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Non-Traditional Post-Bachelor's Routes to Initial Certification

The College of Education offers non-traditional routes to teacher certification for individuals with specific backgrounds, including those who are fluent speakers of Chinese and those who have backgrounds in science and intend to teach in urban schools. These specialized post-baccalaureate programs are designed to meet particular needs in the teaching workforce and include unique admission and course requirements. Other individuals wishing to earn initial certification after earning a bachelor’s degree may apply for the more traditional Post-Bachelor’s Program at MSU.

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam (or Basic Skills Test)

For students in MSU's traditional teacher preparation program, passing all three subtests of the MTTC Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) is an admission requirement. Students in some non-traditional programs may take the exam after admission; however, all three subests must be passed before the teaching internship and certification. MSU must receive official notification from the testing company that all three parts (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) of the PRE or the Basic Skills test have been passed. Taking the PRE requires separate registration and fee payment. Please visit the MTTC website for information about test preparation and registration. Students should request that official results be sent to MSU when they register to take the test (MSU's Institution Code is 18). Students who do not use MSU's Institution Code at the time of registration, will need to request that an official report be sent to MSU at a later date (at an added cost to the student). This will delay admission. Both the paper-based test (PBT) and the computer-based test (CBT) are acceptable (but the paper-based version is less expensive).

The Professional Readiness Exam is a challenging test, and we strongly encourage applicants to prepare before taking it. Study materials, including full-length practice tests, are available on the MTTC website. Commercially-available study materials are available in the MSU Main Library at the Reserve Desk, in the MSU Learning Resource Center (Bessey Hall) and in all of the neighborhood engagement centers. These and other study materials for the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) are also available for purchase online. If one or more of subtests are failed, only the subtest(s) failed must be retaken. Consult the MTTC website for more information.

Chinese Experimental Teacher Certification Program

The Chinese Experimental Teacher Certification Program prepares fluent speakers of Chinese Mandarin to be certified as K-12 teachers of Chinese language and culture in the United States. The two-year program, offered in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at MSU, leads to initial teacher certification. Under specific circumstances, it may also be possible for certified Michigan teachers who are fluent speakers of Chinese Mandarin to add an endorsement in that language.

Woodrow Wilson teaching fellowships

For prospective science teachers in urban settings
Michigan State University recruits teacher candidates and prepares them to teach science in Michigan’s urban schools through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship. The non-traditional teacher certification program is for recent college graduates and career-changers who have academic preparation or experience in science fields. Fellows complete a year-long residency in Detroit or Grand Rapids schools and must commit to teach in an urban school district for three years.

SETS-UP (Supporting Early-Career Teachers of Science Through Urban Partnerships) Fellowship Program

SETS-UP is a five-year fellowship program that leads to certification as a secondary science teacher and a master's degree. Funded by the Noyce Foundation and the National Science Foundation, SETS-UP prepares individuals with backgrounds in the sciences for careers as middle- and high-school science teachers in urban classrooms throughout Michigan. Fellows complete a year-long residency in a high-need secondary school and receive professional support across their first four years of teaching.