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Department of Teacher Education

Prospective Transfer Students

Interested in coming to MSU to become a teacher?

It may be one of the best decisions you could ever make. The teacher preparation programs in the Department of Teacher Education are considered some of the best in the nation, and school superintendents from across the country regularly contact us about sending more of our graduates their way. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, we encourage you read the materials that describe our program carefully. For instance, you will need to spend a year after college graduation in an internship in order to complete our Teacher Preparation program, which makes it quite different from those at other colleges and universities. Our teacher certification candidates are granted Michigan teaching certificates upon completion of all University and State of Michigan requirements. Recruiters from school districts throughout the nation and the world seek our graduates, and we regularly sponsor recruitment fairs so that our students can meet potential employers.

Here we provide step-by-step information about the application process for students who have attended or are currently attending another college or university:

The First Step: Applying to MSU

Prospective transfer students interested in earning teacher certification must first submit an online application for undergraduate admission to the MSU Office of Admissions, indicating on the application their intention to earn a teaching certificate. Students interested in becoming elementary teachers should select Education as their major or one of the two Special Education majors offered at the undergraduate level (Learning Disabilities or Deaf Education). Students interested in becoming secondary education teachers should select the major corresponding to the subject they wish to teach (e.g., Mathematics, French, Biology, Music Education, etc.).

When a transfer applicant indicates an intention to pursue teacher certification, the MSU Office of Admissions determines if he or she is eligible for Direct Transfer Admission to the College of Education.

Direct Transfer Admission to the College of Education

Direct Transfer Admission refers to admission to the teacher preparation program in the College of Education concurrent with admission to Michigan State University.

To be eligible for direct admission a student must have:

  • At least 42 transferrable credits at the time of admission
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.1 (including all courses, all attempts, all schools)
  • No remaining remedial math or writing requirements at the time of transfer to MSU (students must have exceeded the Intermediate Algebra level [Math 1825]by course credit or placement score prior to admission)

Traditional MSU Undergraduate Application Option

Students who are not eligible for Direct Transfer Admission may transfer to MSU and then apply to the teacher preparation program through the regular MSU undergraduate application process.

Undergraduates who have transferred to MSU are eligible to apply if they have:

  • Sophomore standing or above
  • An overall GPA at MSU of 2.75 or greater; for students with less than 16 credits earned at MSU, the combined GPA from the transfer institution(s) and MSU must be 2.75 or greater
  • Passing scores on all three parts of the MTTC Basic Skills test, with official scores reported to MSU

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills Test

The MTTC Basic Skills test is required for admission to all state-approved teacher preparation programs in the State of Michigan. Prior to Direct Transfer Admission, MSU must receive official notification that all three parts (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) of the Basic Skills Test have been passed. The Basic Skills Test is administered five times each year: January, April, July, October and November. Additional information about the Basic Skills Test is available at the MTTC website.

The College of Education Supplemental Transfer Application

The MSU Office of Admissions determines eligibility for Direct Transfer Admission and sends eligible students a College of Education Supplemental Transfer Application. Direct admission is competitive and a limited number of spaces are available. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible (i.e., once 30 or more credits have been earned and current enrollment is expected to yield 42 or more credits). To retain their admission status in the College of Education, students selected for direct admission must meet the following requirements at the time of their admission to MSU:

  • Transfer of at least 42 credits
  • Completion of all remedial/developmental coursework (e.g. Intermediate Algebra)
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.1 (including all courses, all attempts, all schools)
  • Passing scores on all three parts (Reading, Writing, Mathematics) of the MTTC Basic Skills Test, with official scores reported to MSU
  • Final transcripts sent to the MSU Office of Admissions

Students applying for admission to Special Education must complete the Special Education Pre-Admission Experience and submit the forms to 134 Erickson Hall by the first week of the Spring Semester.

Completion of the College of Education Online Transfer Application and Essay

Only students who receive the College of Education Supplemental Transfer Application from the MSU Office of Admissions are eligible to complete the online application for transfer students. Completion of the online application includes writing a timed and proctored essay. Information about how to access the online application and the required hardcopy materials is contained within the Supplemental Application. Admission decisions are communicated approximately four-six weeks after submission of all materials. Please contact the Student Affairs Office at (517) 353-9680 with questions.

Please observe the following deadlines for submitting the online application:

  • November 15 if you are applying for Spring Semester
  • March 15 if you are applying for Summer Sessions
  • May 15 if you are applying for Fall Semester

Have more questions?

Check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions from other Transfer Students or contact a College of Education Advisor for more help.