School districts across the country, including Michigan, are experiencing teacher shortages. Professionals with a bachelor’s degree in other areas can fill some of these teaching jobs by transitioning into teaching through alternative certification programs. These programs allow prospective teachers to earn teaching certification in Michigan without having to attend a four-year program and earn a second bachelor’s degree. Here is a look at some of the programs in Michigan.
The Limited License to Instruct program is designed to prepare experienced professionals to teach in critical shortage areas in Detroit schools while completing a teacher preparation program. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and experience in the subject they would like to teach.
Those who participate in the program are required to complete:
20 hours of human development, special needs and methods of instruction courses.
Six hours of coursework in teaching reading for elementary education, or three hours for secondary education.
A mentored teaching position.
40 hours of master’s-level coursework, including online and on-campus courses, support groups and seminars.
Eligibility and How to Apply
In addition to the aforementioned requirements, candidates must also:
Have at least a 2.5 GPA. Candidates with a 2.0 or higher may be eligible upon successful completion of the MTCC test.
Pass a criminal background check.
Apply through an approved institution that offers this licensing option.
The costs of this program vary depending on the institution.