NMC Transfer Guide - MACRAO

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Secondary 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/advisingClick on Secondary Education, then Major/Minor Information to find the list and the WMU course requirements. 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 Secondary Provisional Certification are qualified to teach major/minor subjects in grades 6–12 in the state of Michigan. Business, Health, Art, Music, Foreign Language, and Physical Education majors result in K-12 certification.

Students applying to the Education program will be designated Pre-Education (PED) until numbers 1-6 of the following Admission Criteria are met. Once these requirements are met, students should apply to the Professional Education program - Secondary (See #7)


  1. Completion of at least 35 credit hours.
  2. Completion of WMU's Intellectual Skills requirements in Writing (satisfied by ENG 111 or 112); Math (minimally satisfied by MTH 23); Reading.
  3. Completion of ED 200 Introduction to American Education at WMU with a minimum of 2.5.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
  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
  8. Students must choose at least one teachable major and one teachable minor. For a list of teachable majors and minors see the content areas in secondary education .


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



Select 8 credits from Science/Math »

Please Note: ENV 270 may be used to complete MACRAO but the credits will not transfer to WMU.

Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology


Select one additional class - NOT PSY - from Social Science »


Select 8 credits from Humanities »



EDU 101

Intro to Teaching (not required by WMU but recommended to explore teaching)



Students completing MACRAO must MINIMALLY:

Compete MTH 23 Beginning Algebra at NMC
Pass the computational skills assessment test AT WMU

Completion of at least 64 credits, including those listed above, fulfills the requirements of NMC's Associate 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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