Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC)

Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) Program

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The GTC program is designed as an intensive, one year, full time teacher training program for adults who have already completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and who have or are willing to acquire a "teachable" major (and possibly a teachable minor) prior to joining the program, and who also meet additional entrance requirements.

If you would like more information about requirements for and admissions to the GTC program, click here and plan on attending a GTC information session offered by the College of Education.

If you have not completed the coursework required for your chosen teachable major and/or minor, please do the following in the order listed:

1. Attend a GTC information session
2. Chose a teachable major and minor 3. Apply for admission to Grand Valley as a degree-seeking undergraduate

Once you have complete all three steps, if you have chosen a major or minor offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), please contact the CLAS Academic Advising Center, C-1-140 MAK, 616 331-8585 for assistance in developing a planned program of study. To help determine your remaining course requirements, and to compare available majors/minors, please refer to your GVSU degree evaluation available in Banner once you have been accepted at GVSU and the relevant plan(s) listed below.

Program Plans for Teachable Majors and Minors in the GTC Program

Elementary Level Teachable Majors Secondary Level Teachable Majors Secondary Level Teachable Minors
Integrated Science
Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Elementary Level Minor
The elementary minor is included in the elementary teaching coursework. Biology
Chemistry
Earth/Space Science
English
French
German
History
Latin
Mathematics
Music (K-12) Physical Education (K-12)
Physics
Social Studies
Spanish
Visual Arts (K-12) Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science *
Earth/Space Science
Economics
English
French
Geography
German
Health Education
History
Mathematics
Physical Education
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Spanish

* Computer Science is not a minor within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and therefore this web site does not provide a planned program for this minor. Information about the Computer Science minor for secondary education is available from the School of Computing and Information Systems.