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. Minimum of 45 semester credits. Students are encouraged to meet with a CMU advisor. More credits may be recommended.
  3. 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.
  4. ENG 111, 112, and EDU 101 must be completed with a 3.0 or better.
  5. Completion of the SAT exam is required for admission. Please contact CMU for details.
  6. 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

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED". Completion of the MTA will satisfy CMU's University Program requirements and 6 credits of their Writing Intensive requirement.

Required Classes

Academic Area




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 the Group 1 Natural Science list including one LECTURE/LAB


Social Science


PLS 101

Intro to American Politics


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology




Select MTH 120 or above from the Group 1 Math List


Major And Additional Requirements

Required Classes



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.

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 2023