Enrolling in a Graduate Certificate program allows you to take 3 graduate certificate courses as a stand-alone credential.
It is also possible to get a Graduate Certificate in the process of completing the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) degree. If you are planning to use these courses toward the MAET degree, we encourage you to apply directly to the MAET program.
Educational Technology Certificate Programs Application Process
Verify Your Eligibility
Non-Michigan Residents: State Authorization for Online Programs
Michigan State University is obligated to comply with state authorization laws regarding distance education. Because of these laws, residents of some US states are not eligible to apply to online programs at MSU. For a full review of state-by-state authorization laws, please review this summary document before you apply to an online program at MSU.
Consider the Financials
Graduate Certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid. If you are considering applying to one of our GC programs, you will need to pay out of pocket or find your own funding for the courses. If you have questions about this, please reach out to our GC academic advisor.
To apply to any of our Graduate Certificate programs, you must meet the following minimum standards:
Undergraduate degree (e.g., B.A., or B.S.) from an accredited institution
Minimum TOEFL score of 80 if you are a first-language speaker of a language other than English (See Important Information For Bilingual and Multilingual Applicants below)
When Should I Apply?
We admit students to Graduate Certificate Programs on a rolling basis. You are welcome to submit your application at any time. We review applications weekly, but it takes approximately one month to fully process applications to our Graduate Certificate Programs.
The courses in the Educational Technology Graduate Certificate program run on an accelerated schedule (two 8-week courses per semester). This could allow you to start at approximately the half-way point in any semester.
|Your Desired Start||GC Program||All Materials Due|
|Fall||Ed Tech, Online T&L, K-12 CSE||July 20|
|Mid-Fall||Educational Technology only||September 20|
|Spring||Ed Tech, Online T&L, K-12 CSE||December 1|
|Mid-Spring||Ed Tech only||February 1|
|Summer||Ed Tech, Online T&L, K-12 CSE||April 1|
|Mid-Summer||Ed Tech only||June 1|
Two Different Application Processes
Depending on your affiliation with Michigan State University the application process varies.
A) Already in a degree program at MSU?
Individuals currently enrolled in a graduate degree granting program at Michigan State University who wish to take Graduate Certificate courses should consult with their academic advisor before applying to our Graduate Certificate programs. Degree candidates can opt to apply earned Graduate Certificate courses toward the requirements for their degree. However, your advisor can help you determine special considerations (e.g., number of shared credits that you’re using toward your degree) that apply to your individual program plan.
Information about your eligibility can also be found in the Second, Dual or Joint Degree Section of the University Academic Programs Catalogue.
For admission to the Graduate Certificates programs, all MSU degree candidates must complete the Intent to Enroll form for your program of choice.
- Educational Technology GC: Program #6736
- Online Teaching and Learning GC: Program #6762
- K-12 Computer Science Education GC: Program #6787
B) New applicant to Michigan State University?
Step 1: Complete the University Application.
- Choose Graduate Certificate.
- Complete the application by entering all information requested.
- Indicate your major code:
- Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology: Program #6736
- Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning: Program #6762
- Graduate Certificate in K-12 Computer Science Education: Program #6787
Step 2: Pay the $65 fee for domestic applicants or $75 fee for international applicants.
Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts.
Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree at Michigan State University do not need to submit official MSU transcripts. We can pull those on your behalf.
For applicants who have attended institutions in the USA, transcripts can arrive in either of the following ways:
(1) As an e-mail from the institution’s Registrar’s Office. E-transcripts should be emailed to email@example.com.
(2) In a sealed envelope mailed directly from your institution to:
MAET & Graduate Certificate Program Assistant
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane; Room 513
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
For applicants who attended institutions outside the USA, transcripts must be mailed directly to the MAET Program Assistant at the address above in an envelop that is officially stamped and sealed by the University Registrar’s Office. E-transcripts can not be accepted from international institutions.
What Happens Next?
You will receive an e-mail from the Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) thanking you for submitting your application. The e-mail will reference the Graduate Education Student Portal as a way to submit additional material for your application.
As an applicant to a Graduate Certificate Program, you will not need to upload any supporting materials, but you are free to visit the portal if you wish.
Important Information For Bilingual and Multilingual Applicants
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to submit proof of English language Proficiency before their application can be processed. A common method is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test must have been taken within two years of the application. On the Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT), the university requires a minimum score of 80 with no subscore below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking and no writing subscore below 22. No international candidates will be considered for admission review until they have taken the TOEFL test and achieved these required scores or higher. Results should be sent electronically directly from ETS. Michigan State’s school code is 1465.
If the student has completed a degree program in an English speaking country, they can request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement. Once the program admissions committee is convinced of the student’s English language skills based on past program completion and other evidence, it will ask the university to waive the requirement. This waiver is usually granted, but the university may require the student to take the English proficiency test upon arrival at MSU.
Special Instructions for Transcripts from Chinese Institutions
All applicants pursuing or who have earned degrees from universities in China submit not only transcripts and graduation certificates from China, but must also obtain verification of these documents from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).
CDGDC operates underneath the Ministry of Education for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of transcripts and degrees granted at the post-secondary level.
The process is straightforward:
- Applicants send copies of their official documents to the CDGDC along with payment (approximately $40 U.S.).
- Applicants must request that the original transcript accompany the CDGDC verified documents when sent to MSU.
- CDGDC verifies grades and degrees (depending on what is requested) by accessing national and provincial databases and contacting universities directly.
- CDGDC then sends the report and verified documents, via courier service, directly to Michigan State University. The report is in English and provides a statement noting what degree was conferred and whether the university and program is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
If you need more information about CDGDC please refer to the China Degree website.