Northern Michigan University School of Education, Leadership & Public Service

PAC Route Time to Completion: 4 Semesters

Master’s in Educational Instruction Degree Option: 2 additional courses

If you are committed to improving the learning environments for students in grades 6 to 12 and you have a strong desire to improve your teaching effectiveness, then join us in the online Pedagogy and Certification Route for Secondary Teachers (PAC Route) at Northern Michigan University. This nationally accredited online teaching and learning community will engage you in a purposeful and planned sequence of theory, application, and supervised internships.

The PAC Route design accommodates any working professional’s schedule and assists them in earning their initial Michigan Secondary (grades 6-12) Teaching Certificate within one of the following content areas, or equivalent, for which the professional currently holds a bachelor’s degree:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Social Studies
  • History

PAC Route enrollees have graduate student status at Northern Michigan University.

The program is developed by professional faculty who have significant experience teaching in grades 6-12 classrooms. The PAC Route requires four semesters and 28 credits to complete. Through the online PAC Route for Secondary Teachers, you can earn your initial grades 6-12 Michigan subject-area teaching certificate in four online semesters of coursework.

If you wish, you may also earn a Master’s of Educational Instruction by completing an additional five credits of online courses.

STEP 1: Submit an inquiry for the Pedagogy and Certification (PAC) Route Program. A PAC Route Program Counselor will contact you about goals, required documents for application, and teaching certification.

STEP 2: Respond to the meeting request from a PAC Route Program Counselor who will help you determine if you are eligible for the PAC Route.

STEP 3: Interview with a PAC Route Program Counselor to determine eligibility and to develop a PAC Route plan of study. The interview and required written materials are also used to gauge English proficiency if the applicant is a non-English native speaker.

Please save the following documents prepared for your interview with the PAC Route Counselor:

A current resume outlining education, relevant work experience, and skills

  • An essay explaining your professional goals
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts

STEP 4: Upon approval from your PAC Route Program Counselor, complete the Northern Michigan University application for admission. No verification of finances is required for online Global Campus programs.

Declare the “Educational Instruction” program

  • Pay $50 application fee    
  • Provide official transcripts

University provided scholarships or tuition waivers do not exist for the PAC Route.



50USD application fee

Standard fee for all graduate student applicants


Current graduate tuition rates are established at the in-state tuition rate for all Global Campus online students -    

Education credential evaluation and English proficiency


Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) or

World Education Service (WES)


50USD online course fee

Charged per credit hour

Cost of Supplemental Materials

Required materials beyond the online open-source and instructor created materials are the responsibility of the student.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Apply for ED 584 Internship – PAC Program Counselors will work with you and your school administrator so the internship occurs in the school in which you are employed. 

Semester 4

  • ED 584 Internship (6 credits)

The internship occurs in the school and classroom where the participant is employed. An internship requires approval from the participant’s school administrator and/or an on-site peer mentor. An internship agreement will be developed for each individual participant. Program faculty will use video observation, artifacts from the participant’s students, and participant reflections for the assessment, evaluation, and critique.  The internship requires 360 hours of teaching for individuals who wish to apply for a Michigan teaching certificate.

  • Upon successful completion of all required coursework at a 3.0 or better grade point average, satisfactory performance in the internship, and a passing score for the appropriate MTTC content exam your PAC Route Program Counselor will assist you with the application for a Michigan Teaching Certificate.