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Accelerated Route to Teacher Certification

The Accelerated Certification with Residency (ACR) program is a non-degree, experimental accelerated teacher preparation program approved by the Michigan Department of Education that includes a residency in a school-setting for the entire school year and professional methods courses offered during the fall and winter semesters in an online and hybrid format that provide teacher candidates with theory and practice in teaching. Candidates are supported by a master teacher mentor, a University Supervisor, and University professors throughout the program.

To become an ACR teacher candidate, applicants must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, and fulfill all requirements for admission to SVSU and the program. Those interested in learning more about the ACR program must first attend a Teacher Certification Seminar. Attendees who would like to pursue admittance to the program will then schedule an appointment to meet with a COE advisor to review all admission and program requirements and the teachable majors available.

To gain admission to the program, applicants must:

  • attend a Teacher Certification Seminar;
  • fulfill the requirements for admission to SVSU and the ACR program;
  • satisfy all basic skills and content area testing required by the Michigan Department of Education for teacher certification;
  • complete an interview and writing sample.

These steps must be completed by July 1 each year to start the program the following fall.

Elementary Accelerated Certification Program
Secondary Accelerated Certification Program
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Cost Estimate for ACR Program
Teacher Certification Licensure Requirements

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(989) 964-4057(989) 964-4057
Toll-free: 1-800-968-2540
(989) 964-4385

Interim Dean

David Callejo Pérez, Ed.D.
Associate Provost

Assistant Dean

Vetta Vratulis, Ph.D.


College of Education Dean's Office,
Gilbertson Hall, North 275
University Center, MI-48710


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.