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  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Occupational Education Studies


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Geraldine Schma, Advisor

This Bachelor of Science program is designed for those who wish to become a certified teacher in a technical/occupational subject area. The program leads to a state of Michigan Secondary Provisional Certificate with a vocational endorsement. The program appeals to individuals desiring to teach technical/occupational subjects in comprehensive high schools, trade academies, area career and technical centers. The Office of Teacher Certification within the College of Education and Human Development processes all recommendations for certification and advises students seeking additional teaching endorsements.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the regular University admission requirements, applicants to this program must also meet the following prerequisites required for all degree candidates recommended for teaching certification by the College of Education and Human Development at the time of application:

  1. Complete ED 2500 Human Development: Applications in Education or an approved course with a grade of “C” or better;
  2. possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher; and,
  3. achieve passing scores of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)-Basic Skills Test.

When admission has been granted, the Office of Admissions and Advising will prepare a credit evaluation which will enable the advisor to prepare a program outline prior to the first registration.

Program Requirements For Occupational Education Studies


1. Complete a teachable major:


A minimum of 30 hours in a teachable technical/occupational program of study, which is approved by the Michigan Department of Education for the OES program and completed at one of the collaborating Michigan community colleges. If an approved program of study was not followed at a Michigan community college, the passing scores of the Michigan Occupational Competency Assessment Center (MOCAC) must be submitted.

2. Complete a teachable minor:


A minimum of 20 hours in a teaching minor sequence for Secondary Education Curriculum approved in consultation with a university advisor.

3. Complete work experience:


A minimum of 4,000 hours of recent and relevant work experience required in the teachable major.

5. Complete the following 12 hours internship and seminar courses:


  • CTE Seminar in Education Credits: 2 hours
  • CTE Intern Teaching in CTE Credits: 10 hours

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