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GTC Admission Requirements

Prior to applying, all post-baccalaureate students should attend a program information session. There you will receive materials to help you obtain official advising, apply for university and program admission, and register for state testing. Contact the College of Education's Student Information and Services Center at (616) 331-6650 or to register for one of these regularly scheduled information meetings.

  1. Completion of the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution at least one year prior to application with a 3.0 GPA or higher for the final 60 semester credits.
  2. A 3.0 GPA in the teachable subject major/minor.
  3. A completed Masters of Education graduate application submitted to the GVSU Admissions Office by January 15.
  4. A separate GTC application packet is also needed and is available at  GTC Information Sessions.
  5. Evidence of 25 hours of paid or volunteer work with children within the age group you wish to teach (due November 1 unless given permission for extension).
  6. Passing scores on the Michigan Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) and Subject Major tests. 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.
  7. Completion of Curricular Integration of Ed. Technology, EDT 619 - for elementary candidates only.
  8. Resume (due November 1).
  9. A personal essay (due November 1).
  10. A personal interview with the program advisor.
  11. Signed statement regarding criminal activity.
  12. Elementary candidates must complete PED 265 Teaching Health in Elementary Schools and PED 266 Move-Learn! PE and Dance for Elementary Education.

NOTE: Students seeking a major in World Languages must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) prior to their student teaching semester.

Online Application for Graduate School

Once you have completed the requirements for your undergraduate major and minor (secondary only) or have registered for your undergraduate courses, you should apply for graduate school. This can be accomplished in November, or as late as January of the year you are intending to enter the GTC program.

If you are relying on undergraduate FASFA, changing your status to graduate does create issues for your financial aid. If you have concerns about this, please contact Jo Preston, Associate Director before finalizing your graduate application.

The application can be found on the GVSU web site by going to You will also need 3 recommendations: each recommendation requires your reference to complete an online recommendation form. The online application will have a section for Recommendations where MED students will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three recommenders. If you have submitted recommendations to us previously, your references will be able to indicate that on the application as well.

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Planned Programs for Teachable Majors/Minors

Click here to view the GTC Planned Programs provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Academic Advising Center.

  • On the GTC Planned Programs page, scroll down to find all of the teachable major/minor planned programs links that correlate with the GTC program.
  • Click on the desired link to find the required courses for the teachable majors and minors.