Teach For America Interim Certification Program


The Teach For America Interim Certification Program is a state-approved alternative route to certification and is open only to teachers accepted by Teach For America (TFA), placed in TFA’s Detroit region, and who pass the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) tests.

Entry to this program begins with an application to Teach For America. During the application and interview process with TFA, applicants will be able to indicate their preference for working in the Detroit region. TFA is generally a two-year program; during their service, corps members who don't hold teacher certification are required to participate in a professional education program. Members of the TFA-Detroit corps who do not already hold State of Michigan teaching certification and who choose the University of Michigan School of Education as their university partner are automatically invited to enroll in the Teach For America Interim Certification Program at the University of Michigan School of Education. In this program, students are provided with content methods seminars, field instruction, and job-embedded professional growth experiences to prepare and support their induction as teachers.

Master of Arts in Educational Studies: Urban Pedagogy Pathway

The Master of Arts in Educational Studies with a pathway in Urban Pedagogy is a unique 30-credit program for existing TFA-Detroit corps members enrolled in the interim teaching certification program and who are interested in studying issues and practices pertinent to teaching and learning in urban contexts.  It is appropriate for those who want to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning during their time in the TFA-Detroit corps and for those who imagine remaining in the profession beyond two years whether as a teacher, school leader, or policymaker.  As is the case with the existing Educational Studies MA Teaching & Learning thread on which this program is built, the Urban Pedagogy thread “focuses on instructional “doing,” including learning about classroom practices, the development of classroom materials, and ways in which teaching occurs in classrooms.  Students will gain the knowledge necessary to examine theory and research with a critical eye towards improving teaching and learning for all students.

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