NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Special Education-Elementary & Secondary

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 wmich.edu/education/advising. Click on Special Education, then Certification/Minor Information to find the list of specializations and the WMU 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)

After successful completion of the five-year WMU program and the state required BASIC skills test and subject area tests, students are recommended for the Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate with the appropriate special education endorsement.

Students applying to the education program will be designated Pre- Education (PED) until steps 1–7 of the following Admission criteria are met. Once these requirements are met students should apply to the Professional Education program – Special Education.


  1. Minimum GPA - 3.0 at the time of application.
  2. At least 56 semester hours must be attained or in progress at the time of application. You must apply by FEBRUARY 1 for the fall of the following year. (See #8)
  3. Completion of ED 250 Human Development with a minimum of 2.0. This may be satisfied at NMC by taking PSY 211 Developmental Psychology-Gr. 1 or CD 202 Human Growth & Development- Gr. 2. This course must be completed before the Feb. 1 application deadline.
  4. Completion of WMU's intellectual skills requirements in writing (satisfied by ENG 111 or 112), math (minimally satisfied by MTH 23), and reading.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 30 clock hours of documented experience with handicapped or disabled persons.
  6. 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 : 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.
  7. 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..
  8. Completion of two applications is required for admission to the Professional Education program by the FEBRUARY 1 deadline.
    1. Application to WMU – send to address on application well in advance of FEBRUARY 1 deadline.
    2. Application for College of Education and Human Development – send by FEBRUARY 1 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
  9. Students in a Special Education curriculum must also select an academic minor of 20-24 semester hours. A list of approved majors is located in the Special Education WMU transfer guide located at wmich.edu/education/advising/sped-cert-minors.html

NOTE: This is a competitive program with limited admissions. Completion of the above minimum PED requirements does not guarantee admission to the upper level Special Education program.

Basic Requirements

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 or 112

OR PLS 101

US History before 1865 or after 1865

OR Introduction to American Politics (this class is a Group 1 Social Science)


Select 1 course, not HST, if HST is chosen. Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Humanities if PLS is chosen »


Natural Science


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


Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology (unless CD 202 is chosen: see p. 1, #3 of this guide. If CD 202 is chosen, see below)


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Social Science list »
(1 class, not PSY if PSY 211 is chosen; 2 classes, from 2 different departments if CD 202 is chosen)



MTH 205

Math for Elementary Teachers I


MTH 206

Math for Elementary Teachers II (If Math minor chosen)


Additional Requirements


COM 111

Public Speaking


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: Fall 2014

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