Elementary Education

NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Grand Valley State University - Main Campus

Program: Elementary Education (Allendale campus)

An Elementary Certificate permits the holder to teach all subjects in grades K-5. Only major and minors may be taught in grades 6–8 and all subjects, grades K-8 in a self-contained classroom. Academic majors for certification are offered in various fields of study including Language Arts, Integrated Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. Programs are approved by the Michigan Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The College of Education offers programs leading to bachelor's degree and Michigan Provisional elementary education with special education endorsements.

Admission Process

  1. Deadlines for application to Teacher Education are:
    1. September 15th for Winter admission and field placement
    2. February 1st for Fall admission and field placement
  2. Application packets are available in the College of Education.
  3. GPA - GVSU 2.8 or above plus one semester at GVSU. Some teachable majors require a 3.0. Due to limited space available, GVSU may require a higher GPA. This GPA is established during your first semester at GVSU.
  4. It is strongly recommended that you contact a GVSU advisor early in your college career. The College of Education Advisors can be reached at (616) 331-6650.
  5. GVSU College of Education | GVSU Transfer Guide

Basic Requirements

The following courses will complete requirements for an Associate in Arts degree, and most of the general education requirements from GVSU. Students are strongly encouraged to stay in contact with a GVSU advisor for any program updates.

NOTE: Both a Global Perspective and a U.S. Diversity course are required to receive a bachelor's degree from GVSU. NMC courses that transfer as Global Perspective or US Diversity can be chosen from Humanities or Social Science and will double count. For example, ANT 113 will count as both a Social Science and a Global Perspective class. Refer to GVSU's general education guide: gvsu.edu/gened/

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED."

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111 English Composition


ENG 112 English Composition




GVSU Global Perspective requirement (select one course here or one course under Social Science): ART 111, ART 112, ENG 241, ENG 263, ENG 271, FRN 202, GRM 202, HST 228, HST 235, HUM 116, PHL 121, PHL 122, SPN 202.

Select a total of 6 credits 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


PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology


Select one class, not PSY, from the Group 1 Social Science list (ANT 113, GEO 109, PLS 132 or PLS 211 meet Global Perspective requirement if not chosen from the Humanities list above




Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from the Group 1 Mathematics list

NOTE: Depending on your teaching major, to meet GVSU's Mathematical Sciences requirement, take MTH 121 or above OR take a logic class at GVSU.


Additional Requirements

Required Classes



CD 202 Human Growth and Development


Elective courses in a Teachable Major (Language Arts, Integrated Science, Social Studies, Math)


NOTE: Students may choose a Bachelor in Arts or Science. For a Bachelor in Arts, choose 3 semesters of a foreign language. For a bachelor in science choose MTH 131 Probability and Statistics. (The second year of a foreign language may count toward a humanities listed above and MTH 131 will count toward your math and science basic requirements also listed above.)


The Professional Readiness Examination

We recommend you register for, and take the Professional Readiness Examination (previously called Michigan Basic Skills Test) your second semester at NMC. This will allow you time to take additional courses and repeat the test if necessary. In addition, some Education programs require the test results early in your second year at NMC for admission into their program. Be sure to keep the results of your test. Testing information is available in the Counseling 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 2023