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Accelerated Route to Teacher Certification

Ashley Youngstrom

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

Fast track your teaching career with SVSU's one-year teacher certification program!

If you possess a bachelor's degree in another discipline, seize the opportunity to pursue your passion for teaching through our Accelerated Certification with Residency (ACR) program. In just three semesters, blending online and hybrid courses, you'll gain the skills and knowledge needed for professional certification, including a one-year paid residency in a school setting. Our Michigan Department of Education-approved program provides unwavering support, with a master teacher mentor, a university supervisor, and esteemed professors guiding your journey.

To qualify for the ACR program, applicants need a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and adherence to all admission requirements. Transform your career and make a lasting impact as an educator with SVSU's ACR program!

Admission Steps and Deadlines

To gain admission to the program, applicants must complete the following steps by June 1st, 2024 to get started in Summer 2024:

  • attend a Teacher Certification Information Session (see teacher certification information session dates 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 (tests must be completed by:  May 12, 2024);
  • complete an interview.

Teacher Certification Information Session Dates

Information sessions are offered monthly and are designed to provide you with a full overview of the program's admission, coursework, and residency requirements. Careers in education, especially in high-need areas, will also be discussed.

Please select a date below to register for an upcoming seminar. We look forward to seeing you at one soon!


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

Questions? Contact the College of Education at

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


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


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