Transfer Plans

Select a school and program

For additional information and possible next steps, please refer to the following information:

  • If you are considering transferring to GVSU, please visit our Transfer Admissions resource page for all the information you need to get started.
  • For information on how your courses transfer to GVSU, please review the Course Equivalencies online.
  • If you decide to transfer to GVSU prior to completing your Associates Degree, you should consider taking advantage of the reverse transfer agreement we have with all Michigan community colleges.
  • Our online catalog provides a wealth of information on GVSU's academic programs, policies and procedures, course descriptions, etc.
  • Each college at GVSU has an academic advising center that serves specific majors in that college. If you have specific questions about program requirements, you could contact the advising center to seek additional information.
  • Each academic department at GVSU provides additional information about specific programs of study and links to important resources. You may access a comprehensive list here.
  • Our Career Center provides comprehensive support and resources for all students at GVSU. It is recommended that you connect with the counselors there as soon as you transition to GVSU.
  • The Career Guides by Major allow students to investigate possible career or graduate/professional school opportunities based on specific programs of study.

Transfer plans are meant to provide you with a suggested outline of courses for your respective academic interest. They are simply a guide while you attend community college. If you have additional questions regarding the content of this transfer plan, please contact the GVSU Admissions & Recruitment Office by phone at 616-331-2025 or by email at [email protected].


Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide for Secondary Education

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ENG 111 4
MTA math course 4
PSY 101 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Humanities elective 3
Total 17

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ENG 112 4
Elective for teachable minor 3
Global Perspectives elective 3
Science Lab elective 4
Elective for teachable major 3
Total 17

Second Year, First Semester

Course Credits
Elective for teachable major 3
Elective for teachable minor 3
Elective for teachable minor 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Humanities elective 3
Total 15

Second Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
Elective for teachable major 3
Elective for teachable minor 3
Social Science elective 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Science elective 4
Total 16


  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Science electives must be selected from different disciplines. Social science elective must be a non-PSY course. Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines. Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements. GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • Global Perspectives electives: Please see the GVSU general education transfer guide for list of approved courses
  • PLEASE NOTE: Please contact an advisor early. The College of Education advisors can be reached at 616-331-6650.

As mandated by the Michigan Department of Education for all institutions offering secondary teacher certification, the teacher preparation program offerings for GVSU will change as of Fall 2024. The following content majors will be offered for secondary level certification grades 5-9 and 7-12:

  • Mathematics
  • Integrated Science
  • English
  • Social Studies (new program coming Fall 2025 – students starting Fall 2024 will follow the current program)

These content majors will be coupled with a required major in Secondary Education. Minors will no longer be required, but there will continue to be teaching minors offered. Details on the specific teaching minors are still being determined.

All other secondary majors will be phased out over the next few years to allow current students to complete the programs. Students who will begin their studies at GVSU in Fall 2024 or after will no longer be able to declare those programs. This includes:

  • Biology*
  • Chemistry*
  • Earth Science*
  • History
  • Physics*

* Many of the courses in these majors are included in the secondary Integrated Science major.

Grand Valley State University will continue to offer Pre-K – 12 teacher preparation programs in these content areas:

  • Art
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Music
  • World Languages including Spanish, French, German and Latin

Students who pursue a Pre-K – 12 certification will be required to choose the PK-12 emphasis for the Secondary Education major.

If you have any questions about secondary teacher certification at Grand Valley State University, please contact the Office of Certification and Accreditation in the College of Education and Community Innovation at either 616-331-6650 or [email protected].