Secondary Education Pathway at WMU

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CAREER POSSIBILITIES

  • Certified teacher grades 7-12

CONTENT MAJORS

Content majors are completed as a bachelor's degree with a pre-secondary education pathway through the College of Arts and Sciences. Contact the College of Arts and Sciences advising office for content-area advising and requirements.

Biology (major) German (major)
Chemistry (minor) History (major and minor)
Chinese (minor) Integrated science (major)
Earth science (major) Latin (major)
English (major) Social studies (major)
French (major) Spanish (major)
Geography (major) Teaching and Learning Mathematics (major and minor)

About the program

At Western Michigan University, secondary education teacher certification is accomplished through a graduate certification pathway for students beginning catalog year fall 2020 and beyond. Secondary education candidates are eligible for teacher certification at the middle, junior high and senior high school levels. Students complete a bachelor's degree in their teachable subject area and then complete the one-year master's degree in secondary education. Bachelor's degree options include a select list of content area options through WMU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Special admission is required into the competitive master’s degree program. Students planning to become teachers begin working with youth and teachers during their undergraduate studies through select courses or verified service experiences.
Example: B.A. in English + 1-year master's degree in secondary education = eligible for secondary education English licensure

Route for incoming freshmen

  • Apply to WMU and list your desired content area as your major. Select pre-secondary education on your application as your pre-professional pathway.
  • Complete bachelor's degree in your content area through WMU College of Arts and Sciences.
  • During your bachelor's degree, complete the pre-secondary education pathway through WMU College of Arts and Sciences. The pre-secondary education pathway includes three undergraduate education courses (ES 2000, ED 3200, and ED 4200) that provide experience working with teachers and students in a secondary education setting. See your CAS academic advisor for information on courses and degree planning. Beth Cramer is the pre-secondary education pathway advisor.
  • In your senior year, take and pass the Content Area Test (MTTC) for your appropriate secondary education discipline(s)
  • In your senior year, apply to the M.A. in teaching: secondary education.
  • After graduating with your bachelor's degree, complete the master's degree in secondary education. The 14-month program includes a year-long internship in a public school setting, in addition to methods and pedagogy coursework.

Route for incoming transfers

  • Apply to WMU and list your desired content area as your major. Select pre-secondary education on your application as your pre-professional pathway.
  • Meet with your academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences to evaluate your transfer courses and develop a graduation plan. Beth Cramer is the pre-secondary education pathway advisor. (Note: Students who began at a Michigan community college in fall 2019 or earlier may be eligible to revert to an earlier catalog year and complete the outgoing secondary education bachelor's degree program. See your academic advisor for more details.)
  • Complete remaining bachelor's degree requirements for your content area through WMU College of Arts and Sciences.
  • During your bachelor's degree, complete the pre-secondary education pathway through WMU College of Arts and Sciences. The pre-secondary education pathway includes three undergraduate education courses (ES 2000, ED 3200, and ED 4200) that provide experience working with teachers and students in a secondary education setting. See your CAS academic advisor for information on courses and degree planning.
  • In your senior year, take and pass the Content Area Test (MTTC) for your appropriate secondary education discipline(s)
  • In your senior year, apply to the M.A. in teaching: secondary education.
  • After graduating with your bachelor's degree, complete the master's degree in secondary education. The 14-month program includes a year-long internship in a public school setting, in addition to methods and pedagogy coursework.

Route for bachelor's degree holders

  • Contact Beth Cramer in the College of Arts and Sciences academic advising office for transcript evaluation.
  • As instructed, complete any remaining content area coursework through the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Complete the three undergraduate education courses (ES 2000, ED 3200, and ED 4200) in the pre-secondary education pathway, or approved equivalent student/teacher contact hours.
  • Take and pass the Content Area Test (MTTC) for your appropriate secondary education discipline(s)
  • Apply to the M.A. in teaching: secondary education.
  • Complete the master's degree in secondary education. The 14-month program requires full-time enrollment and includes a year-long internship in a public school setting, in addition to methods and pedagogy coursework.

PROGRAM STRENGTHS

  • Increased emphasis on integration of pedagogy, methods and content-area skills
  • Bachelor's degree in subject area provides extensive content knowledge
  • One-year intensive master's degree format
  • Yearlong, supervised internship experience from the start of the public school year in August through the end of the school year in June
  • Cohort program of 25 or fewer students led by full-time faculty members utilizing a team teaching approach
  • Structured co-teaching models with mentor teacher to increase support
  • The College of Arts and Sciences provides the liberal arts core of the university, offering academic programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • Our internationally-recognized faculty will prepare candidates for a lifetime of innovating, adapting, learning and leading through immersive learning experiences.

M.A. in Secondary Education Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completion of discipline coursework equivalent to a Michigan Department of Education approved secondary education initial certification program (Transcript evaluation will determine if additional discipline-area coursework is needed.)
  • Passing score on the Content Area Test (MTTC) for the appropriate secondary education discipline
  • For foreign language certification, passing score on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) of Advanced Low or higher
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A)
  • Completion of ES 2000 or 7+ hours of teacher contact in a public school setting. Completion of ED 3200 and ED 4200 or 30+ hours of student contact in a public school setting.
  • Written essay reflecting on experiences with students and teachers in the field.
  • Interview

Contacts

  • Beth Cramer, academic advisor for pre-secondary education pathway, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gabriela Saliwanchik, manager of recruitment and outreach, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Val Horwath, manager of recruitment and outreach, College of Education and Human Development
  • Dr. Amy Bentz, faculty specialist, College of Education and Human Development
  • Dr. Allison Hart-Young, professor, College of Education and Human Development