Steps for Becoming a Teacher
“I am in awe of the opportunities that Grand Valley gives students to become the best versions of themselves, whether that's through academic development, leadership development, or professional development.”
—Selena Brown, Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching Major / Class of 2020
The first step to becoming a teacher is to apply to GVSU. You need to be a GVSU student before you may enroll in Education courses. You will begin taking courses in your first year at GVSU, then apply for a Teacher Apprenticeship in your junior year.
GVSU offers multiple undergraduate programs for teachers to become certified to teach specific grade levels. In the Education courses, you will learn the most effective, research-based teaching methods to help you meet the unique needs of each of your students.
Academic advising engages students in the process of exploring and defining their academic and career goals and in creating effective strategies to achieve these goals. Through collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are encouraged and supported as they develop the skills necessary to take responsibility for their own development and success.
GVSU provides all students with myPath, a tool designed to assist you in preparing for and tracking your academic progress toward graduation. It encompasses both a degree analysis audit and an educational planner. This tool is not intended to take the place of an advisor. We strongly recommend meeting with your advisor periodically to review your academic plan.
GVSU's Education courses prepare you to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) exam through the Michigan Department of Education.
NOTE: You do not need to take or pass your certification test before applying for teacher certification, but you can choose to take the certification exam before your Teacher Apprenticeship or Teacher Internship.
During your junior year at GVSU, you will apply for a Teacher Apprenticeship. During the Apprenticeship semester, you will work alongside a current teacher in an area school.
During your Teacher Apprenticeship semester, you will apply for a Teacher Internship. As a Teacher Intern, you will work independently as a full-time teacher in a classroom with a current teacher serving as your mentor.
Before you apply for teacher certification in Michigan, you must complete a CPR & First Aid course from an approved provider. We recommended you complete CPR & First Aid training either during or before your final Teacher Internship semester. Each certification for CPR and First Aid training is valid for 2 years.
Once you have completed all the requirements needed for teacher certification, you will need to apply through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). All Michigan teachers seeking certification of any kind must register with MOECS to receive their certificate.