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Troops-to-Teachers Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification

Program Details

Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Career and Technical Education as part of a Transition and Licensing program for Military personnel for personnel who are interested in careers in education and working with students to develop their professional and career capabilities. Military personnel with a bachelor’s degree and related business or industrial work experience can obtain teacher certification through the program.

Students will focus on developing knowledge of teaching while in the process of transitioning to education. Those classes include work-site based education programs, measurement and evaluation in career and technical education, and curriculum development in career and technical education.

Students completing the program should be qualified for roles in teaching and education. Those qualifications include the ability to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of students, to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the subject matter, the ability to manage classroom and laboratories and create effective environments for learning, the ability to create learning environments involving equal treatment, fairness, and respect for diversity, and the ability to foster experiential, conceptual, and performance-based student learning of the subject matter. In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to utilize a variety of assessment methods, develop student career decision-making and employability skills, the ability to guide students in managing and balancing multiple life roles, the ability to develop self-awareness and confidence in students, the ability to analyze, evaluate, and strengthen teaching practice through life-long learning, the ability to strengthen professional development an outreach, and to contribute to the education profession to improve schools and advance knowledge and practice in their field.


1. Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree comparable to the current Michigan secondary teachable major endorsement in Marketing, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Industrial Technology;
2. Successful completion of Michigan Test of Basic Skills, 
3. Work Experience: 4000 hours of recent and relevant work experience in a related field; and, 
4. Successful completion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in the discipline.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission