CLAS Academic Advising Center

Secondary Education

Secondary Teaching Certificate holders are qualified to teach grades 6 thru 12 in two content subject areas. For initial certification, Grand Valley normally requires students to have a minimum of a teachable major and a teachable minor for secondary education.

The following teachable majors and minors are offered within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and therefore are majors and minors covered in the CLAS Academic Advising Center:

Liberal Arts-Related Teachable Majors: Liberal Arts-Related Teachable Minors:
Science-Related Teachable Majors: Science-Related Teachable Minors:

In addition to a teachable major and a teachable minor, students must also complete three pre-requisite courses: EDF 315, EDI 337, and PSY 301 before they can apply to the College of Education. See more information here. Normally, students complete the majority of their degree, major, minor and pre-requisite courses before they apply to the College of Education. Once admitted into the College of Education, students complete one semester of student assisting and one semester of student teaching. A sequence of course requirements leading to certification can be found here. Most students wait until they complete their final semester of student teaching before they graduate with their Bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to receive a Michigan teaching certificate must take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in their major, minor, and endorsement(s), if applicable.

The advisors in the CLAS Academic Advising Center can help you understand the requirements for the teachable majors and minors offered in CLAS, admission to the College of Education, and teacher's certification, as well as assist you in building an academic plan. Please call us at 616 331-8585 or stop by our office in C-1-140 Mackinac (MAK) Hall to schedule an appointment.

For a complete list of teachable majors and minors for secondary education and to obtain more information about the admission criteria for the undergraduate certification program, go to Grand Valley’s “College of Education” webpage accessed from Grand Valley’s home page at

Page last modified October 14, 2013