Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC)

If you want to transition your career into teaching, consider the Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) program. This intensive, one-year, full-time teacher training program is designed for adults who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and who already have, or are willing to acquire, a "teachable" major (and possibly a teachable minor) prior to joining the program, as well as meet additional entrance requirements.

The program combines teacher education course work with two consecutive semesters of field placement in a local school. At the completion of the program, students will have earned a teaching certificate as well as graduate credit toward a master's degree. The full master's degree can be completed following certification. All prospective candidates are advised to attend an information session for more detailed explanations.

Course Offerings

Program Testimonial

"For my interview, I researched and planned an actual PBL and presented it to the principal and other staff over Skype. They were very impressed with my preparation and knowledge. I have GVSU and the entire Graduate Teacher Certification program staff to thank for all of that. Even after attending the New Teacher Academy, I realized that somehow I was a step ahead although I was a brand new teacher. I can’t thank you and the rest of the staff with the GTC program at GVSU enough for preparing me for being at this wonderful campus with this amazing district."

Amy Myers
Biology & Aquatic Science
The Energy School
Houston, TX

GTC Admissions

Prior to applying, all post-baccalaureate students should talk with the College of Education to receive overview information about the GTC Program. You will receive materials to help you obtain official advising, apply for university and program admission, and register for state testing. Please contact the College of Education's Student Information and Services Center at (616) 331-6650 or

Steps for GTC Admission

  1. An official copy of the reading, mathematics, and writing sub-scores from the ACT or SAT must be on-file with the Office of Admissions at GVSU. Applicants may submit an official copy of the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing from the GRE if ACT or SAT scores are not available.
  2. 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.
  3. A 3.0 GPA in the teachable subject major/minor.
  4. A completed Masters of Education graduate application submitted to the GVSU Admissions Office by January 15.
  5. A separate GTC application packet is also needed: this is available from the College of Education and due by November 1.
  6. Evidence of 25 hours of paid or volunteer work with children within the age group you wish to teach (due by November 1 unless given permission for extension).
  7. Passing scores on the MTTC Subject Area tests.
  8. Completion of Curricular Integration of Ed. Technology, EDT 619 - for elementary candidates only.
  9. Resume (due by November 1).
  10. A personal essay (due by November 1).
  11. A personal interview with the program advisor (Due by November 1).
  12. Signed statement regarding criminal activity (Due by November 1).
  13. Elementary candidates must complete PED 265 Teaching Health in Elementary Schools and PED 266 Move-Learn! PE and Dance for Elementary Education.

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

Student Scholarships

Each semester, faculty from Grand Valley State University's College of Education considers scholarship opportunities for candidates in both initial certification and graduate programs. These scholarship opportunities have been made possible by the generosity of individuals and organizations dedicated to the preparation of teachers and other educators.

GVSU Scholarships