NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Northern Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Elementary Education

Satisfactory completion of the elementary education curriculum qualifies a student for a Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate which is valid for teaching all grades K-5 and major/minor fields in grades 6,7 and 8.

NMU students can select one teaching major (Integrated Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, or Social Studies) or two teaching minors (French, German, Integrated Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, Reading, or Spanish).

Admission Criteria

Students should refer to the Teacher Selection and Retention Standards in the NMUI Bulletin for complete details regarding admissions requirements, selection criteria, and retention standards for NMU's School of Education.

Basic Requirements

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA): Students who transfer to Northern Michigan University from a Michigan community college who have Michigan Transfer Agreement Satisfied posted on their transcript will be considered to have met the requirements of NMU’s Liberal Studies/General Education program. Students will still be expected to complete all other degree requirements, including graduation requirements (world cultures, health promotions, and lab) and any courses listed as “Other Required Courses” that may also be Liberal Studies/General Education courses. Transfer students who do not complete the entire block of courses required by the MTA will receive credit for courses they do complete on the basis of individual evaluation and established transfer equivalencies.

If you do not fulfill the MTA agreement, you will need to use 2 transfer guides to fulfill NMU's Division requirements: this guide and General Education Without MTA. For more information the MTA, please contact an advisor at NMC or NMU Representative Gillian Seguin at (906) 235-7421.

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




ENG 210

Children's Literature


HST 111

U.S. History to 1865


Choose one of the courses below:


HST 101

Western Civilization to 1500AD


HST 102

Western Civilization from 1500AD


HST 213

American Women's History


PLS 222

Intro to Political Theory (SOC SCI at NMC - could choose as other area of Soc Sci if both GEOs are chosen below)


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Natural Science list including one LECTURE/LAB

Social Science


GEO 105/105LL

Physical Geography


Select one of the two courses below:


GEO 109

World Regional Geography (also fulfills World Cultures requirement at NMC, but does not fulfill MTA)


PLS 101

Survey of American Government (choose to fulfill MTA as second area of Social Science)




Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from Group 1 Math list (MTH choice depends on teaching major)


Additional Requirements

Required Classes



World Cultures: You may choose HST 211 Native American History, HUM 116 World Cultures, PHL 122 Eastern Religions, ANT 113 Cultural Anthropology, GEO 109 World Regional Geography to fulfill NMU's World Cultures requirement.


EDU 101

Intro to Teaching


This program must include 16 credits of Social Studies courses. Consult with NMU contact above about this requirement.


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