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Elementary Education

NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Elementary Education

NOTE: WMU has a 10-year catalog from when you began college for those pursuing Education. The catalog year is the year you start at NMC as long as you transfer directly to WMU within 3 years of starting at NMC. This means your GPA requirements will follow that catalog as well. Information on what catalog requirements you are to follow are located at: Click on the Elementary Education Major link. There you will find upper-level admission requirements and applications, program guides, transfer guides, teachable major and minor options, and other helpful information. If you were following a different guide than this one, please consult with advising at:

You may also contact for questions: Christine Robinson, Director of Advising, College of Education and Human Development,, (269) 387-3474

Students completing requirements for the Michigan Elementary Provisional Certification are qualified to teach major/minor subjects in grades 6–12 in the state of Michigan. Art, Music, Foreign Language, and Physical & Health Education majors result in K-12 certification.

For more specific information and help with any additional questions, including how your NMC courses will transfer to WMU, how to apply to WMU or how to apply to the upper level for your program, you may email WMU Advising directly at We also encourage you to meet with a WMU advisor early in your NMC program. Visit their website for advising meeting options:

Basic Requirements

Completion of the BASIC requirements as listed at NMC will fulfill most of the general education requirements at WMU. WMU requires two additional General Education courses at the 3000-4000 level to be taken at WMU plus an upper level writing requirement (Proficiency #2 at WMU). Upon request at the NMC Records Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED."

NOTE: When choosing courses below, be sure to consult the WMU Elementary Education Guides found on the WMU advising website and choose the course(s) that will also count in your teaching major. For further guidance in choosing the correct courses, be sure to reach out to WMU advising.

Required Classes

Academic Area


Communications (Both ENG required for MTA and NMC's ASA. WMU only requires one.)


ENG 111

English Composition


ENG 112

English Composition




HST 111

U.S. History Before 1865


HST 112

U.S. History Since 1865


Select 1 course from Group 1 Humanities list, not HST »


ENG 240

Introduction to Literature (Language Arts only)


Natural Science


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


AST 109

Planetary Astronomy (Integrated Science only)


CHM 150

General Chemistry I (Integrated Science only)


ENV 104

Life of the Past (Integrated Science only)


ENV 131

Oceanography (Integrated Science only)


Social Science


ANT 113

Cultural Anthropology


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology (pre-req for PSY 211 & CD 202)


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology or CD 202 Early Childhood Education-Gr. 2 (required prior to application to education program - see notes above)


PLS 101

Intro to American Politics


GEO 109

World Regional Geography



MTH 120 or above to meet MTA and receive NMC's ASA degree.

(Math for elementary teachers at WMU will meet WMU's math requirement, but if NMC's ASA degree is desired, MTH 120 or above is required.)


Additional suggestions

Suggested Class



EDU 101

Intro to Teaching (Not required by WMU but recommended by NMC to experience teaching.)


Completion of at least 60 credits, including those listed above, fulfills the requirements of NMC's Associate's degree.

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

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