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Admission to the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

Please read all instructions carefully and complete all questions on the online application.

Who Is Eligible to Apply

This program is intended for speakers of Chinese Mandarin who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates who are already certified as teachers (through either an American or non-American college or university) and/or are currently teaching Chinese in a public school are also eligible to apply.

The Application Period

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due by January 31, 2018. Only complete applications received by that date can be considered. Paper application materials (in addition to the online portion of the application) must be mailed to 620 Farm Lane Room 230, East Lansing, MI 48824 or faxed to 517.432.4797 (attention “Chinese Program”). Admission decisions will be communicated to applicants by email. Questions should be directed to 517.355.3801.

The Admission Application

Applicants are required to:
  • Complete the online application for admission to the Chinese Experimental Teacher Certification program.
  • Submit an essay in response to an essay question (an essay question will be e-mailed to the applicant after the application has been received).
  • Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended showing an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher (official transcripts must be received in an unopened, sealed envelope sent directly from the issuing institution). Transcripts from foreign universities must be submitted in sets of two, containing both English and the foreign language. Official graduate certificates from foreign universities are also required in both languages. Admission will be considered on an individual basis when candidates have baccalaureate degrees from foreign universities and cumulative GPAs between 2.50 and 2.75.
  • Transcripts must be verified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). These are required by the university and must be received as official directly from the CDGDC. Here is the information for the CDGDC:

    • China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center
    • Verification Division
    • B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
    • No.1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R.China
    • Tel: 86-10-82379480
    • Fax: 86-10-82378718
    • Email: cqv@cdgdc.edu.cn
    • Website:www.chinadegrees.cn
  • Submit three letters of recommendation that attest to the candidate’s potential as a teacher of Chinese.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Native speakers of Mandarin will demonstrate oral proficiency through a panel review. Non-native and heritage speakers of Mandarin are required to score in the “Intermediate-High” range on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). For information about arranging to take the ACTFL OPI in Mandarin, please contact the Center for the Support of Language Teaching (CeLTA).
  • Demonstrate oral proficiency in English.  For native speakers of English, proficiency will be established through a panel review. Non-native speakers of English will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Native speakers of English with degrees from U.S. institutions are exempt from this test requirement for the CTCP program. The MATC program also requires TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English. Requirements:
    • TOEFL: iBT. An average score of 80 or above with no sub-score below 19 and a score of 22 or above on the writing component is required. Test scores from up to 24 months prior to admission can be submitted. Only the iBT will be accepted (TOEFL scores must be sent ELECTRONICALLY to the office of admissions using code 1465).
    • or
    • IELTS: Minimum average score of 6.5. No subscore below 6.0. Test scores from up to 24 months prior to admission can be submitted.
  • The MDE requires documentation of teacher certification candidates having basic knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics. This can be demonstrated through either the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam, through the ACT Test with Combined English and Writing, or through the SAT Test. For admissions, either:

    Before September 23, 2017:
    Submit passing scores for all three subparts of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam
    • • Applicants who are not currently residing in the U.S. may register for, and take, the Professional Readiness Exam when they arrive in the U.S. as long as it is before September 23, 2017.
    • • Applicants should request that scores be sent to MSU when they register for the exam (www.mttc.nesinc.com).
    • • Official scores are required and must be sent directly from the testing company to MSU.

    Or:

    Before September 23, 2017:
    Submit the following ACT scores, as required by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE): Reading—22 (or higher), Mathematics—22 (or higher), English + Writing—24 (or higher).
    • Applicants who are not currently residing in the U.S. may register for, and take, the required ACT test when they arrive in the U.S. as long as it is before September 23, 2017.
    • Applicants should request that scores be sent to MSU when they register for the test.
    • Official scores are required and must be sent directly from the testing company to MSU. MSU’s institutional code for the ACT is 2032.

    Or:

    Before and after September 23, 2017:
    Submit official scores for your SAT Test: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing—480 (or higher), Mathematics—530 (or higher).
    • Applicants should request that scores be sent to MSU when they register for the test (https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login?idp=ECL)
    • Official scores are required and must be sent directly from the testing company to MSU.

Scores from SAT subtests may be combined with scores from ACT subtests and scores from PRE subtests until October 1, 2025; however, -1 SEM scores cannot be used in combination with SAT scores.

The last administration of the MTTC PRE will be on September 23, 2017. PRE results will always be valid (as will the results from the earlier test, the MTTC Basic Skills). Results from the 9/23/17 PRE test administration will arrive on 10/20/17.

Alternative pass measures for the PRE, such as ACT scores and -1 SEM scores, must be based on test administration dates on or before 9/23/17. ACT scores and -1 SEM scores from test administrations before 9/23/17 will be valid until 10/1/2025.

On October 1, 2025, ACT scores and -1 SEM scores will no longer be acceptable as alternate pass measures, even if the test administration was on or before 9/23/17.

For students who do not meet minimum test scores for either the ACT or PRE based on tests taken prior to or on 9/23/17, the only acceptable test (after 9/23/17) will be the new SAT test (administered March 5, 2016 or later). Acceptable scores 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 certification program.

Application Checklist

  • Application
  • Essay (will be sent via e-mail once the application is received)
  • Official Transcripts (transcripts and graduation certificate or diploma) (2 official copies are required if submitting foreign transcripts)
  • Transcript Evaluation (from ECE, WES or IERF)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (English proficiency)
  • ACTFL OPI or panel review (Chinese proficiency)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Either: Results prior to the September 23, 2017 deadline for the MTTC Professional Readiness Exam or Official ACT Scores for Reading, Mathematics and English + Writing. Following the September 23, 2017 deadline, applicants must submit Official SAT Test scores.
  • Conviction Disclosure Form
  • Professional Resume

A credential evaluation must be completed and received by CI-MSU for obtaining state Teaching Permits. Candidates who received their bachelor's degrees from institutions outside the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved agency, such as ECE or WES. This report is now only used as an employment requirement and is no longer part of the application for admissions. Only ECE and WES will be accepted as transcript evaluation companies; IERF is not an authorized company for many states. If you have already graduated with your degree, we must receive the copy directly from the evaluation company by April 30th. If you have not already graduated with your degree, we must receive the copy directly from the evaluation company by August 15th.