GTC Secondary (6th-12th Grade) Program

Candidates who meet admission requirements are accepted into the Graduate Teacher Certification Secondary Education program in February and are placed in a Secondary level cohort group. The cohort groups are a resource for friendship and support throughout the program. The sequence of teacher education courses leading to certification begins spring/summer term. Groups conclude their studies at the end of April the following year.

All traditional and hybrid courses are taught on the GVSU Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Student Outcomes for Graduate Teacher Certification

Steps for GTC Secondary Admission

  1. 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.
  2. A 3.0 GPA in the teachable major/minor subject.
  3. A completed Master's of Education (M.Ed.) graduate application submitted to the GVSU Admissions Office by January 15.
  4. A separate GTC application packet is also needed: this is available from the College of Education and due by November 1.
  5. 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).
  6. Passing scores on the MTTC Subject Area tests.
  7. Resume (due by November 1).
  8. A personal essay (due by November 1).
  9. A personal interview with the program advisor (Due by November 1).
  10. Signed statement regarding criminal activity (Due by November 1).
  11. Elementary candidates must also complete the following three courses prior to admission: EDT 619 Curricular Integration of Ed. Technology; 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.

GTC Secondary Certification (6th-12th Grade)

An individual interested in teaching at the secondary level is required to have a teachable major/minor and would be certified to teach grades 6-12 in the subject major and/or minor.

NOTE: Those who wish to become certified as elementary or secondary level teachers are required to have a teachable major/minor completed before entering the GTC program. Secondary level candidates also need to have a nearly complete teachable minor.

27 Credit Hours

Coursework for Secondary Certification is now an Online Program with exception to fieldwork which can be at any approved location in Michigan!

Spring/Summer Session May - August

  • EDI 635 Development and Needs of Students (3 credits) online
  • EDS 652 Foundations of Special Education (3 credits) online

Fall Session August - December

  • EDI 636 Instruction in Middle and High Schools (3 credits) online
  • EDI 638 Facilitating School Environments (3 credits) online
  • EDI 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Placement, (20 hours per week, 3 credits) plus weekly online cohort meetings and one seminar
  • EDR 623 Development Literacy for Adolescents (3 credits) online

Winter Session January - April

  • EDI 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Placement (6 credits) Monday through Friday all day, plus weekly online cohort meetings and one seminar
  • EDT 627 Technology Integration for Secondary Teachers (3 credits) online (Course may require documentation of standards met)

Pathway to Master's Degree

Upon completion of the Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) program, students may continue coursework toward the master's degree in Secondary or another approved master's degree program. Interested students should contact the Office of Certification and Accreditation at or (616) 331-6650 to meet with an advisor.

See PDF links below for the Planned Programs and the Education Course List page for full course descriptions. 

Planned Program: Masters of Education Degree in Instruction and Curriculum,
Secondary Education (GTC)

PDF Instructions

To view the PDF Planned Program sheet, you will need to use Adobe Reader (using Adobe Reader prevents tab order errors and other inconveniences present in browser-based PDF readers).

In addition to the M.Ed. options, the GVSU also offers graduate endorsements in a number of programs for students who already hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate.

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