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Graduate Teacher Certification Course Sequence

Initial GTC Program Coursework Sequence

Candidates who meet admission requirements are accepted into the program in February and are placed in either an elementary or secondary level cohort group. The cohort groups are a resource for friendship and support throughout the program. The sequence of teacher education courses leading to certification begins spring/summer term. Both groups conclude their studies at the end of April the following year.

All traditional and hybrid courses are taught on the GVSU Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Elementary Certification

36 Credit Hours

Spring/Summer Sessions May - August 

  • EDR 622 Developmental Literacy for Children (3 credits)
  • EDI 631 Teaching Science: K-8 (3 credits)
  • EDI 632 Teaching Creative and Performing Arts (3 credits)
  • EDI 635 Development and Needs of Students (3 credits) online
  • EDI 633 Teaching Social Studies and Diversity (3 credits)

Fall Session August - December

  • EDI 630 Teaching Mathematics: K-8 (3 credits)
  • EDI 638 Facilitating School Environments (3 credits)
  • EDI 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Placement, (20 hours per week, 3 credits) plus weekly cohort group meetings and one seminar
  • EDR 627 Literacy Strategies for Content Areas (3 credits)

Winter Session January - April

  • EDS 652 Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDI 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Experience, (full days, 6 credits) Monday through Friday all day, plus weekly online cohort meetings and one seminar

Secondary Certification

27 Credit Hours

Coursework for Secondary Certification is now an Online Program with exception to fieldwork which can be at any approved location in Michigan!

Spring/Summer Session May - August

  • EDI 635 Development and Needs of Students (3 credits) online
  • EDS 652 Foundations of Special Education (3 credits) online

Fall Session August - December

  • EDI 636 Instruction in Middle and High Schools (3 credits) online
  • EDI 638 Facilitating School Environments (3 credits) online
  • EDI 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Placement, (20 hours per week, 3 credits) plus weekly online cohort meetings and one seminar
  • EDR 623 Development Literacy for Adolescents (3 credits) online

Winter Session January - April

  • EDI 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Placement (6 credits) Monday through Friday all day, plus weekly online cohort meetings and one seminar
  • EDT 627 Technology Integration for Secondary Teachers (3 credits) online (Course may require documentation of standards met)

Pathway to Master's Degree

Upon completion of the Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) program, students may continue coursework toward the master's degree in elementary, secondary, or another approved master's degree program. Interested students should contact College of Education Student Information and Services Center at (616-331-6650) to meet with an advisor.

Master's Degree Requirements for GTC completers