Admission for Post-Bachelor's Teacher Certification Candidates
Applying to the Post-Bachelor's Teacher Certification Program
Applicants must apply separately to (1) Michigan State University and (2) the teacher preparation program in the College of Education at MSU.
(1) Admission to Michigan State University
Post-bachelor’s applicants typically apply to MSU as undergraduate students pursuing a second degree (although degree completion is not necessary for certification). Applicants not previously admitted to MSU as undergraduate students should apply for undergraduate admission as transfer students. Applicants who have already earned undergraduate degrees from MSU should apply for readmission to MSU. Whether applying for admission or readmission, post-bachelor’s applicants should not list Education as their major. This major is available only to traditional undergraduate students in Elementary Education. Instead, a degree major related to the teaching major should be selected (again, it is not necessary to complete the degree for certification purposes). Questions about what to declare as a major should be discussed with a post-bachelor’s advisor in 134 Erickson Hall. Applicants should answer “no” to the question on the application that asks if the credits earned will be applied toward certification (answering “yes” routes the application to our office for review; this step is unnecessary in the case of post-bachelor's applicants). Applicants who apply as second degree undergraduate students will pay the undergraduate tuition rate (see the Tuition, Fees and Housing Calculator for more information).
In some cases, post-bachelor’s applicants apply as Lifelong Education (non-degree) students. These applicants should also answer “no” to the question on the application that asks whether credits will be applied toward certification. Lifelong Education students are assessed at the Lifelong Education tuition rate. There are no additional fees associated with this status, which minimizes cost (note that out-of-state rates still apply and international students still pay an additional fee); however, Lifelong Education students are not eligible for most sources of financial assistance (the Mildred B. Erickson Scholarship is an exception). A post-bachelor’s advisor in 134 Erickson Hall can advise applicants about the most appropriate application and enrollment status.
(2) Admission to the College of Education
Applicants must also apply to the College of Education for admission to the Post-Bachelor’s Teacher Certification Program. Admission criteria include (but are not limited to) GPA (a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required), experiences related to teaching and diversity, a written essay and demonstration of basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing using a test approved by the Michigan Department of Education (see detailed information below).
The application for admission to the teacher preparation program is completed online.
There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Applicants who are not offered admission the first time they apply may submit one additional application within the following 12 months without paying another application fee. The $50 application fee must be paid online using a credit card or checking account.
Choosing Majors/Minors and a Certification Level
Applicants pursuing elementary certification must choose one of four elementary teaching majors. The Special Education and Child Development (Early Childhood Education) majors are "add on" elementary certification options that require completion of the full elementary certification program, including one of the four elementary teaching majors. Applicants pursuing elementary certification can also add elementary minors but they are considered extra and optional.
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.
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.
Applications for admission to the Post-Bachelor’s program 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
The Application Package
A complete application package for admission to the teacher preparation program includes the items listed below. Paper materials (Pre-admission Experience Forms for admission to Special Education, and unofficial copies of transcripts) must be sent to 620 Farm Lane, 134 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824. Official transcripts should be sent to the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships. You must submit the following:
Unofficial copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (sent to 620 Farm Lane,134 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824)
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent directly from the issuing institution to the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships, 426 Auditorium Road, Room 250 Hannah Administration Building, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824.