NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

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 College of Education online for a complete list of majors and minors available.

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
  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

Basic Requirements

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 an Arts 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 or 112

US History to or from 1865


Select an additional course from the Humanities Area from a dept. other than HST


Natural Science


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


Social Science

Select 2 courses from the Social Science Area representing 2 departments




Options to complete MSU math requirement at NMC:


1: MTH 121, 122

College Algebra and Trigonometry


2: MTH 121, 131

College Algebra and Intro to Probability and Statistics


Major And Minor Courses

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: Summer 2023