Admission Application for MSU Students
The application for admission to the MSU Teacher Preparation Program is now OPEN!
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 Results Required for Admission
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requires that all teacher preparation programs in Michigan be accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP requires that students admitted to teacher preparation programs take a standardized test. Because Michigan high school students take the SAT, MSU has chosen the current SAT (taken March 5, 2016 or later) as the standardized test required for admission.
Recent legislation has given us greater flexibility in interpreting test scores within the context of admission decisions. In the past, MDE required that applicants meet SAT "college and career readiness" standards in reading, writing and mathematics (see below). Although applicants are still required to take the current version of the SAT, reaching those scores is no longer required for admission. Further, we are committed to opening the teaching profession to students of all backgrounds. Therefore, SAT scores will not be a barrier to admission, but will be used to determine what (if any) support you may need to be successful in the teacher preparation program and teaching profession.
SAT College and Career Readiness Standards:
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480 (or higher)
- Mathematics: 530 (or higher)
Applicants must take the entire SAT and have the results sent to MSU. Taking only portions of the SAT or failing to have results sent to MSU will make it impossible for us to use the results for admission to the teacher preparation program.
Alternative Test Results Acceptable for Admission
The Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills Test (BST) and Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) are no longer available. However, passing results on those tests will be acceptable indefinitely (forever). In some cases, ACT results from tests taken before 9/23/17 may also be acceptable. If you have questions about using results from the BST, PRE or ACT, please contact a teacher prepartion advisor in the College of Education. To schedule an appointment, MSU students should use the online scheduling system. Non-MSU students should call 517 353 9680.
If you have not taken the SAT, you will find free test preparation information and materials on the College Board's SAT website. Tutoring and test preparation support is also available in the Student Advising Office. To access that service, please follow these steps.
- Go to the College Board's 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 results, 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 (in Fall 2018) for Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program in 2019
- For admission to the teacher preparation program in 2019, the last opportunity to take 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 and have official results sent to MSU. Failing to do either will make it impossible for us to use the results for admission to the teacher preparation program.
- Applicants who are registered to take the SAT, but have not yet taken it, may apply; however, they cannot be admitted until official results have been received.
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 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 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.
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