NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Northern Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Secondary Education

Satisfactory completion of the secondary education curriculum qualifies a student for a Michigan Secondary Provisional certificate for grades 6-12 in major and minors only.

Teaching majors offered by NMU include: Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, French, Geography, History, Industrial Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Social Studies, Special Education, and Spanish.

In addition to a teaching major, students must also select one teaching minor. NMU offers the following teaching minors: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Health Education, History, Journalism, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science and Spanish.

Admission Criteria

Students should refer to Teacher Selection and Retention Standards in the NMU 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 Cary Vajda at 906-250-3679.

This guide is for those who have not decided their teaching major. For those who have decided their teaching major, follow the specific NMU guide located on the NMU Transfer Guide page.

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 1 & 2


ENG 220

Technical Writing may be chosen in place of ENG 112 for NMU, but if chosen MTA and ASA will not be earned at NMC.



Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group Humanities list »

You may choose HST 211 Native American History, HUM 116 World Cultures, or PHL 122 Eastern Religions to fulfill both the World Cultures and 1 Humanities choice. Or, if you fulfill World Cultures with a social science choice, ANT 113 Cultural Anthropology or GEO 109 World Regional Geography, select a second Humanities class from the link above.

Natural Science


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


Social Science

Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Social Science list »

You may choose ANT 113 Cultural Anthropology or GEO 109 World Regional Geography to fulfill World Cultures requirement


If you fulfill World Cultures with one of the Humanities choices: HST 211 Native American History, HUM 116 World Cultures, or PHL 122 Eastern Religions choose 2 courses from the link above.)



Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from Group 1 Math list » (MTH choice will depend on your teaching major)


Additional Requirements

Required Classes



EDU 101

Introduction to Teaching


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 2018