Do you want to get your teaching certification in Michigan?

Getting Your Teaching Certification through Concordia University

Earn your teaching certification through Concordia University’s Teacher Certification Program. This program is ideal for working adults who wish to achieve their dream of becoming a certified teacher in Michigan, and it does qualify for financial aid.

Youth in middle school, junior high and high school are a lively and fun group to teach. They are well on their way to becoming adults, but they’ve also left the door wide open, just waiting for an amazing teacher or mentor to make a thoughtful impact. That mentor could be you. You have the opportunity to encourage their faith walk or ignite their excitement over a particular subject.


The Curriculum

You’ll earn a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction with a Secondary Education Teacher Certification. Our program is 30 credits and courses are offered entirely online. After completing this program, you will be equipped to teach in middle school, junior high or high school in both the private and public sector.

You’ll learn how to design and use teaching methods in your content area, plan lessons, and build relationships to manage a classroom. Also, you’ll use best practices to engage in effective teaching, and learn how to implement technology into your lessons. Our program prepares you to serve your students and school community with confidence.


How to Get Your Teaching Certification at Concordia

Step 1. Decide What You Want to Teach

We need great teachers, and are so excited to help you on this journey! Here at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI, you can earn a Secondary Education Standard Teaching Certificate. What content do you want to teach? This will help you determine what kind of Secondary certification you want to pursue. Is there a certain subject area you’re passionate about? If you’re unsure about these things, connecting with a counselor can help you identify what kind of certification matches your career goals.

A Standard Teaching Certificate in Michigan is the certification you get when you first begin your teaching career.

Concordia’s Program Allows for These Standard Teaching Certifications in Michigan:

You can get a Secondary Certification (Grades 6-12) in these content areas:

      • English
      • Mathematics
      • Integrated Science
      • Comprehensive Social Studies
      • Spanish


Step 2. The Transcript Evaluation

You need a bachelor’s degree to enroll in this program.

  • Send unofficial transcripts to your admissions counselor. Include any transcripts where college credit was received.
  • Our program coordinator will evaluate your transcript to make sure you are eligible for the license you are seeking.
  • The program coordinator will reach out to you with that evaluation, including information about our next cohorts!


Step 3. The Application

Once we notify you that you are eligible for certification, we welcome you to apply!

  • Go to
  • Create a Graduate application for your intended program.
  • Use the code ANNAPP to waive that application fee when submitting.

After you apply…

You’ll have to submit a few items along with your application. The application page will prompt you for each item, and the process does not have to be completed in one sitting.

    • Send your official transcripts (electronically or through the mail) to Concordia University Ann Arbor Admissions (electronically or through the mail).
    • Upload a current resume.
    • Upload a personal essay, describing your reasons for obtaining a teaching license and pursuing our program. What goals do you have?
    • Submit two letters of recommendation.


Step 4. Acceptance!

Once your application is complete, our program directors will review it.

  • If you get accepted, you will receive an initial acceptance letter with a required Letter of Understanding and Background Check forms to complete.
  • Return those documents, signed.
  • Congrats! You’ll be fully accepted at this point!
  • Check out our Uncommon Scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long are classes?

  • Classes are 8 weeks long

Are classes face-to-face or online?

  • Our classes are online.

Is this program accredited?

  • It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and also by a regional agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, it is approved by the Michigan Department of Education.


Next Steps

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers you could have. If you still have questions about what it takes to get your Michigan teaching certification through Concordia University, you can visit us here or reach out to Program Director Dr. Sara Clemm von Hohenberg at We are prepared to answer your questions and help connect you with the information you need.


— Vanessa Lane is the Content Marketing Lead at Concordia University and can be reached at When she's not at work, she can be found playing with her kids or watching NBA basketball with her husband.

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