Elementary Education

NMC Transfer Guide - MACRAO

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: http://www.wmich.edu/education/advising. 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: cehd-advising@wmich.edu .

You may also contact for questions: Christine Robinson, Director of Advising, College of Education and Human Development, coe-advising@wmich.edu, (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 cehd-advising@wmich.edu . We also encourage you to meet with a WMU advisor early in your WMU program. Visit their website for advising meeting options:  wmich.edu/education/advising .

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, "MACRAO AGREEMENT 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.

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


ENG 111, 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)




Select 1 LECTURE/LAB course from Group 1 Science/Math list »

AST 109

Planetary Astronomy (Integrated Science only)


CHM 150 

General Chemistry I (MTH 111 Pre-req) (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 (3) or CD 202 (5) Early Childhood Education-Gr. 2 (required prior to application to education program - see notes above)


PLS 101

Intro to American Poliltics


GEO 109

World Regional Geography




MTH 23

Beginning Algebra (Meets WMU math requirement and is the pre-requisite for math for elementary teachers at WMU.)


MTH 111

Intermediate Algebra (Required for NMC's ASA with MACRAO but math for elementary teachers at WMU meets WMU math requirement.)


EDU 101

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


Completion of at least 64 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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