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Adding a New Level (Elementary or Secondary) Endorsement to an Existing Certificate

An individualized program for adding a new level endorsement must have prior approval from a teacher certification advisor and be on file in 134 Erickson Hall.

Adding a Secondary Level Endorsement to an Elementary Certificate

Teachers who wish to add a secondary level endorsement to an elementary certificate through MSU must complete a planned program that meets Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requirements for secondary certification. Requirements include the following:
  • An endorsement plan that includes a minimum of 20 semester credits taken after initial certification
  • A teaching major approved for secondary certification; MDE standards require a minimum of 30 semester credits for a major; credits used to upgrade a minor to a major can be applied toward the 20 credit requirement
  • A technology course or demonstrated proficiency
  • A subject-specific methods/pedagogy course appropriate for the secondary teaching major
  • Three semester credits of coursework addressing reading in the (secondary) content area (at MSU, the approved course is TE 843)
  • Six semester hours of directed teaching (TE 894) at the secondary level (or meet the guidelines for a waiver; see below)
  • A passing score on the relevant Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Adding a General Elementary Level Endorsement to a Secondary Certificate

Teachers who wish to add a general elementary level endorsement to their secondary certificate through MSU must complete a planned program that meets MDE requirements for elementary certification. Requirements include the following:
  • An endorsement plan that includes a minimum of 20 semester credits taken after initial certification
  • A teaching major approved for elementary certification; MDE standards require a minimum of 30 semester credits for a major (most elementary majors are group majors that require at least 36 credits)
  • Completion of the Elementary Planned Program, which at MSU includes Math 201 and Math 202 (students taking math courses through MSU must meet all stated prerequisites through course credit or a qualifying score on the MSU math placement examination; for more information regarding math placement scores, contact a Mathematics Advisor or a teacher certification advisor in 134 Erickson)  
  • A technology course or demonstrated proficiency
  • Methods/pedagogy courses appropriate for the core elementary teaching areas; secondary teachers who are already certified in a core elementary subject area (e.g., Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, English/Language Arts) are not required to take the methods course in their area of certification
  • Six semester credits of reading coursework appropriate for elementary certification
  • Six semester credits of directed teaching (TE 894) at the elementary level (or meet the guidelines for a waiver; see below).
  • A passing score on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in Elementary Education

Guidelines for Waiving the Directed Teaching (Student Teaching) Requirement

At MSU, the guidelines that apply to initial certification are also applied to teachers adding new level endorsements. According to the State of Michigan "Teacher Certification Code" (R 390.1124 3), the guidelines are as follows:
  1. For an applicant who has a master's (or higher) degree and three years of successful teaching experience at the appropriate level, together with a recommendation from the school superintendent and the institution recommending the certificate, the complete six semester hour requirement may be waived.
  2. For an applicant who has less than a master's degree but has five years of successful teaching experience at the appropriate level, together with a recommendation from the school superintendent and the institution recommending the certificate, the complete six semester hour requirement may be waived.

Notes:

  • Teaching experience in grades 6- 8 can count toward either elementary or secondary certification.
  • The school district superintendent (or designee) must verify, in writing, the grade levels taught and that the teaching experience was successful; he or she must request a waiver on behalf of the teacher.
  • To be recommended for certification by MSU, an applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a GPA of at least 2.5 in the coursework required for the new endorsement, with no single grade lower than 2.0. Teachers with Graduate Certification (GC) status are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to receive Financial Aid.