A transfer student is a student who has attended another college or university before attending MSU, with the exception of the summer immediately following high school graduation.
Direct Transfer Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
Direct transfer admission refers to admission to the teacher preparation program in the College of Education concurrent with admission to Michigan State University. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for direct transfer admission to the College of Education may transfer to MSU and then follow the regular admission process for MSU undergraduate students. MSU undergraduates typically apply in the Fall Semester of their sophomore year, but can also apply in a subsequent Fall Semester and accelerate their program.
Applying for Direct Transfer Admission
SAT Scores Required for Admission
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requires that all teacher
candidates meet SAT "college and career readiness" standards in reading,
writing and mathematics. The MDE accepts only the current version of
the SAT, taken March 5, 2016 or later.
SAT scores required for admission are:
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480 or higher
- Mathematics: 530 or higher
If you have already taken
the SAT (current version) and have scores that are considered passing,
you have met the testing requirement. If you have not taken the SAT
(current version) or your scores do not meet the passing criteria
established by MDE, you will need to take or retake the SAT. Applicants must take the entire SAT. Taking
only portions of the SAT will make it impossible for us to use the
results for admission to the teacher preparation program. Taking the
additional Writing test is not necessary.
Alternative Test Scores Acceptable for Admission
MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (PRE)
The PRE was administered
until 9/23/17. Passing scores on the Reading, Writing and Mathematics
sections of the PRE will be acceptable indefinitely (forever). If you
have taken and passed all three sections of the PRE, you have met the
testing requirement. If you have not taken the PRE or have not passed
all three sections, you will need to take or retake the SAT.
Only ACT scores taken
before 9/23/17 can be used for admission (as per the MDE). The ACT
scores required for admission are 22 or better on the Reading,
Mathematics and English + Writing subtests.
ACT English + Writing
Although the MDE requires an ACT score of at least
22 in English + Writing (if taken on or before 9/23/17), ACT no longer
offers an English + Writing subtest. Effective September 1, 2015, the
ACT English + Writing subtest was replaced by a new ACT Writing
subtest. A score of 22 or higher on an ACT English + Writing subtest
taken prior to September 1, 2015 is still acceptable. A score from the
new ACT Writing subtest (taken September 2015 or later) can be
combined with your best ACT English score using the ACT Writing/English Combined Score table and several simple steps:
- If you took the ACT Writing test between 9/1/2015 and 9/1/2016,
you will need to convert your ACT Writing subscore to a “concordant
value” using the two horizontal rows at the top of the table. Find your
ACT Writing subscore in the top (green) row and convert it to the
concordant value in the (gold) row below it. If you took the ACT
Writing test on or after 9/1/2016, you may skip this step.
- Combine your best ACT English score in the vertical column on
the left with your ACT Writing score taken after 9/1/2015. If your
combined score lies in the area highlighted in green, your score is 22
or greater and acceptable for admission. If your combined score lies in
the area highlighted in red, it is less than 22 and does not qualify
for admission to the teacher preparation program.
If you took the ACT before
9/23/17 and have scores that are considered passing, you have met the
testing requirement. If you did not take the ACT or your scores do not
meet the passing criteria established by MDE, you will need to take or
retake the SAT.
Combining Test Scores from Different Tests and Different Test Dates
A passing SAT score
(current version only) may be combined with passing PRE scores and/or
passing ACT scores (taken before 9/23/17) until October 1, 2025. If
you have taken the PRE, ACT and/or SAT more than once, we will use
your best score in each subarea across multiple test dates.
-1 SEM Alternative
For applicants who took both the PRE and ACT
(before 9/23/17) and passed two subtests (e.g., two PRE subtests, two
ACT subtests, or one PRE subtest and one ACT subtest), a scaled
PRE score within -1 Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) of the PRE
passing scaled score (220) for a given test administration may
substitute for a pass in the third area. Scores within -1 SEM of the passing score for each test administration are posted on the MTTC website (click on Professional Readiness Examination [PRE] Passing Score Alternatives table under "Additional Resources"). Generally speaking, scores within -1 SEM of the passing scaled score (220) are: 193-200 (depending on the particular test administration) for Reading, 196-198 (depending on the particular test administration) for Mathematics, and 197-202 (depending on the particular test administration) for Writing.
A passing SAT score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test may be combined with a -1 SEM PRE Mathematics score only.
