Learn how you can become a certified classroom teacher or add endorsements to your current teaching certificate through the Alternate Route to Interim Teacher Certification (ARC) 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 Alternate Route Program also enables currently certified teachers to add new endorsements to their certificates while completing the same ARC program requirements. The Michigan Interim Teaching certificate will enable those who complete the program to work as certified classroom teachers in Michigan’s public, charter and parochial classrooms in a wide variety of disciplines. An individual can become certified to teach in as little as one semester.
Certification is available in the following areas:
- Elementary education (Grades K–5 or 6–8 self-contained)
- Secondary education (grades 6–12)
- K–12 (Music, Art, Physical Education, ESL, etc.)
Candidates, as well as currently certified teachers, can be recommended for a wide variety of endorsements, except Special Education and Early Childhood Education.
The requirements for admission to an Alternate Route Program are:
- Bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 point scale)*
- Pass the applicable MTTC Subject Area Test(s)
- Pass the criminal background check (Fingerprinting may also be required by some school districts for fieldwork)
- Demonstrate the social, emotional, and professional behaviors consistent with those of professional educators
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