Admissions Requirements

Academic Policies

Due to stringent requirements set by the State of Michigan Department of Education, students pursuing initial certification, first or second renewal of their provisional certification, additional endorsement, school counseling license, professional or administrator certification are now being held to a higher standard. Students who have certain misdemeanors, multiple misdemeanors or a felony may be denied and/or not recommended for any level of certification by GVSU College of Education and/or State of Michigan. If a student is recommended to the Michigan Department of Education for provisional certification, additional endorsement, school counseling license, professional or administrator certification, the conviction could have an adverse effect on being granted a certificate. If a certificate is granted, there is no guarantee of employability. The COE is a secondary admissions unit. Admission requirements are those that appear in the catalog at the time of unit application. Unless otherwise noted, all requirements must be complete at the time of COE application.

In keeping with National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) guidelines and unit policies, Undergraduate Teacher Education considers students who fulfill the criteria listed below. The information is also summarized in the YouTube video on this page.

1. Academic Achievement

a. An established 2.7 Grand Valley GPA overall and in the teaching major, minor, and Education major/professional program. Currently, these content area majors require a 3.0 GPA: Art Education, Language Arts, English (major and minor). Starting Fall 2015 a 3.0 GPA will be required for elementary and secondary Social Studies majors, and secondary History majors and minors. Consult the catalog. The minimum Grand Valley GPA must be established by the time of application.

  1. Most general education requirements completed
  2. Sufficient progress in the content area major as determined by the content area major advisor
  3. Sufficient progress in the minor as determined by the content area major advisor. For Elementary Education, completion of ENG 308, MTH 221 and MTH 222, or MTH 223 required.
  4. At least one meeting completed with assigned College of Education Advisor
  5. All remaining requirements met

b. Secondary Review Process: An established 2.699 - 2.50 Grand Valley GPA overall and in the content area major, minor and Education major/professional program. Currently, these content area majors require an established 2.999-2.7 GPA for secondary review: Art Education, Language Arts, English (major and minor). Starting Fall 2015 a 3.0 GPA will be required for elementary and secondary Social Studies majors, and secondary History majors and minors.

  1. Most general education requirements completed
  2. Most requirements in the content area major completed as determined by content area major advisor
  3. For Elementary Education, completion of ENG 308, MTH 221 and MTH 222, or MTH 223 required.
  4. Subject area and certification tests taken and passed during the semester application is submitted. (e.g. Sept. applicants take the October or November test; Feb. applicants take the January or April tests).
    • Secondary candidates take the teaching major and minor tests.
    • Elementary candidates take the elementary test and teaching major test. Special Education candidates take the elementary test only.
  5. Two meetings completed with assigned Education Advisor, including a signed Secondary Review Process form submitted with application.
  6. All remaining application requirements met.

2. Michigan Professional Readiness Test

A passing score in each of the three areas of reading, mathematics, and writing as established by the Michigan Department of Education. Students may take the test during the semester of application. Click here for more details on the PRE as well as practice materials, resources, and alternative scoring options using ACT and MME scores for the PRE.

3. Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses may be in progress during the semester of application, but preference will be given to candidates who have completed the requirements at the time of application. A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better must be established in these courses, with no grade lower than C and none of these courses recorded as credit or no credit.

  1. EDF 315 Diverse Perspectives on Education
  2. EDI 337 Introduction to Learning and Assessment (elementary and secondary general education students only)
  3. PSY 301 Child Development (elementary and secondary general education students only)
  4. EDS 378 Universal Design for Learning: Elementary or EDS 379 Universal Design for Learning: Secondary (elementary and secondary general education students only. Offered as a Flex Course that can be taken before OR after admission to the College of Education. It must be taken before Student Teaching.)

Additional required prerequisites for elementary and special education candidates:

  1. ENG 308 Teaching Reading: The Necessary Skills
  2. MTH 221 and 222, or 223 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II or III

4. Advisor Recommendations

One from the content area major advisor/department (Elementary and Secondary General Education only) and another from a College of Education advisor.

5. Positive Recommendation

One from an individual who can address the candidate's ability as a prospective teacher.

6. Experience

Documentation of 25 hours of experience with children or youth. The experience must be with the age group for which the applicant intends to seek certification. This would rule out, for example, working in the university tutoring center. Special education candidates should have experience working with persons with disabilities, e.g., camp experience, Special Olympics, respite care. For additional options, contact the Community Service Learning Center.

7. Academic Progress

Completion of at least 60 semester credits and junior status.

8. University Requirements

Completion of university course requirements or test equivalents in Writing 150 and Mathematics 110.

9. Felony Conviction Statement

Review procedures for those who have been convicted or pled no contest to a felony or certain misdemeanors are available from the College of Education. Conviction or a plea of no contest may cause the candidate to be denied for admission, field placement, or final certification. *Review Academic Policy above.

10. Copies (two) of MyPath and current course listings of classes being taken at another college or university.

11. Two copies of current resume on plain white paper.

PLEASE NOTE: All admissions decisions will be rendered by the Dean of the College of Education based on faculty recommendations.

Occasionally, an outstanding candidate who does not meet GPA requirements may be considered for Secondary Review admission based on other rigorous performance standards.