NMC transfer guide - MACRAO

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Secondary Education

Students intending to qualify for Michigan Secondary provisional certification (valid to teach in Michigan grades 6 – 12 in a major and minor area) will complete a teaching major, usually a teaching minor, a sequence of professional courses, an Internship Studies program of 1 year, and pass the designated competency test.

Visit MSU's School of Education online for a complete list of majors and minors available.


  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 mave 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
  3. Transfer Credits – MSU accepts a maximum of 60 community college credits.
  4. SAT admission requirements:
    1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480
    2. Mathematics: 530
  5. Application Deadline – Students should apply as early as possible 
  6. Scholarship Opportunities – Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above should meet with an NMC advisor to discuss transfer scholarship possibilities.
  7. MSU Contact – (517) 353-9680


The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill University requirements at MSU. These courses may not fulfill requirements for the Associate of Science and Arts degree at NMC. If your goal is to complete an Associate's degree before transferring, see an advisor for assistance. Completion of the MACRAO Agreement is important and will be met if you follow this guide. Request the MACRAO Stamp in the NMC Record's Office.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II                                                                                                




HST 111 or 112

US History to or from 1865


Select 4 additional credits from the Humanities Area from at least 1 dept. other than HST »




MTH 121

College Algebra


Select 1 Biological Science and 1 Physical Science from the Natural Science Area »


Social Science


Select 8 credits representing at least 2 departments from the Social Science Area »



Consult with an advisor about courses required for your specific teaching major or minor.

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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