NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Central Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Special Education endorsement - Secondary Emphasis

Special Education offers undergraduate majors in the Bachelors 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 (for elementary emphasis, see appropriate transfer guide) emphasis. As a special Education teacher, you are permitted to teach special education, cognitive or emotional impairment, in grades K-12. Secondary emphasis enables you to teach grades 7-12.

Admission Criteria

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 2.7. All courses must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to transfer to CMU. 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 as early as possible a CMU representative for important start dates and admission requirements.

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 (3.0 in ENG 111 or 112)




Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities list »


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Natural Science list including one LECTURE/LAB »


Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology


Select an additional Group 1 Social Science course from a department other than PSY »




MTH 121

College Algebra


Major And Additional Requirements


EDU 101

Intro to Teaching (3.0 required)


COM 111

Public Speaking


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 major/minors available for Special Education teachers.
  2. Visit with your NMC advisor for assistance with selection of courses within your major/minor. These may also satisfy general education/MTA 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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