Urban Education (URBN ED GRC)

22 Credits


The Certificate in Urban Education is an alternate route to the teacher certification program. This program awards candidates with a Certificate in Urban Education and an Interim Teaching Certificate in subject areas corresponding to passage of specific Michigan Teacher Test for Certification content area competency exams. This alternate route to the teacher certification program allows individuals to teach in Michigan schools while fulfilling credential requirements. Candidates are paired with a master teacher within their assigned school. College of Urban Education faculty members provide candidates weekly feedback through assessments evaluating teacher practice. Current teachers can add endorsements to their existing teaching certificate by passing the Michigan Teacher Test for Certification in desired content areas and completion of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Education Program. Credit from the certificate program can be transferred and utilized toward completion of the Master of Urban Education Degree.

Admission Checklist:
•   A completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or approved international institution with a required overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale).*
•   An official copy of the Score Report indicating passing scores for the MTTC Subject Area Exam.
•   A Criminal History Authorization form and Fingerprinting done at a GRPS Authorized Fingerprinting Location (see your admission representative for details).
•   A completed Certificate in Urban Education Packet including a curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, and two (2) letters of recommendation on required forms.
•   Participate in an interview with the College of Urban Education (CUE) Admission Committee – to be scheduled by Davenport upon submission of the completed application.

*Participants have a cohort grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent on another scale, as determined by the Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction, upon earning the degree required under MCL 380.1531i(2)(b). If a cohort member has earned more than 1 degree, the highest grade point average earned by the cohort member must be used in calculating the cohort grade point average under this subparagraph.

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