Wayne State University

Post-Bachelor Certification

This program is designed to offer teacher certification to holders of baccalaureate degrees in areas other than education, who do not choose to pursue the master’s degree. The program incorporates classroom theory with practice. The Post-Bachelor program may be completed as a full-time or part-time student. The program can be completed in two (2) years as a full-time student; however, the Early Childhood program is longer than two (2) years requiring additional coursework and an additional clinical experience. Credit in this program is undergraduate credit and can never be applied toward any graduate degree. This program does not offer a second bachelor’s degree. Elementary Education courses in the Post-Bachelor Certification Program are usually offered only during the day. 

If you are in need of financial aid as a Post-Bachelor student, please consult a financial aid counselor in the Welcome Center at (313) 577-3378. Financial Aid in Post Bachelor status is limited to one (1) year. 

Students wishing to specialize in preschool, kindergarten and primary grades may also earn the Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) Endorsement.

Post-Bachelor students must complete 62 semester credits to be recommended for teacher certification. Upon completion of the coursework for teacher certification, students must apply for the Initial Provisional Teaching Certificate. Provided all requirements for certification are met, Wayne State University will recommend the student to the Michigan Department of Education for the Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate and Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) specialty area endorsement. Post-Bachelor Certification students do not earn a degree.