NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Grand Valley State University - Main Campus

Program: Secondary Education (Grand Rapids campus)

Due to changes in the State of Michigan Education Requirements is essential that you make contact with Grand Valley immediately for changes in their education program. Please call: 616-331-6650.

See GVSU developed transfer guide for teachable majors and minors and types of certification.


Please contact GVSU representative for details on admission criteria and application deadlines.

Check out GVSU Pledge Program for Free Tuition for Qualified MI Residents

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 246, ENG 247, ENG 254, ENG 263, ENG 271, FRN 202, GRM 202, HST 101, HST 102, 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


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 the Group 1 Social Science list




Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from the 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



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: Summer 2023