Teacher Assisting / Student Teaching Criteria

All requirements listed below must be complete when applying for COE field placement opportunities, unless otherwise noted. We strongly encourage you to work with your advisor to determine what requirements you need to complete and when you're ready to apply for field placement.

Teacher Assisting / Student Teaching Criteria

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.

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, English (major and minor), History (majors and minors), Language Arts, and Social Studies. The minimum GPA must be established by the time of application.

  1. Most general education requirements completed.
  2. Sufficient progress in the content area major as determined by the content area major advisor.
  3. Sufficient progress in the minor as determined by the content area major advisor.
  4. For Elementary Education, completion of ENG 308; MTH 221; and MTH 222 or MTH 223 required.
  5. At least one meeting completed with assigned College of Education Advisor.
  6. All remaining requirements met.

If you do not meet the criteria listed above and have a GPA of 2.699 - 2.50, you are eligible for secondary review. This GPA applies to your overall GVSU coursework, as well as coursework in your content area major, minor, and Education major. Art Education, Language Arts, Social Studies, English (major and minor), and History (majors and minors) require an established 2.999-2.7 GPA for secondary review.

  1. Most general education requirements completed.
  2. Most requirements in the content area major completed as determined by content area major advisor.
  3. Sufficient progress in the content area minor as determined by the content area major advisor.
  4. For Elementary Education, completion of ENG 308; MTH 221; and MTH 222 or MTH 223 required.
  5. MTTC Subject area and certification tests taken and passed during the semester application is submitted. 
    • Secondary candidates take the teaching major and minor tests.
    • Elementary candidates take the Elementary Education test and teaching major test. Special Education candidates take the Elementary Education test only.
    • Students seeking the CSAT major (Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching) are strongly encouraged to pass the MTTC Elementary Exam prior to COE application.
  6. Two meetings completed with assigned Education Advisor, including a signed Secondary Review Process form submitted with application.
  7. All remaining application requirements met.

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.

  1. EDF 315 Diverse Perspectives on Education
  2. EDI 338 Teachers as Decision Makers: Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Schools or EDI 339 Teachers as Decision Makers: Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Schools
  3. PSY 301 Child Development (elementary and secondary general education students only)
  4. EDS 378 Universal Design for Learning: Elementary or EDS 379 Universal Design for Learning: Secondary (elementary and secondary general education students only. Offered as a Required Course that can be taken before OR after admission to the College of Education. It must be taken before Student Teaching.)

Additional required prerequisites for elementary and special education candidates:

  1. ENG 308 Teaching Reading: The Necessary Skills
  2. MTH 221; and MTH 222 or MTH 223 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II or III

University Requirements:

Completion of university course requirements or test equivalents in Writing 150 and Mathematics 110.

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.

One recommendation from an unrelated individual who can address the candidate's ability as a prospective teacher.

Successful completion of EDF 100 or documentation of 25 hours of experience with children or youth. The 25 hours of 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 GVSU Community Service Learning Center.

Completion of at least 60 semester credits and junior status.

Due to stringent requirements set by the State of Michigan Department of Education, students pursuing initial certification, first or second renewal of their Standard 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 Standard 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.

Review procedures for those who have been convicted or pleaded 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.


PLEASE NOTE:

All admissions decisions will be rendered by the Dean of the College of Education based on faculty recommendations.