NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Elementary Education

Students wishing to be Elementary Education teachers must complete a major in Professional Education. Elementary Education Provisional Certification allows teachers to instruct all subjects in grades K-5, and only their major and minor subject areas in grades 6, 7, 8.

Admission Criteria

  1. Apply – Students must first submit an application for undergraduate admission to the MSU Office of Admission indicating intention to earn a teaching certificate.
  2. Application for direct transfer – MSU will then provide access to the College of Education Direct Transfer online application to students who have met the following criteria:
    1. Transfer of at least 42 credits
    2. Completion of all remedial courses (e.g., MTH 111)
    3. 3.1 or higher GPA
    4. Completion of SAT
      1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480 or higher
      2. Mathematics: 530 or higher
  3. Transfer Credits – MSU accepts a maximum of 60 community college credits.
  4. Application deadline – Students should apply as early as possible.
  5. Student who are not eligible for direct transfer may transfer to MSU and the apply to the teacher preparation program through the regular MSU undergraduate application process. 
  6. Scholarships – Students who have a 3.5 GPA or above should consult with their NMC advisor to discuss possible transfer scholarship opportunities at MSU.
  7. MSU Contact – (517) 353-9680

elementary certification teaching majors

  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

Basic Requirements

The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill University requirements at MSU. These courses fulfill MTA requirements, but may not fulfill requirements for the Associate of Arts or Science degree at NMC. If your goal is to complete an associate's degree before transferring, see an advisor for assistance.

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, 112

English Composition I & II




HST 111

US History to 1865


Select a Group 1 Humanities course from a dept. other than HST


Natural Science


Select 2 Group 1 Natural Science courses from 2 departments


Social Science


GEO 109

World Regional Geography


Select a Group 1 Social Science course from a dept. other than GEO




MTH 121

College Algebra


Requirements For Teaching majors

(these courses may also count toward basic requirements above)

Required Classes



EDU 101

Intro to Teaching (doesn't transfer to MSU but recommended to evaluate potential/interest as teacher)


Language Arts (other course options are available at MSU for requirements 1–5)


1. ENG 220*, 221 & 222 or 223

Technical Writing, Creative Writing & Advanced Creative Writing (must have both ENG 221 & 222 to transfer as MSU's ENG 226) or Creative Writing – Poetry


2. ART 121, 131 or 132

Drawing 1, 2-D Design or 3-D Design


3. ENG 240, 263

Intro to Lit or World Lit


Choose 1 or 2 from section 4:

4. ENG 241, ENG 242 or 254*

Mythology, Intro to Women Writers or Shakespeare (Shakespeare is recommended because MSU requires 2 300-400 level courses from the Text Media and Interpretation list)


5. BUS 155

Interpersonal Communications


* transfers to MSU as 300-level course

Social Studies


ECO 201, 202

Macro & Microeconomics


GEO 108

Geography of US/Canada


HST 112, 230

US History from 1865 & History of Michigan


PLS 101, 132

Intro to American Politics & Comparative Politics


Integrated Science


BIO 115, 116

Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Bio & Genetic, Evolution & Animal Bio


CHM 150, 151

General Chemistry I & II


ENV 111, 117

Physical Geology & Meteorology and Climatology


PHY 121, 122

General Physics I & II


MTH 122





MTH 141, 142

Calculus I & II


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 early.

Updated: Summer 2023