Teaching Pathway

Degree Completion

About the Program

If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, the Teaching Pathway is for you!

The only approved program of its kind in Michigan, the UOlivet Teaching Pathway is a clear and unique path through alternate route certification with extensive classroom and theory and practice of teaching experience. Partnering with #T.E.A.C.H., a Michigan alternate route provider, UOlivet creates opportunities for students to get into paid teaching positions upon graduation from the University.

The coursework, mentoring and field experiences allow you to develop a strong foundation in the practice of teaching so that you are prepared and confident about making teaching your profession.

  • By the time you graduate from the Teaching Pathway, you will have had foundational work in planning, instructional strategies,
    working with families and communities, and working with diverse populations.
  • You will have hundreds of hours in classrooms.
  • You will also will have completed half of the #T.E.A.C.H. program, which means that you are better prepared to teach and will pay less to complete their certification program if you choose to use #T.E.A.C.H. to complete the program.

This preparation, paired with a content area major or an Integrative Studies major designed for elementary content areas, will prepare you for stepping into your own classroom.

The Pathway to Teaching

The University of Olivet offers a variety of courses and experiences to prepare you for teaching positions.

The curriculum includes five core courses, seminar sections, a service-learning component, and a cooperative teaching experience that can range from three to 15 credits. All courses are either fully online or offered with a hybrid option, making this program perfect for both traditional undergraduates and degree competition students.

You’ll get into the classroom in your first-year seminar. In your sophomore year, you’ll design a service project for a classroom or group.

For each of the five core courses, started in the junior year, you will experience the following:

  • Receive content, feedback, and coaching from a #T.E.A.C.H. coach
  • Participate in classroom discussions and reflections with Olivet faculty
  • Experience field placements in K-12 school settings.
  • Throughout the courses, you will take on progressively more independent teaching tasks under a mentor teacher’s guidance.

In your senior year, you will also take a seminar to prepare for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification before finishing with a cooperative teaching experience in a school setting.

Teaching Pathway Coursework
Course NameModules Included
Planning & BuildingPlanning Essentials
Ethics and Professional Behavior
Developing a Classroom Climate
Planning the Environment

Child Development - ElementaryEssentials of Brain-based Learning
Early Childhood Development
Middle Childhood Development
Child Development - SecondaryEssential of Brain-based Learning
Middle Childhood Development
The Adolescent Learner
Family & CommunityPrinciples of Diversity
Effective Parent Relationships
Community Partnerships in the School
Instructional Strategies I – Elementary*Planning Effective Lessons
Results-focused Lesson Study
Effective Questioning Strategies
Instructional Strategies II – Elementary*Best Teaching Practices K-6
Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
Homework and Practice
Instructional Strategies I – Secondary*Planning Effective Lessons
Results-focused Lesson Study
Effective Questioning Strategies
Instructional Strategies II – Secondary*Best Teaching Practices 7-12
Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
Homework and Practice

*Instructional Strategies I- Elementary and Instructional Strategies I- Secondary are taught together, as are Instructional Strategies II- Elementary and Instructional Strategies II- Secondary.

A full listing of courses can be found in the Academic Catalog on page 123.

Cooperative Teaching Experiences

UOlivet students are in the classroom in their first year! Below are some of the cooperative teaching experiences students have enjoyed.

2nd and 3rd grades
Elementary Science
Middle School Math
Middle School Social Studies
Middle School ELA
High School Speech
High School Band
Middle School Weightlifting program
HighSchool History

What is an Alternative Pathway?

Michigan designed the Alternative Pathways to Teacher Certification program for individuals with a bachelor’s degree (not in education) who want to enter the field of teaching in the State of Michigan.

Olivet’s teaching pathway prepares you to enroll in this program after graduation. To be eligible for enrollment in an alternative certification program, you must graduate with a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least a 3.0, pass the appropriate discipline area Michigan Test(s) for Teacher Certification and receive CPR/First Aid certification.

This rigorous, accelerated preparation program is guided by State of Michigan law, administrative rules and teacher preparation program standards. Learn more about approved State of Michigan alternative route to teacher certification providers.

As an alum and current teacher, I can tell you that the Teaching Pathway is a life-changing opportunity that allows you to pursue your dreams of teaching while continuing to experience everything The University of Olivet has to offer. Olivet and the Teaching Pathway are a great pair. Obtaining your teaching certificate this way allows you to gain classroom experience at a quicker rate. You are able to get into multiple levels of education to really see what the best fit for you is, and you get an individualized and unique education, so entering the Teaching Pathway program will give you more one-on-one experience and the tools to become your own type of educator. – Megan Black ’19

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