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Certification Requirements for Candidates with Bachelor's Degrees

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Post-Bachelor’s Route to Initial Teacher Certification

The Post-Bachelor’s route to initial teacher certification is available for individuals who decide to pursue teaching after they have earned a bachelor’s degree. Ideally, an applicant will have earned a degree in a subject that is “teachable,” or will have completed a substantial portion of the coursework required for one or more of the teaching majors and minors offered at MSU. Individuals with degrees in non-teachable subjects can earn teacher certification, but it requires more coursework.

Applicants to the Post Bachelor’s program must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. The applicant’s GPA for coursework used to complete the teaching major and minor must be 2.5 or better.

Secondary-Level Certification

Applicants interested in pursuing secondary certification must complete requirements for one approved secondary teaching major and one approved secondary teaching minor (exceptions are the Art Education, Music Education, Physical Science, IDS SSE and JMC majors, which do not require minors). Please see requirements for the secondary teaching majors and minors offered at MSU.  Previous coursework is evaluated relative to State standards and, to the extent possible, used to satisfy requirements; additional coursework in the content areas may be required. Remaining disciplinary coursework is combined with a series of five Teacher Education courses (21 credits), at least two of which involve classroom field placements. Students who meet coursework, examination and all other requirements are eligible to progress to the internship year (see Progression to the Internship below).

Elementary-Level Certification

Applicants interested in pursuing elementary certification are required to complete a broad Elementary Planned Program, which prepares them to teach all subjects in grades K-5, and one of four elementary teaching majors, which prepares them to teach a subject area in grades 6-8. The curriculum also includes a series of five Teacher Education courses (21 credits), at least two of which involve classroom field placements.

A major in Special Education is another elementary certification option. Students who major in Special Education complete the full elementary program as well as the coursework and experiences required to add a K-12 endorsement in Learning Disabilities. Admission as a Special Education major requires pre-admission experience with children/youth who have special needs. Students who meet coursework, examination and all other requirements are eligible to progress to the internship year (see below).

Candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Non-Teachable Subjects

Individuals with undergraduate degrees in non-teachable subjects can also pursue initial teacher certification as Post Bachelor’s students, but considerably more disciplinary coursework will be required. These applicants may consider earning a second bachelor’s degree in the process of meeting certification requirements.

Progression to the Internship

After completing all required coursework and passing the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) subject test, candidates complete a full-time teaching internship that lasts a full school year. Concurrent with the internship, interns take 12 credits of graduate-level coursework, some of which can later be applied to selected graduate programs (with faculty approval). To be eligible for the internship, candidates must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 as well as a GPA of at least 2.5 in the teaching major, teaching minor and required professional education courses (with no individual grade in a required TE/CEP course below 2.0). Elementary candidates must have grades of at least 2.0 in all courses on the Elementary Planned Program, and secondary world language majors must meet oral proficiency standards in their language. Finally, all students must demonstrate proficiency with technology and satisfy the College of Education’s professional standards.