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M.Ed. Programs

Accelerated Master in Education (AME)

This program prepares participants for initial teacher certification at either the elementary or secondary level. Cohort participants secure clinical placements to support their content-area preparation and complete courses that meet on Monday evenings, Saturday mornings, and online. 

The AME program is ideally suited for paraprofessionals, individuals on temporary/emergency permits, or long-term substitute teachers. Accepted participants who are not able to fulfill all their clinical field work, can extend their program to complete a semester of traditional student teaching. 

Each candidate is evaluated on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure that all professional preparation competencies have been met prior to being recommended for certification.



Application Deadline (Round 1): March 15, 2022

Application Deadline (Round 2): April 4, 2022

Traditional Master in Education (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed. graduate program provides the opportunity for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree to enter the teaching field. This program leads to initial secondary (grades 6-12) teacher certification and is best suited to individuals who have completed or are close to completing “teachable” majors/minors. (A list of approved majors/minors can be found here.) At this time, elementary teacher certification is not an available option through this M.Ed. program.

Prospective M.Ed. students must have passing SAT scores prior to full admission.

Testing information and study materials can be found at Testing Information.  Additionally, candidates must achieve passing scores on associated Michigan Teacher Tests for Certification (MTTC) subject area examinations before they can be recommended for certification by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

Once course work required for all majors/minors has been completed, graduate students can typically complete the M.Ed. program in a year and half if attending full-time. M.Ed. candidates must complete all degree requirements within five years of enrollment in their first graduate education course.


M.A.T. Program

The Master in the Art of Teaching (M.A.T.) program offers advanced studies for certified classroom teachers. Numerous program options are available that allow certified teachers to add endorsements to their teaching certificates, to attend classes that will count towards their professional certificates, or to earn a masters degree. Read more about the M.A.T. Program on the M.A.T. Overview page.

Montessori Teacher Certification

Individuals completing Montessori teacher certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies are eligible to apply program course work toward a graduate degree program at Aquinas College. Candidates must apply within 6 months of completing their CGMS certification program and can apply for up to 18 graduate credits (Cost = $150 per credit hour plus a $100 processing fee).