A transfer student is a student who has attended any post-secondary institution after high school graduation, with the exception of the summer immediately following high school graduation.
Direct Transfer Admission to the College of Education
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.
Please note! There has been an
important change to testing requirements as per the Michigan Department
of Education (MDE), effective October 18, 2016. Please see the
information under Test Scores Required for Admission below.
ACT scores of 22 in Reading, Mathematics and Writing are now
Applying for Direct Transfer Admission
Test Scores Required for Admission
Official ACT scores (or an approved alternative
such as the MTTC PRE; see detailed information below) are required for
admission to MSU’s Teacher Preparation Program. The Michigan Department
of Education (MDE) requires teacher candidates to have the following
- Reading 22 (or higher)
- Mathematics 22 (or higher)
- English + Writing 22 (or higher) Note that the MDE changed the allowable English + Writing score from 24 to 22, effective October 18, 2016.
If you have already taken the ACT and your scores
meet or exceed those levels, you have met MDE’s “basic skills”
requirement. If you have already taken the ACT and your scores do not meet or exceed those levels, you may take the test again and have
official scores sent to MSU. If you have taken the ACT more than once,
we will use your best score in each subarea (Reading, Mathematics, and
English + Writing) across multiple test dates. The ACT can be taken a
maximum of twelve times.
Official scores are those sent to Michigan State University from the
company that administers the ACT. MSU’s institutional code is 2032. For
information about having your ACT scores sent to MSU, see the Sending Your Scores to Others on the ACT website. For registration information, see Registering for the ACT Test.
It is possible to register for the ACT with or without the Writing
subtest, but it is not possible to register for and take individual ACT
subtests. You will need to register for and take (or retake) the entire
ACT (with or without Writing, depending on whether you need to improve
your English + Writing score). Finally, see ACT Online Prep for online resources to help you prepare for the ACT.
The 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 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 (taken
February 2005 to present) using an 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 the new 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 after 9/1/2016, you may skip this step.
- Combine your
best ACT English score in the vertical
column on the left with your 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 you for admission to the teacher
preparation program. You may retake the ACT and we will use the best
score in each subarea (Reading, Mathematics and English + Writing)
across all tests dates.
Alternatives to the ACT
Applicants may also take the Michigan Test for
Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam (PRE).
Applicants may pass all three PRE subtests (Reading, Mathematics and
Writing), or they may combine passing scores from the ACT, PRE and MTTC
Basic Skills Test (the Basic Skills Test is no longer available, but
we will continue to accept those scores). For example, an applicant may
have an ACT Reading score of 25, an ACT Mathematics score of 22, and
an ACT English + Writing score of 23. In this case, the applicant could
use ACT scores to demonstrate basic skills in Reading and
Mathematics, but would need to retake the ACT (with Writing) or pass the PRE Writing subtest to demonstrate basic skills in Writing.
In another example, an applicant might pass the PRE Reading subtest,
use an ACT score of 22 or better to demonstrate basic skills in
Mathematics, and use a pass on the Writing subtest of Basic Skills Test
to demonstrate basic skills in Writing.
In addition to combining passing scores on the
ACT, PRE and Basic Skills Test, the MDE allows an additional alternative
pass measure. For applicants who have passed two subtests (e.g., for
those who have passed two PRE subtests, have two acceptable ACT scores,
or have passed one PRE subtest and have an acceptable ACT score for a
second subtest), a scaled score within -1 Standard Error of Measurement
(SEM) of the PRE passing scaled score (220) may be used to demonstrate
basic skills in the third area. Basic Skills subtests may not be combined with PRE subtests or ACT scores for this purpose. Scores
that are within -1 SEM of the passing score can change with each PRE
administration. Minimally acceptable scores (within -1 SEM) are posted
after each test administration on the MTTC website. Generally speaking, scores within -1 SEM of the passing scaled score (220) are: 193-200 (depending on the test administration) for Reading, 196-198 (depending on the test administration) for Mathematics, and 197-202 (depending on the test administration) for Writing.
Like the ACT, the PRE requires separate registration and fee payment. Please visit the MTTC website for information about test preparation and registration. Students
should request that official results be sent to MSU when they register
to take the test (MSU's Institution Code is 18). Students who do not use
MSU's Institution Code at the time of registration will need to
request that an official report be sent to MSU at a later date (at an
added cost to the student). This could delay admission. Both the
paper-based test (PBT) and the computer-based test (CBT) are acceptable
(but the paper-based version is less expensive).
The Professional Readiness Exam is a challenging
test, and we strongly encourage applicants to prepare before taking it.
This is especially true of the Writing subtest. Study materials,
including full-length practice tests, are available on the MTTC website.Commercially-available
study materials are available at the Reserve Desk in the MSU Main
Library and in all of the neighborhood engagement centers. These and
other study materials for the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) are
also available for purchase online. If you fail to pass one or more of
the PRE subtests, you only need to retake the subtest(s) you did not
pass. Consult the MTTC website for more information.
The MDE does not accept SAT scores as alternative pass measures at this time.
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. Students should take
the ACT (or PRE) or be registered for the ACT (or PRE) before
completing the application. Applicants who have registered to
take/retake a test, but have not yet taken it, may apply; however, they
cannot be admitted until official, passing results have been received.
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)
College of Education Online 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 College of Education Direct 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 College of Education:
- 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.
College of Education Online Transfer Application and Essay
Only students who receive a link from the MSU Office of Admissions are eligible to complete the online application for Direct Transfer Admission.
- The online application contains information about how to schedule the required timed and proctored essay at a testing site on the MSU campus. There is a $20 essay scoring fee that must be paid online (within the application) using a credit card, debit card or checking account.
- 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
- Have successfully
completed any developmental coursework required in mathematics and/or
writing (e.g., MTH 1825)
FAQs for Transfer Students