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 Elementary Education, then Content Major/Minor Guides to find the list and the WMU course requirements by year. Some of these will differ from this guide. If you were following a different guide than this one, please consult with Laura Ciccantell ( see #6, c).

Students completing requirements for the Michigan Elementary Professional Certificate are qualified to teach all subjects in grades K–8 in self-contained classrooms as well as major/minor subjects in grades 6–8 in departmentalized classrooms in the State of Michigan.

Students applying to the Education program will be designated Pre Education (PED) until steps 1–6 of the following Admission Requirements are met. Once these requirements are met, students should apply to the Professional Education program – Elementary (see #7).


  1. Completion of at least 35 credit hours of college level work.
  2. Completion of WMU's Intellectual Skills requirements in writing (satisfied by ENG 111,112) math (minimally satisfied by MTH 23) and reading.
  3. Completion of ED 2500 (Human Development) with a minimum 2.5. This may be satisfied at NMC by taking PSY 211 Developmental Psychology-Gr.1 or CD 202 Human Growth and Development-Gr. 2.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall by the time of application.
  5. Successful completion of all 3 subtests of the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) (#96) of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).  Students may be able to use ACT or MME scores to complete one or more of the PRE subtests. More information is available at : http://wmich.edu/education/certification/mttc-pre.html or by contacting the WMU advising office see #6, c. To avoid program delays, the PRE should  be passed 1 year prior to WMU enrollment. An October test date of Freshman year is recommended by WMU.

  6. Completion of a WMU approved background check and submission of any required documentation; and submission of a formal application to the Office of Admissions and Advising, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5275..

  7. Completion of two applications is required for admission to the Professional Education program.
    1. Application to WMU: send to address on application.
    2. Application for College of Education and Human Development: send to Office of Admissions and Advising, College of Education and Human Development, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., 24214 Sangren Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5275
    3. Contact for questions: Laura Ciccantell, Director of Advising, College of Education and Human Development, coe-advising@wmich.edu, (269) 387-3474


Completion of the BASIC requirements as listed at NMC will fulfill most of the general requirements at WMU. WMU requires two additional General Education courses at the 300-400 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"



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 (Required for Language Arts minor)




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

AST 109

Planetary Astronomy (Integrated Science Majors and Minors)


CHM 150 

General Chemistry I (Integrated Science Majors and Minors)


ENV 104

Life of the Past (Integrated Science Majors)


ENV 131

Oceanography (Integrated Science Majors)


MTH 205

Math for Elementary Teachers I


MTH 206

Math for Elementary Teachers II


Social Science


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 Poliltics


SOC 113

Cultural Anthropology


GEO 109

World Regional Geography




ART 252

Art Education


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: Fall 2014

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