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NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Grand Valley State University - Main Campus

Program: Secondary Education (Grand Rapids campus)

It is essential that you make contact with Grand Valley immediately for changes in their education program. Please call: 231-995-1785.

Secondary Teaching Certification holders are qualified to teach grades 6 thru 12 in two content subject areas. The following are teachable majors: Visual Art for K-12, English, English/Language Arts, French, German, Spanish, Music, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology/Earth Science, Mathematics, Physical Education for K-12, Physics, History, Social Studies. Teachable minors include: English, French, German, Music, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology/Earth Science, Health Science, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. Program 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 certification. Certification is available in elementary general education, secondary general education or elementary education with special education endorsements.


  1. 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.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency of the Michigan Basic Skills Test. It contains sections on reading, writing, and math.
  4. Experience - 25 hours of classroom experience with children is required before admission into the School of Education will be granted.
  5. Interview - Students must demonstrate appropriate commitment and interpersonal skills required for teaching.
  6. It is strongly recommended that students start their course work at GVSU the summer prior to the fall semester and complete Education 300 at GVSU at that time.
  7. Recommendations - two required:
    1. Faculty member familiar with your teaching work
    2. Someone who can address your capability as a prospective teacher.
  8. Other criteria as listed in the University catalog at the time of application to the School of Education however we would encourage you to speak with someone early in your time at NMC by calling 616.331.6650

Deadline For Admission

Fall Semester - February 1

Winter Semester - September 15

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:

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 Group 1 Humanities list »


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Natural Science list


Social Science


PSY 101


GVSU Global Perspective requirement (select one course here or one course under Humanities): ANT 113, GEO 109, PLS 132, PLS 211.

Select a total of 6 credits representing 2 departments from Group 1 Social Science list »




Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from Group 1 Math 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.



Required Classes



CD 202 Human Growth and Development


Elective courses in a Teachable Major


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.)



We recommend you register for, and take the Professional Readiness Examination (previously known as 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.

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: Spring 2018

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