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Alma’s teacher education program strives to help students become effective teachers by developing general knowledge, specific subject expertise and teaching skills.
Alma College’s teacher preparation program is rated “exemplary” by the Michigan Department of Education. The annual review analyzes student pass rates on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, surveys of student teachers and their supervisors, program completion rates, diversity in enrollment and whether schools are preparing teachers in high-need subject areas.
A key to the education program’s success is its strong emphasis on practical experience. Beginning in the first or second year, students explore various teaching roles and develop teaching skills by working in classrooms in local schools.
Careers in Education
Career opportunities include teaching at the early childhood, elementary or secondary levels in public, private or parochial schools.
The Michigan State Board of Education certifies all teachers. Alma College is authorized to recommend to the State Board those students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, passed state-required Subject Area Tests in teaching majors, minors, and endorsement areas and successfully fulfilled all requirements of the Teacher Education Program.
Information for Current Education Students & Faculty
The State Department of Education requires all students who seek certification to pay a fee of $160 to receive a certificate. See the Michigan Department of Education Online Educator Certification System to apply online.
The Alma College Teacher Education Program, which is designed to provide opportunities for prospective teachers to develop knowledge and skills for teaching effectively and creatively, is granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from October 2012 to October 2019. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
“Working with students and being able to see their critical thinking skills grow every day is remarkable.” — Colin Campbell
“We have the belief that we are a lighthouse and have a moral responsibility to help educate not only our kids, but all kids, to give them the best opportunities in the world.” — Alma Alumnus Jeremey Whan, Michigan’s 2014 Principal of the Year.
Teaching is a team effort, says Kurt Sutton, a 1999 Alma College graduate who was named Michigan’s Outstanding Practicing Principal.
The international destinations for Spring Term 2015 include China, England, Germany, Italy, Peru and Spain.