developed a teacher preparation program that addresses teaching for higher levels of understanding and provides teacher candidates with opportunities to gain the critical knowledge and skills needed to teach all children effectively, especially those who come to school less well prepared than others for what the school traditionally offers.

The goal of the MSU program is to prepare prospective teachers who have:

  1. thorough knowledge of the subjects they will teach.
  2. understanding of social and cultural contexts in which students live and learn.
  3. practical skills needed to manage the complexities of teaching of understanding.
  4. knowledge of the specific methods, analyses, and examples that will promote pupil understanding.
  5. commitment to high standards of professional conduct.
  6. Understanding of the changing relationships among schools, the communities they serve, and the world of work.
  7. Ability to use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity.


In order to accomplish these goals, we provide an integrated baccalaureate/post-baccalaureate internship program. The program combines a baccalaureate degree in a disciplinary major or minor concentrations with teacher certification courses followed by a year-long internship in the school. The certification program helps students build connections between theoretical principles and practical situations that teachers confront daily. Through the internship, teacher candidates benefit from continued instruction and mentoring from university and school faculty as they refine their skills, build more elaborate understandings of teaching while in the classroom, and participate in several school-wide and community initiatives. In addition, students in the internship year combine teaching with graduate-level professional study courses, some of which may apply to a master's degree program.

Certification students in MSU's program have better preparation in the academic disciplines that undergird the teaching of subject matter through strong majors and minors. Requirements for majors and minors in academic fields are the same for both prospective elementary and secondary teacher candidates.

Students in the program have the opportunities to work with diverse K-12 students. As a major strand in the program, the dual concerns for diversity and equity are interwoven throughout the spiraling curriculum. Students spend time working with special needs students in regular classrooms and, whenever possible, in inclusion programs.

Michigan State University's Teacher Education Program provides students with instruction from nationally renowned faculty and classroom experiences with outstanding K-12 teachers, resulting in preparation to meet the challenges of the teaching profession. Students are prepared to fulfill the standards and related proficiencies for entry-level Michigan teachers as established by the Michigan Department of Education. (See College of Education website: http://www.educ.msu.edu under "Info. For Students". See "Certification Resources".)

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