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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Feb 21, 2019
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Graduate Teacher Certification

Candidates who already possess an approved baccalaureate degree may consider certification at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Because of the need for careful assessment in choosing the appropriate program, students should first contact the Student Information and Services Center to request background materials and register to attend one of the regularly scheduled information meetings. Candidates considering the graduate program must be able to undertake full-time study for approximately one calendar year. This program is offered partially online or fully online. See program advisor for program details.

Minimum admission requirements for the graduate certification program include:

  1. Applicants must submit an official copy of their passing SAT scores (administered March 2, 2016 or later) or alternative passing scores.
  2. Completion of the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution at least one year prior to application with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the final 60 semester credits.
  3. Possession of completion of a teachable major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Secondary candidates must also possess or complete a teachable minor before final certification.
  4. Successful completion of Michigan Subject Area Test in teachable major.
  5. Documentation of 25 hours age-appropriate experience with children or youth.
  6. Signed statement regarding criminal activity.
  7. Completion of EDT 619 Curricular Integration of Ed Technology (for elementary candidates only).
  8. Admission to graduate studies.
  9. Completion of application materials for graduate teacher certification program.
  10. Elementary candidates must complete PED 265 Teaching Health in Elementary Schools and PED 266 Move-Dance-Learn! PE and Dance for Elementary Education.

Note: Students seeking a major in world languages must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) prior to their student teaching semester.

Exit Requirements

Candidates will be eligible for Michigan Standard Teaching Certification after completion of the following:

  1. Grades of B- or better in all GTC courses and positive recommendations in professional field courses.
  2. G.P.A. of 3.0 in the major, minor and professional requirements.
  3. Passing scores on the Michigan Subject Area Tests (MTTC). Elementary candidates must pass the Elementary Test; if they also pass subject area tests in their approved major, these will also be added to their certificate. Secondary candidates must pass subject area tests in their major and minor.
  4. Completion of CPR (adult/child) instruction and first aid (standard or basic).
  5. Updated criminal background information if any changes since original application for admission to the College of Education, contact the GTC coordinator to confirm the change(s) are on file in the Student Information and Services Center.