Online Alternative

Michigan teaching certification program

Combine your certificate & master's 

Interested in shifting your career? If you've already earned a bachelor's degree, Concordia's MDE-approved alternative teacher certification program allows you to earn your Michigan Teacher Certification in elementary or secondary education combined with your master's in education.

Our flexible post-baccalaureate program makes it so you can continue working while completing classes at your own pace, with the flexibility to complete student teaching at a school local to you. Additionally, you may customize your grade band and/or content area.


Self-paced, online courses offered in 8-week segments. Finish in as little as one year + student teaching.


Small class sizes allow for individualized attention from experienced professors and educators in local schools

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Is your passion to teach young children? Customizing your Michigan Teaching Certificate in elementary education will prepare you as a master educator, prepared to teach age-appropriate curriculum for either lower or upper elementary students. Can't decide? No worries. *You may choose to earn certifications to teach both elementary grade band levels!

Elementary education grade bands
  • Lower elementary (PreK - grade 3)
  • Upper elementary (Grade 3 - grade 6)

*Two additional courses are required for educators interested in adding an additional grade band to their teacher certification.

Do you desire to become a middle school or high school teacher? Do you have prior knowledge in a content area you are passionate about teaching to the next generation? A Michigan Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education may be the perfect fit for you. Choose the grade band(s) you are interested in teaching, and be prepared to pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Competency (MTTC) before you begin your student teaching.

Secondary education grade bands
  • Middle secondary (grade 5 - grade 9)
  • Upper secondary (grade 7 - grade 12)

*Two additional courses are required for educators interested in teaching in an additional grade band. 

Secondary education certification options
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Music (K-12)
  • Physical Education/Health (K-12)

*Secondary students may also choose to add an English as a Second Language (K-12) or Special Education Learning Disabilities (K-12) certification to their chosen content area once they have passed the MTTC exam. In order to add an Special Education Learning Disabilities certification, students must take an additional 20 hours of coursework.

Frequently asked questions

The MTTC exam must be passed before you begin student teaching, which is about halfway through your program. Please note, CUAA's program solely prepares you for the educational portion of teacher certification. Content competency is the responsibility of the teacher candidate.

You'll be required to complete 600 hours of fieldwork in order to be certified - which includes 8 weeks of student teaching. 

Concordia’s teacher certification program was the perfect fit for me because the required coursework was exactly what I needed to move into a student teaching position or a teaching position. The material was applicable and it really prepared me to be in the classroom. All my professors through this program have been wonderful. Even though my classes were online my professors have been very available, I’ve been able to contact my professors and receive quick responses …because of this, I can easily apply what I’ve learned in my coursework and fieldwork classes. I’m equipped with a classroom management plan, a TON of lesson plans, and core practices that make the best classroom environment.

Courtney Slucter, Secondary Education Teacher Certification Grad, 2021

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