Admission Application for MSU Students
The admission application for the MSU Teacher Preparation Program is now CLOSED. The application is open each fall and will reopen this year on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Please watch this site for updated information about the Fall 2018 application process, as there may be changes. Thank you!
Information important for successfully completing the application process is found here. Please print this information so you will have ready access to instructions as you proceed. You will be asked to indicate that you have read and printed the instructions before proceeding with the application.
Criteria for admission to the teacher preparation program include (but are not limited to):
- Commitment to teaching and dispositions that support learning to teach
- Disposition to teach students from all backgrounds, including students in poverty; students in urban settings and students with special needs
- Commitment to inclusion, equity and social/educational justice
- Academic accomplishments and promise
The undergraduate application process is intended for MSU undergraduates who (1) are currently enrolled; (2) will have earned at least 28 credits by the end of Fall Semester 2018; (3) will have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of Fall Semester 2018; (4) have demonstrated (or will demonstrate during the 2018 Fall Semester) basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics on the SAT (taken March 5, 2016 or later) or another test approved by the Michigan Department of Education (see detailed information below); and (5) wish to be considered for admission to the teacher preparation program during Spring Semester 2019.
Applicants should understand that meeting minimum requirements makes their complete application eligible for consideration. It does not guarantee admission. Each application receives a thorough and holistic review by several evaluators.
SAT Scores Required for Admission
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.
Acceptable SAT 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 necessary.
The 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).
ACT 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.
If you need to improve your SAT scores, you will find free test preparation information and materials on the College Board SAT website. Tutoring and test preparation support is also available in the Sudent Advising Office. To access that service, please follow these steps.
- Go to the College Board 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 scores, please call the Student Advising Office (517 353 9680) for scheduling information.
- 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
Before students can be admitted to the teacher preparation program, MSU must receive official notification that they have demonstrated basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. Applicants who are registered to take/retake a test, but have not yet taken it, may apply; however, they cannot be admitted until official, passing results have been received.
For students in our current applicant pool, we will apply alternative pass measures automatically (i.e., it is not necessary for applicants to request this). However, we cannot speculate or advise students who are not in our current applicant pool about their scores, as we are unable to predict what MDE policies will be in effect if/when they apply for admission in the future.
SAT Deadline for Admission in 2019
- For admission to the teacher preparation program in 2019, the last opportunity to take and pass the SAT will be the December 2018 test date. There can be no exceptions to this deadline, so students should plan carefully.
- 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.
The undergraduate application is open only during the fall semester. This year, the application will open September 4, 2018. Please note that for some applicants, additional paper materials may be required (see below).
The timed and proctored essay is no longer required.
Applicants who have earned 56 or more credits (junior standing) before the beginning of Fall Semester 2018 and who plan to graduate and meet all internship requirements by Spring or Summer 2020, should complete an Elementary or Secondary Acceleration Grid (see below). Other applicants are not eligible to accelerate. Please complete as much of your Acceleration Grid as possible, and then meet with your major advisor to discuss it. Your major advisor must sign the form. Additional instructions are provided on the Acceleration Grids. You will not be eligible to accelerate your program if you do not submit a signed Acceleration Grid before the deadline.
UECP and GECP Students
Students admitted to UECP and GECP are required to meet all admission requirements. However, they are not required to complete the entire application for admission to the teacher preparation program. In the online application, they are required to complete only the Personal Information and Application pages. They are not required to answer questions about their experiences with children/youth or diversity. Cohort students who are denied admission as sophomores must complete the full application if they decide to reapply the following year. Cohort students applying for the special education major, the elementary mathematics teaching major, and/or to accelerate their programs must submit additional materials (see below).
Applying for the Elementary Mathematics Teaching Major
In addition to meeting minimum requirements for admission to the teacher preparation program, admission to the elementary mathematics teaching major is competitive and requires submission of the Supplemental Application for Admission to the Elementary Mathematics Teaching Major before 5:00 PM on Friday, December 14, 2018 (see link below). Applicants will receive decisions about admission to the teacher preparation program the week before spring break. However, decisions about admission to the mathematics teaching major are made and communicated before the beginning of spring semester so students can adjust their spring semester schedules accordingly. Therefore, applicants who do not submit the supplemental application and required transcripts before the December 14 deadline, or who are not fully admissible to the teacher preparation program on January 2, 2019 cannot be considered for immediate admission to the elementary mathematics teaching major. Please follow the instructions on the supplemental application.
The Application Package
A complete application package includes the following items. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Paper materials must be submitted in a single package to 134 Erickson before 5:00 p.m. on December 14, 2018:
- A complete online application
- Official passing scores on the SAT (taken 3/5/16 or later) or an acceptable alternate measure (see above)
- Acceleration Grid (Elementary) (only for students who already have at least 56 credits)
- Acceleration Grid (Secondary) (only for students who already have at least 56 credits)
- Students applying for admission to the Special Education major must complete a pre-admission experience and submit documentation to 134 Erickson Hall before the end of the first week of Spring Semester 2019: Special Education Pre-Admission Experience
- Students applying for admission to the elementary mathematics teaching major must submit the Supplemental Application for Admission to the Elementary Mathematics Teaching Major. This is the only elementary teaching major that is space-limited and requires a separate admission decision. Applicants who are not fully admissible to the teacher preparation program on January 2, 2019 or who did not submit the supplemental application and required transcripts before the December 14 deadline cannot be considered for admission to the elementary mathematics teaching major.
The application is open during the fall semester of each year. Undergraduates are not admitted at other times of the year. All materials, including acceleration grids, applications for the elementary mathematics teaching major and other documents, are due before 5:00 p.m. on December 14, 2018. Please note that other materials are required during the admission process (e.g., after admission decisions have been communicated, students are required to return a Reply Form before an established deadline). Under extreme circumstances, it is possible that materials may be accepted late. However, when that occurs late fees will be applied.