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
- are willing to acquire a "teachable" major (and possibly a teachable minor) prior to joining the program
- and 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.
"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."
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Each semester, faculty from Grand Valley State University's Education programs consider 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.