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Admission to the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

Please read all instructions carefully and complete all questions on the online application.

Who Is Eligible to Apply

Michigan State University Chinese Teacher Certification Program (CTCP) will not admit new students via the Beijing Channel Consulting TSC Program for 2019/2020 academic year. Please check back later for updates.

The Application Period

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due by January 31, 2019. Only complete applications received by that date can be considered. Paper application materials (in addition to the online portion of the application) must be mailed to 620 Farm Lane Room 253, East Lansing, MI 48824 or faxed to 517.432.4797 (attention "Chinese Program"). Admission decisions will be communicated to applicants by email. Questions should be directed to 517.355.3801.

The Admission Application

Applicants are required to:
  • Complete the online application for admission to the Chinese Experimental Teacher Certification program.
  • Submit an essay in response to the essay question (an essay question will be e-mailed to the applicant after the application has been received).
  • Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended showing an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher (official transcripts must be received in an unopened, sealed envelope sent directly from the issuing institution). Transcripts from foreign universities must be submitted in sets of two, containing both English and the foreign language. Official graduate certificates from foreign universities are also required in both languages. Admission will be considered on an individual basis when candidates have baccalaureate degrees from foreign universities and cumulative GPAs between 2.50 and 2.75.
  • Transcripts must be verified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). These are required by the university and must be received as official directly from the CDGDC. Here is the information for the CDGDC:
    • China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center
    • Verification Division
    • B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
    • No.1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R.China
    • Tel: 86-10-82379480
    • Fax: 86-10-82378718
    • Email:
  • Submit three letters of recommendation that attest to the candidate's potential as a teacher of Chinese.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Native speakers of Mandarin will demonstrate oral proficiency through a panel review. Non-native and heritage speakers of Mandarin are required to score in the "Intermediate-High" range on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). For information about arranging to take the ACTFL OPI in Mandarin, please contact the Center for the Support of Language Teaching (CeLTA).
  • Demonstrate oral proficiency in English. For native speakers of English, proficiency will be established through a panel review. Non-native speakers of English will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Native speakers of English with degrees from U.S. institutions are exempt from this test requirement for the CTCP program. The MATC program also requires TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English. Requirements:
    • TOEFL: iBT. An average score of 80 or above with no sub-score below 19 and a score of 22 or above on the writing component is required. Test scores from up to 24 months prior to admission can be submitted. Only the iBT will be accepted (TOEFL scores must be sent ELECTRONICALLY to the office of admissions using code 1465).
    • or
    • IELTS: Minimum average score of 6.5. No subscore below 6.0. Test scores from up to 24 months prior to admission can be submitted.
  • The MDE requires documentation of teacher certification candidates having basic knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics. This can be demonstrated through the SAT Test (administered March 5, 2016 or later). For admission, submit official scores for your SAT Test: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.
    • Applicants should request that scores be sent to MSU when they register for the test (
    • Official scores are required and must be sent directly from the testing company to MSU.
    • Acceptable scores 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 certification program.

    Application Checklist

    • Application
    • Essay (will be sent via e-mail once the application is received)
    • Official Transcripts (transcripts and graduation certificate or diploma) (2 official copies are required if submitting foreign transcripts)
    • Transcript Evaluation (WES)
    • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (English proficiency)
    • ACTFL OPI or panel review (Chinese proficiency)
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Official SAT Test scores
    • Conviction Disclosure Form
    • Professional Resume