NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Central Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Special Education Endorsement - Elementary Emphasis

Before starting this program, please call Central Michigan University because Central is discussing the discontinuation of an Elementary Education option in Special Education.

Special Education offers undergraduate majors in the Bachelor of Science in Education degree, Special Education emphasis. All students preparing to teach in Special Education must choose a major: Cognitive Impairment or Emotional Impairment. You must also choose Secondary or Elementary emphasis. As a special Education teacher, you are permitted to teach special education, cognitive or emotionally impaired in grades K–12. Elementary Emphasis enables you to teach grades K–8.

Admission Criteria

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 2.7. GPA does not guarantee admission into the program.
  2. 45 Hours of documented in-classroom experience with a State Certified Teacher.
  3. Minimum of 45 semester credits. Students are encouraged to meet with a CMU advisor. More credits may be recommended.
  4. Transfer students must complete graduation competencies for CMU (Eng 111, 112; Com 111; Mth 111) at NMC or they will be required to complete these classes during their first or second semester at CMU.
  5. ENG 111, 112, and EDU 101 must be completed with a 3.0 or better.
  6. Students must successfully complete the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE). Apply online at www.mttc.nesinc.com.
  7. Due to the specific nature of this program, it is essential you contact and work with a CMU representative as early as possible for important start dates and admission requirements. This is typically a five year program.

Basic Requirements

Completion of Basic Requirement courses at NMC will fulfill the general requirements at CMU. Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".



ENG 111 & 112

English Composition I & II (3.0 required)




HST 111

US History to 1865


HST 112

US History from 1865


Select an additional Group 1 Humanities course from a department other than HST »

Natural Science


CHM 101

Intro to Chemistry


Select one of the following AST courses:

AST 109

Planetary Astronomy


AST 119



Select one of the following BIO courses:

BIO 110

Essential Biology


BIO 115

Cell, Plant, and Ecosystem Biology


Select one of the following ENV or GEO courses:

ENV 111

Physical Geology


GEO 105

Physical Geography


Social Science


GEO 101

Intro to Geography


PLS 101

Intro to American Politics


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology




MTH 121

College Algebra


Major And Additional Requirements


COM 111

Public Speaking


EDU 101

Intro to Teaching (3.0 required)


MTH 205 & 206

Math for Elementary Teachers 1 & 2


CMU's Quantitative Reasoning (QR) requirement can be met at NMC with MTH 131, PHY 121 or PHY 221. MTH 131 cannot count toward both the QR requirement and the math requirement for CMU.

  1. Consult the CMU catalog for a list of majors/minors available for Special Education teachers.
  2. Visit with your NMC Advisor/Counselor for assistance with selection of courses within your major/minor. These may also satisfy general education/MACRAO requirements.

professional readiness exam (PRE)

We recommend you register for and take the PRE your second semester at NMC. This will allow you time to take additional courses and repeat the test if necessary. Be sure to keep the results of your test. Testing information is available in the Advising Center.

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2015

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