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 Results Required for Admission
The Michigan Department of
Education (MDE) requires that all teacher preparation programs in
Michigan be accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator
Preparation (CAEP). CAEP requires that students admitted to teacher
preparation programs take a standardized test. Because Michigan high
school students take the SAT, MSU has chosen the current SAT (taken
March 5, 2016 or later) as the standardized test required for admission.
Recent legislation has given us greater flexibility in interpreting test scores within the context of admission decisions. In the past, MDE required that applicants meet SAT "college and career readiness" standards in reading, writing and mathematics (see below). Although applicants are still required to take the current version of the SAT, reaching those scores is no longer required for admission. Further, we are committed to opening the teaching profession to students of all backgrounds. Therefore, SAT scores will not be a barrier to admission, but will be used to determine what (if any) support you may need to be successful in the teacher preparation program and teaching profession.
SAT College and Career Readiness Standards:
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480 (or higher)
- Mathematics: 530 (or higher)
Applicants must take the entire SAT and have the results sent to MSU. Taking
only portions of the SAT or failing to have results sent to MSU will
make it impossible for us to use the results for admission to the
teacher preparation program.
Alternative Test Results Acceptable for Admission
The Michigan Tests for
Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills Test (BST) and Professional
Readiness Examination (PRE) are no longer available. However, passing
results on those tests will be acceptable indefinitely (forever). In
some cases, ACT results from tests taken before 9/23/17 may also be
acceptable. If you have questions about using results from the BST, PRE
or ACT, please contact a teacher prepartion advisor in the College of
Education. To schedule an appointment, MSU students should use the
online scheduling system. Non-MSU students should call 517 353 9680.
If you have not taken the SAT, you will find free test preparation information and materials on the College Board's SAT website.
Tutoring and test preparation support is also available in the Student
Advising Office. To access that service, please follow these steps.
- Go to the College Board's SAT website and download the following materials: SAT Practice Test 8, SAT Practice Test Answer Sheet, Scoring Your SAT Practice Test 8 and SAT Practice Test 8 Answer Explanations.
- After you have completed SAT Practice Test 8 and reviewed your
results, please call the Student Advising Office (517 353 9680) for
- You must bring your completed version of SAT Practice Test 8 when
you visit the tutor for help. The tutor will use the practice test as a
diagnostic tool. This service is free.
Using Your Scores to Apply for Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
- Applicants must take the entire SAT and have official results sent
to MSU. Failing to do either will make it impossible for us to use the
results for admission to the teacher preparation program.
- Applicants who are registered to take the SAT, but have not yet
taken it, may apply; however, they cannot be admitted until official
results have been received.
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