GTC FAQ's

GTC & Post-Baccalaureate Options for Teacher Certification

The College of Education receives numerous inquiries from post-baccalaureate students who wish to earn teacher certification. Those able to pursue this goal often become our strongest teaching candidates. Post-baccalaureate programs are available at the graduate level in elementary and secondary general education and at the undergraduate level in elementary and secondary general education and elementary special education.

Both programs feature selective admission and require completion of all requirements listed below. However, programs differ in their suitability for individual candidates based on previous academic achievement, prior completion of requirements, life experience, and scheduling flexibility.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification Questions

Question: If I hold a bachelor's degree, how long does it take to complete certification?
Answer: Length of time varies from one year to three years of full-time study, depending on prior coursework.

Question: Are classes offered part-time? Evenings? Off-campus?
Answer:
Students following the undergraduate program may attend part-time or full-time on the Allendale campus; evening classes and off-campus offerings are also available, depending on choice of subject area. The graduate program at the Pew Campus (located downtown Grand Rapids) typically requires full-time study with a cohort group for one year. Field courses for both programs, require two semesters of daytime participation.

Question: How can I estimate whether I have already fulfilled some course requirements?
Answer:
Review the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) online advising website for information about fulfilling course requirements.

Question: How can I obtain more information?
Answer:
Register to attend one of the information meetings conducted specifically for post-baccalaureate candidates. At the required information session, you will receive materials to help you obtain official advising, apply for university and program admission, and register for state testing.

To register for one of the regularly scheduled information meetings, contact:

The College of Education
Student Information and Services Center
Phone: (616) 331-6650 or
coeserve@gvsu.edu

Michigan Certification Requirements

Candidates are eligible for Michigan Provisional Certification after they successfully complete program requirements and pass state mandated endorsement area tests. Click for selection of teachable majors and minors:

Elementary Teachable Majors and Minors
Secondary Teachable Majors and Minors

Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) Certification Requirements
Graduate level certification is available for candidates who:

  • Received a baccalaureate degree at least one year prior to application
  • Already hold a teachable major
  • Earned at least a 3.0 grade point average in the major and in the final 60 credits of the degree
  • Earned passing scores on the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) and the Michigan Subject Area Test in the teachable major. Click here for more details on the PRE as well as practice materials and resources. Click here for alternative scoring options using ACT and MME scores for the PRE recently adopted by the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Fulfill other requirements outlined in College of Education material

Undergraduate Teacher Certification Entrance Requirements
Candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue certification at the undergraduate level typically follow these steps:

  • Apply for Grand Valley undergraduate admission
  • Secure a teachable major (and minor for secondary)
  • Maintain at least a 2.7 GVSU grade point average (3.0 for English/Language Arts and Visual Arts)
  • Complete COE prerequisite courses
  • Pass the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE). Click here for more details on the PRE as well as practice materials and resources. Click here for alternative scoring options using ACT and MME scores for the PRE recently adopted by the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Apply and are accepted into the COE professional program