Teachable Majors/Minors

To enter the GTC program you must have or be willing to acquire an approved "teachable" major (and teachable minor for secondary certification students) prior to beginning the GTC program.

The GTC program is designed as an intensive, one year, full time teacher training program for adults who have:

  1. completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college
  2. acquire an approved "teachable" major (and teachable minor) prior to joining the program
  3. meet other admission requirements.

If you would like more information about requirements for admissions to the GTC program, please contact the Education programs via email at coeserve@gvsu.edu or by phone at (616) 331-6650.

Steps for selecting a Teachable Major/Minor

To verify if you have completed the coursework required for your chosen teachable major and/or minor, or coursework that needs to be completed, please complete the following steps:

  1. Choose a teachable major and minor (see list of majors/minors below).
  2. Apply for admission to Grand Valley as a degree-seeking undergraduate transfer student.
    • Individuals who completed their undergraduate degree at GVSU can skip to step #5.
    • Request official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have previously enrolled at be sent to GVSU’s Admissions office.
  3. Once admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking undergraduate student, you will receive an automated email inviting you to register for a transfer student orientation. You will need to register for the orientation and pay the orientation fee, which covers the cost of advising services. In the notes section include that you are a prospective GTC student.
  4. Call the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center: (616) 331-8585.
    • Share that you are interested in the GTC program and have received your official admission to GVSU as a degree seeking undergraduate student.
    • Share your full name, G-number, and contact information.
    • Request that a planned program be completed for the teachable major and minor (if secondary).
  5. In four to six weeks, a copy of the planned program(s) will be sent to you via email.
  6. Call CLAS Academic Advising Center to schedule a one-on-one advising and orientation session with the professional advisor who prepared your teaching major, possibly minor if secondary, planned program(s).
  7. Student may register for courses at GVSU after their advising and orientation meeting.

List of Teachable Majors/Minors for GTC

Elementary Teachable Majors/Minor

Elementary Majors

Integrated Science (Elementary)

Language Arts (for Elementary Education)

Mathematics (Elementary)

Social Studies (Elementary)

Elementary Minor

The minor in Elementary Education is included in the Elementary teaching coursework.

Secondary Teachable Majors/Minors

Secondary Majors

Biology

Chemistry

Earth/Space Science

English (Secondary Education)

French

German

History

Integrated Science (Secondary- no minor required)

Latin

Mathematics (Secondary)

Music Education (K-12- no minor required)

Health and Physical Education (K-12- no minor required)

Physics

Social Studies (Secondary- no minor required))

Spanish

Visual Arts Education (K-12- no minor required)

Secondary Minors

Biology

Chemistry

Earth/Space Science

Economics

English (Secondary)

English as a Second Language (Applied Linguistics in ESL)

French

Geography

German

History

Mathematics (Secondary)

Physics

Political Science

Psychology

Spanish

Program Plans for Teachable Majors and Minors in the GTC Program

Detailed program and plans and information on teachable majors and minors is available from the CLAS Academic Advising Center.