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Alternate Route to Interim Teacher Certification 201​7-1​8

Already have a bachelor's degree? With Schoolcraft’s Alternate Route Program (ARC), you can become a certified teacher following the completion of a semester of intensive academic coursework and a practicum. The ARC is an expedited route of study for recent college graduates or those who want to transition from a different career to full-time teaching in a public or charter elementary or secondary school classroom.

New ARC cohorts begin each semester, January, May, and August. In order to be able to apply for admission, you must:

  • Have an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. (4.0 scale)  Individuals with less than a 3.0 GPA may contact the Education Office to have their transcripts evaluated.
  • Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam and the applicable MTTC subject area tests
  • Pass a criminal history check
  • Complete the Schoolcraft College Application for Admission
  • Download and submit the ARC Program Application

Program application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Session: July 24
  • Winter Session: November 1
  • Spring Session: March 24

Elementary Education Certificate
Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00170

Sample Schedule of Courses

First Year - Spring Session
Intensive Pre-Certification Semester
EDUC 101 Introduction to Education 
 3
EDUC 210 Elementary Instructional Strategies
 3
EDUC 230 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Classroom 1
 3
EDUC 290 Fieldwork Practicum
 2

Total Credits: 11

First Year - Summer Session
EDUC 205 Promoting Learning in a Diverse Society Using Family, School and Community Partnerships
 3
EDUC 110 Child Development
 3

Total Credits: 6

Second Year - Summer Session
EDUC 240 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Classroom 2
 3
EDUC 200 Children with Special Needs
 3

Total Credits: 6

Third Year - Summer Session
EDUC 260 The Professional Educator
 1

Total Credits: 1

Program Total 24 Credits

Note: With the Michigan Interim Teaching Certificate, candidates will be able to assume full-time classroom teaching positions. While serving as the classroom teacher of record, the candidates will work with assigned peer mentors, attend workshops and professional development conferences and complete prescribed coursework throughout the following three years of the program. This program requires an application and special admission process. Contact the Associate Dean of Education to complete an application or for additional information at 734-462-4400 ext. 4335.


Secondary Education Certificate
Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00171

Sample Schedule of Courses

Intensive Pre-Certification Semester
EDUC 101 Introduction to Education 
 3
EDUC 220 Secondary Instructional Strategies
 3
EDUC 250 Teaching Literacy in the Secondary School
 3
EDUC 290 Fieldwork Practicum
 2

Total Credits: 11

First Year - Summer Session
EDUC 205 Promoting Learning in a Diverse Society Using Family, School and Community Partnerships
 3
EDUC 110 Child Development
 3

Total Credits: 6

Second Year - Summer Session
EDUC 200 Children with Special Needs
 3

Total Credits: 3

Third Year - Summer Session
EDUC 260 The Professional Educator
 1

Total Credits: 1

Program Total 21 Credits




Education

Preparing for a Career in this Vital Field


Certificate and Degree Options

  • Alternate Route to Interim Teacher Certification Program
  • Teacher Education Transfer Program Liberal Arts
  • Teacher Education Transfer Associate Degree

What can I earn?

  • Elementary Public School Teacher: Median Salary is $53,090-$62,340
  • Public Middle School Teacher: $53,430-$58,570
  • Secondary Public School Teacher: $55,050-$61,380

Teaching jobs are expected to grow 6% or more through 2024

*Median salary according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Providing children with a quality education is vital to our nation’s future. We offer programs that can help prepare you for a career in this important field.

Teacher Education Transfer Program

If you plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in education, we have two programs that will enable you to transfer your credits to a four-year institution:

Liberal Arts Associate Degree—Can be transferred to a teacher education bachelor’s degree program at a college or university.

Teacher Education Transfer Associate Degree— Includes specialized courses in teaching that transfer to select universities that offer teacher education bachelor degrees.

Both programs can save you thousands of dollars in tuition while putting you on the path to earning your bachelor’s degree in an education discipline.

