Due to stringent requirements set by the State of Michigan Department of Education, students pursuing initial certification, first or second renewal of their provisional certification, additional endorsement, school counseling license, professional or administrator certification are now being held to a higher standard. Students who have certain misdemeanors, multiple misdemeanors or a felony may be denied and/or not recommended for any level of certification by GVSU College of Education and/or State of Michigan. If a student is recommended to the Michigan Department of Education for provisional certification, additional endorsement, school counseling license, professional or administrator certification, the conviction could have an adverse effect on being granted a certificate. If a certificate is granted, there is no guarantee of employability. The COE is a secondary admissions unit. Admission requirements are those that appear in the catalog at the time of unit application. Unless otherwise noted, all requirements must be complete at the time of COE application.
In keeping with National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) guidelines and unit policies, Undergraduate Teacher Education considers students who fulfill the criteria listed below. The information is also summarized in the YouTube video on this page.
1. Test Scores
Applicants must submit an official copy of the reading, mathematics, and writing sub-scores from the ACT or SAT.
2. Academic Achievement
a. An established 2.7 Grand Valley GPA overall and in the teaching major, minor, and Education major/professional program. Currently, these content area majors require a 3.0 GPA: Art Education, Language Arts, Social Studies, English (major and minor), and History (majors and minors). Consult the GVSU catalog. The minimum GPA must be established by the time of application.
b. Secondary Review Process: An established 2.699 - 2.50 Grand Valley GPA overall and in the content area major, minor and Education major/professional program. Currently, these content area majors require an established 2.999-2.7 GPA for secondary review: Art Education, Language Arts, Social Studies, English (major and minor), and History (majors and minors).
3. Admission Test Requirement: Michigan Professional Readiness Test (PRE)
All teacher candidates must pass all three areas of the Michigan Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) or approved alternative prior to student teaching. For more information and resources visit the CLAS Advising Center’s Professional Readiness Examination page.
4. Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisite courses may be in progress during the semester of application, but preference will be given to candidates who have completed the requirements at the time of application. A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better must be established in these courses, with no grade lower than C and none of these courses recorded as credit or no credit.
Additional required prerequisites for elementary and special education candidates:
Completion of university course requirements or test equivalents in Writing 150 and Mathematics 110.
5. Advisor Recommendations
One from the content area major advisor/department (Elementary and Secondary General Education only) and another from a College of Education advisor. Students with dual majors must submit a major advisor recommendation form for each major/department.
6. Positive Recommendation
One from an unrelated individual who can address the candidate's ability as a prospective teacher.
7. Service Hours/Experience
Documentation of 25 hours of experience with children or youth. The experience must be with the age group for which the applicant intends to seek certification. This would rule out, for example, working in the university tutoring center. Special education candidates should have experience working with persons with disabilities, e.g., camp experience, Special Olympics, respite care. For additional options, contact the Community Service Learning Center. Click here for application insert forms.
8. Academic Progress
Completion of at least 60 semester credits and junior status.
9. Felony and Misdemeanor Statement
Review procedures for those who have been convicted or pled no contest to a felony or certain misdemeanors are available from the College of Education. Conviction or a plea of no contest may cause the candidate to be denied for admission, field placement, or final certification. *Review Academic Policy above.
10. Copy of MyPath and current course listing of classes being taken at another college or university.
11. Two copies of current resume on plain white paper.
Resumes must state an objective and contain a list of at least three references. For tips and help on creating a professional resume and cover letter, visit the Career Center's Resume & Cover Letter Help page.
PLEASE NOTE: All admissions decisions will be rendered by the Dean of the College of Education based on faculty recommendations.
Occasionally, an outstanding candidate who does not meet GPA requirements may be considered for Secondary Review admission based on other rigorous performance standards.