An individualized program for adding a new level endorsement must have prior approval from a teacher certification advisor and be on file in 134 Erickson Hall.
Adding a Secondary Level Endorsement to an Elementary Certificate
Teachers who wish to add a secondary level endorsement to an elementary certificate through MSU must complete a planned program that meets Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requirements for secondary certification. Requirements include the following:
- An endorsement plan that includes a minimum of 20 semester credits taken after initial certification
- A teaching major approved for secondary certification; MDE standards require a minimum of 30 semester credits for a major; credits used to upgrade a minor to a major can be applied toward the 20 credit requirement
- A technology course or demonstrated proficiency
- Subject-specific methods/pedagogy and field work appropriate for the secondary teaching major
- Three semester credits of coursework addressing reading in the (secondary) content area (at MSU, the approved course is TE 843)
- Six semester hours of directed teaching (TE 894) at the secondary level (or meet the guidelines for a waiver; see below)
- A passing score on the relevant Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)
- Application to add the new endorsement to the existing certificate
Guidelines for Waiving the Directed Teaching (Student Teaching) Requirement
At MSU, the guidelines that apply to initial certification are also applied to teachers adding new level endorsements. According to the State of Michigan “Teacher Certification Code” (R 390.1124 3), the guidelines are as follows:
- For an applicant who has a master’s (or higher) degree and three years of successful teaching experience at the appropriate level, together with a recommendation from the school superintendent and the institution recommending the certificate, the complete six semester hour requirement may be waived.
- For an applicant who has less than a master’s degree but has five years of successful teaching experience at the appropriate level, together with a recommendation from the school superintendent and the institution recommending the certificate, the complete six semester hour requirement may be waived.
- Relevant teaching experience in grades 6-8 (or above) may potentially count toward adding a secondary-level endorsement to an elementary certificate.
- The school district superintendent (or designee) must verify, in writing, the grade levels taught and that the teaching experience was successful; he or she must request a waiver on behalf of the teacher.
- To be recommended for certification by MSU, an applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a GPA of at least 2.5 in the coursework required for the new endorsement, with no single grade lower than 2.0. Teachers with Graduate Certification (GC) status are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to receive Financial Aid.