- Acceptable SAT
scores (from 3/5/16 or later) are 480 or higher on Evidence-Based
Reading and Writing and 530 or higher on Mathematics. Applicants must
take the entire SAT. Taking only portions of the SAT will make it
impossible for us to use the results for admission to the teacher
preparation program. Taking the additional Writing test is not
final administration of the MTTC PRE was on 9/23/17. Passing PRE
results will always be valid (as will the results of an earlier test,
the MTTC Basic Skills Test).
scores from before 9/23/17 are acceptable. Scores of 22 or higher are
required in Reading, Mathematics and English+Writing (see details above
regarding computation of English+Writing scores).
- Until October 1, 2025, scores on SAT subtests may be combined with scores on ACT subtests and/or PRE subtests.
- On October 1, 2025, ACT scores
and PRE -1 SEM scores will no longer be acceptable as alternate pass
measures, even if the test administration was on or before 9/23/17.
If you need to improve your SAT scores, you will find free test preparation information on the College Board SAT website.
Using Your Scores to Apply for Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
Before students can be admitted to the teacher preparation program,
MSU must receive official notification that they have demonstrated
basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. Applicants who are
registered to take/retake a test, but have not yet taken it, may apply;
however, they cannot be admitted until official, passing results have
For students in our current applicant pool, we will apply
alternative pass measures automatically (i.e., it is not necessary for
applicants to request this). However, we cannot speculate or advise
students who are not in our current applicant pool about their scores,
as we are unable to predict what MDE policies will be in effect
if/when they apply for admission in the future.
Applying to MSU
Prospective transfer students interested in earning teacher certification must first submit an online application for undergraduate admission to the MSU Office of Admissions, and indicate on the application their intention to earn a teaching certificate. Students interested in becoming elementary or special education teachers should select Education or Special Education as their major. Students interested in becoming secondary education teachers should select the major corresponding to the subject they wish to teach (e.g., Mathematics, English, Biology, Art Education, etc.).
When a transfer applicant indicates an intention to pursue teacher certification, the MSU Office of Admissions determines if he or she is eligible for direct transfer admission to the College of Education. To qualify for direct admission a student must have:
- At least 42 transferable credits at the time of admission
- An overall GPA of at least 3.1 (including all courses, all attempts, all schools)
- No remedial math or writing courses required at the time of transfer to MSU (students must have exceeded the Intermediate College Algebra level by course credit or placement score prior to admission)
Teacher Preparation Program Application for Direct Transfer Admission
The MSU Office of Admissions determines eligibility for direct transfer admission and provides eligible students with a link to the online Teacher Preparation Program Transfer Admission application. Students should apply as early as possible (i.e., once 30 or more credits have been earned and current enrollment is expected to yield 42 or more credits). Students selected for direct transfer admission must meet the following requirements at the time of their matriculation at MSU to retain their admission status in the Teacher Prepration Program:
- Transfer of at least 42 credits
- Completion of all remedial/developmental coursework (e.g. Intermediate Algebra)
- Overall GPA of at least 3.1 (including all courses, all attempts, all schools)
- Demonstration of basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing using a test approved by the Michigan Department of Education
- Final transcripts sent to the MSU Office of Admissions
Students applying for admission to Special Education must complete the Special Education Pre-Admission Experience and submit the form to the Special Education advisor 134 Erickson Hall.
Teacher Preparation Program Online Transfer Application
Only students who receive a link from the MSU Office of Admissions are eligible to complete the online application for Direct Transfer Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
- Paper materials should be returned to 134 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.
- Official transcripts must be sent to the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships, Room 250 Hannah Administration Building, East Lansing, MI 48824.
- Applications that are incomplete cannot be considered.
Applications for direct transfer admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To be considered, applications must be complete by the following deadlines (or the closest business day when the 15th falls on a weekend). Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Admission decisions will be communicated approximately four to six weeks prior to the start of the admission semester. Please contact the Student Affairs Office at (517) 353-9680 with questions.
- May 15 for Fall Semester
- November 15 for Spring Semester
- March 15 for Summer Semester
Traditional MSU Undergraduate Application Option
Students who are not eligible for direct transfer admission may transfer to MSU and then apply to the teacher preparation program through the regular MSU undergraduate application process which occurs during the Fall Semester of each year. Undergraduates who have transferred to MSU are eligible to apply if they:
- Are currently enrolled at MSU
- Have earned at least 28 credits (or will have earned at least 28 credits by
the end of the application semester)
- Have a cumulative GPA of at
least 2.5 at the end of the application semester
- Have demonstrated (or
will demonstrate before end the application semester) basic skills in reading,
mathematics and writing using a test approved by the Michigan Department
of Education (e.g., SAT)
FAQs for Transfer Students