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Accelerated Route to Teacher Certification

Ashley Youngstrom

The Fast Track to Your Teaching Career

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, but you have always wanted to teach? SVSU offers an innovative one year teacher certification program!

With Saginaw Valley State University's Accelerated Certification with Residency (ACR) program, you can become a professionally-certified teacher in just three semesters (online and hybrid courses). This Michigan Department of Education approved program also includes a one year paid residency, in a school-setting, along with support provided by a master teacher mentor, a University Supervisor, and University professors.

"The professors - the whole experience in the program - was incredible!" - LYNN SKINNER, Ph.D., 7TH GRADE TEACHER

To become an Accelerated Certification with Residency teacher candidate, applicants must have completed 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 ACR program.

To learn more, contact the College of Education at

To gain admission to the program, applicants must successfully complete the following steps by June 1st, 2023 to participate in the 2023-24 ACR cohort beginning Summer Semester 2023:

  • attend a Teacher Certification Information Session (see below);
  • fulfill the requirements for admission to SVSU and the ACR program;
  • satisfy content area testing required by the Michigan Department of Education for teacher certification;
  • complete an interview.


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

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James E. Tarr, Ph.D.

Acting Assistant Dean & Professor

Colleen D'Arcy, Ph.D.


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


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