Alternate Route for Interim

Teacher Certification

Schoolcraft College has been approved by the state of Michigan to offer an Alternative Route to Interim Teacher Certification Program. This program is designed for college graduates, who meet specific admission requirements, to be able to become certified classroom teachers using a rigorous, accelerated preparation program. The teaching certificate will enable program completers to teach in Michigan’s public or charter elementary or secondary classrooms, in a wide variety of disciplines. An individual can become certified to teach in as little as one semester. Unlike the traditional teacher preparation program, the alternate route candidate’s certification is not dependent on their academic major or minor. Currently certified teachers can now also use the ARC program to add additional endorsements to their teaching certificates.

In order to be able to apply for admission, you must:

  • Have an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. (4.0 scale)
  • Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam and the applicable MTTC subject area tests
  • Pass a criminal history check
  • Complete the Schoolcraft College Application for Admission
  • Download and submit the ARC Program Application

Completing the Alternate Route to Interim Teacher Certification Program can earn you the Michigan Interim Teaching certificate or additional endorsements for your current teaching certificate.

Education Program Advantages

Teacher Transfer Program:

  • Combination of theoretical and practical experience
  • Children’s Center gives students opportunity to enhance in-class learning
  • All programs offer transfer options to four-year institutions
  • Saves students thousands of dollars versus taking first two years at four-year college or university

 Alternative Route Program (ARC):

  • State of Michigan approved and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Academically rigorous program
  • Elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs available
  • Currently certified teacher can add additional endorsements
  • Variety of endorsement options available
  • Peer mentoring and professional development provided throughout the program
  • Affordable tuition and costs
  • Respects and accommodates the needs of working adults and second career individuals
  • Candidates with any academic major may apply for admission
  • Students can complete pre-certification coursework in two semesters or less

Download the ARC Application*

* This is a fillable PDF application meant for Adobe Reader. Please download and save the document to your computer before completing. Do no complete the PDF application within your browser view as this may result in sending errors.

An authorization to register is only issued by the Education Office upon completion of the application process, as listed. Additional information is available from the Education Office at 734‑462‑4335, McDowell Center, Room 060.

Please Note: Requirements for admission to the program are subject to change at any time. If you have questions or desire additional information, please contact the Education Office at 734‑462‑4335.


The Alternate Route to Interim Teacher certification (ARC) application is included in this packet. Please submit the completed application after reviewing the following:

  1. Apply to Schoolcraft College
    Complete our application online.

  2. Minimum Academic Requirements
    The applicant must have an earned bachelor’s or graduate 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.

  3. Transcripts
    Applicants should request official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university to Schoolcraft College Records Office. 

  4. Application Documents
    a. Application
    b. Official transcripts
    Applicants may provide unofficial transcripts when applying to the program; once accepted, they must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. 
     e. MTTC Test Results (Professional Readiness Exam (Basic Skills) and content test(s))
    f.​  Current First Aid/CPR certification is required when recommended for certificate
    g. Essay
    h. Résumé

  5. Required Admission Exams
    The Michigan State Board of Education requires that candidates for initial licensure (Teaching Certificate) pass the Professional Readiness Tests (PRE) (formerly known as the Basic Skills Test) and appropriate subject area tests (Elementary Education, and content areas such as; Math, History, Biology, etc.,) in each teaching area.

    Information and registration is conducted by Evaluation Systems at www.mttc.nesinc.com.

    The state of Michigan allows individuals to demonstrate the skills required to be admitted to a teacher preparation program to use their ACT (1989 or later) and the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) scores, in lieu of taking the PRE. The following scores demonstrate proficiency:

    ACT score equivalencies are: MME equivalences are:
    Math 22
    Reading 22
    English + Writing 24
    Math 1116
    Reading 1110
    Writing 1129

    MTTC Tests may be retaken, if needed. Final results should be sent directly to the Schoolcraft College Education Office. Test results cannot be accepted from the applicant.

  6. Interview
    Applicants will participate in a professional interview prior to admission to the program. The interview will assist in identifying applicants with the background, knowledge, and dispositions, to complete the program and become successful classroom teachers.

  7. Background Check
    Applicants must submit to a criminal background check.

  8. First Aid/CPR Certification
    Applicants are required by Michigan law to hold First Aid/CPR certification prior to being certified to teach.

  9. Program Orientation Session
    Applicants are required to participate in the program orientation session. Additional information about this will be sent to all students accepted into the program.

  10. Cumulative GPA
    Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average for all supportive and prerequisite courses.



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