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Every single class here, I had amazing professors, professors that motivated me and inspired me. Not only that, but gave me one-on-one attention when I needed it.
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The Secondary Social Studies – Level Change – Postbaccalaureate Certificate adds to your skill set, increasing your employability and income potential.

In this program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills needed to add a secondary social studies endorsement to an existing Michigan elementary teaching certificate, allowing the holder to teach social studies in grades 6 through 12. The level change may also extend the validity of existing endorsements to additional grade levels.
  • Complete the secondary social studies major and a portion of the professional education core that is specific to working with secondary students.
  • Be eligible to apply for the endorsement upon successful program completion and passing the required state test.

The conditional requirements for this program include a Bachelor degree.

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Career Facts

  • The average annual wage for High School Teachers is about $52,400.
  • Employment is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2016, about as fast as average.
  • The pool of teachers is large and many are retiring in the coming decade, so job prospects are excellent.
  • Advancement for a Secondary School Teacher includes becoming head of their department.
  • Or, with experience and further education, they may become an assistant principal, principal, or superintendent.
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