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Admission Application for MSU Students

Instructions

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

Eligibility

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 2019; (3) will have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of Fall Semester 2019; (4) have demonstrated (or will demonstrate during the 2019 Fall Semester) basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics on the SAT-with-Essay (taken March 5, 2016 or later); and (5) wish to be considered for admission to the teacher preparation program during Spring Semester 2020.

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.

Standardized Test Requirement 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-with-Essay (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. Although applicants are still required to take the current version of the SAT-with-Essay, reaching those scores is no longer required by MDE for admission to teacher preparation. 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 students may need to be successful in the teacher preparation program and teaching profession.

Applicants must take the entire SAT-with-Essay and have the results sent to MSU. Taking only portions of the SAT-with-Essay 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.

Using Your Scores to Apply (in Fall 2019) for Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program in 2020

  • For admission to the teacher preparation program in 2020, the last opportunity to take the SAT-with-Essay will be the December 2019 test date. There can be no exceptions to this deadline, so students should plan carefully.
  • Applicants must take the entire SAT-with-Essay 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-with-Essay, but have not yet taken it, may apply; however, they cannot be admitted until official results have been received.

Online Application

The undergraduate application is open only during the fall semester. This year, the application will open September 3, 2019. Please note that for some applicants, additional paper materials may be required (see below).

The timed and proctored essay is no longer required.

Acceleration Grids

Applicants who have earned 56 or more credits (junior standing) before the beginning of Fall Semester 2019 and who plan to graduate and meet all internship requirements by Spring or Summer 2021, 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 13, 2019. 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 13 deadline, or who are not fully admissible to the teacher preparation program on January 2, 2020 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 13, 2019:

  • A complete online application
  • Official scores on the SAT-with-Essay (taken 3/5/16 or later) 
  • 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 2020:  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, 2020 or who did not submit the supplemental application and required transcripts before the December 13 deadline cannot be considered for admission to the elementary mathematics teaching major.

Deadlines

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 13, 2019. 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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