The Alternate Route to Interim Teacher Certification (ARC) Program will provide the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to become a highly qualified, certified teacher. The program’s outcomes and assessment processes are aligned to both the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium—Model Core Teaching Standards (InTASC 2011) and the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE 2008).
Individuals applying to Schoolcraft’s program will be expected to meet all admission requirements as established by the superintendent of public instruction, based on section 1531i of the Revised School Code (MCL 380.1531i). Individuals admitted to the program will be expected to demonstrate the ability and disposition to complete both the program of studies and also become an effective classroom teacher. Candidates completing the alternate route program will be recommended for the Michigan Interim Teaching Certificate and also awarded a Schoolcraft College Certificate of Completion.
It is the policy of Schoolcraft College that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, creed, or handicap, be excluded from participating in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination during any program or activity or in employment.
Important information about the Alternate Route to Interim Certification program, both for initial certification and adding an endorsement(s) to a current certificate:
- Applicants must have a minimum of an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Individuals with less than a 3.0 GPA may contact the Education Office to have their transcripts evaluated.
- Successful completion of an intensive academic pre-certification semester is required prior to recommendation for the Interim Teaching Certificate and additional endorsements.
- The pre-certification courses and related field experiences must be completed within two consecutive semesters. Failure to complete the requirements will necessitate application for readmission to the program.
- Candidates will complete up to 105 hours of field experience in the classroom during the semester prior to Interim Certification. Individual courses have 10-15 hours of field experience.
- ARC teachers must successfully serve as a certified teacher of record for three years in a public or charter school following the issuance of the Michigan Interim Teaching Certificate
- All program requirements must be completed within 5 years of admission to the program.
- Candidates are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the program, in order to continue to work through the course of studies.
- ARC teachers will work with assigned peer mentors for the three years following the issuance of the Interim Teaching Certificate.
- ARC teachers will participate in workshops and professional development activities during the three years following the issuance of the Interim Teaching Certificate.
- Certification and endorsements are valid and recognized while the ARC teacher works with Schoolcraft College.
- Academic courses will be scheduled during the spring/summer, while completing the 3 years of classroom teaching.
- Individuals may apply for the elementary education (Grades K–5 or 6–8 self-contained), the secondary education (grades 6–12), or the K–12 (Music, Art, Physical Education, etc.).
- The Special Education and Early Childhood endorsements are not available through the alternative route programs.
- Michigan’s alternate route programs can be used for initial teacher certification, adding subject endorsements and adding elementary or secondary endorsements to current teaching certificates.
- Program requirements are the same for initial certification and adding endorsements.
Other Program Notes:
- Candidates will be responsible for making arrangements for their teaching positions following issuance of the Interim Teaching Certificate.
- The candidate must complete the initial three year teaching position in a public or charter school within 100 miles of the college, unless other arrangements have been made with the program.
- Candidates can be certified to teach in the content areas identified by the Michigan Department of Education and those which the candidate has demonstrated proficiency by passing the applicable MTTC exam(s). Candidates seeking an endorsement in a world/bilingual language, or English as a second language must pass both the oral and written proficiency examinations which assure the candidate meets all descriptors of the Foreign Service Index for the level identified in standard one (1) of the appropriate State Board of Education (SBE) Standards.
- Candidates are not required to have a major/minor in their selected endorsement areas.
- Additional endorsements can be added to the provisional certificate following three years of successful teaching with the Interim Certificate.
- ARC teachers must teach within the new endorsement area for a minimum of 12 weeks, in order to transfer the endorsement to the next certificate
- Candidates must complete all program requirements within five years. Time extensions by the MDE are not available for this certificate.
- Applicants with criminal records who are not eligible for teacher certification in Michigan cannot be admitted to the program. Candidates with a felony or misdemeanor conviction are required to submit all related court documents to the program upon admission. Final determination for the candidate’s certifiably is held by the Michigan Department of Education.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit all required application materials as a packet as early in the application process as possible.
- Review of application materials may commence when all materials have been received.