NMC Transfer Guide

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Special Education-Elementary & Secondary

Fall 2013.  Program is currently being revised for Fall 2014.

Students completing majors in the Department of Special Education may select one area of specialization:

  1. Emotional Impairment and Learning Disabled
  2. Cognitive Impairment and Learning Disabled

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 - 2.5 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 #7)
  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 or CD 202 Human Growth & Development. 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 (satisfied by transferring a minimum of 26 credit hours).
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 30 clock hours of documented experience with handicapped or disabled persons.
  6. Students must pass the Professional Readiness Exam (#96). For information contact WMU at (269)387-3474. To avoid program delays, PRE is to be taken 1 year prior to WMU enrollment. An October test date of Freshman year is recommended by WMU. SEND OFFICIAL SCORES TO WMU.
  7. Criminal background check.
  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
      2421 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. Approved minor selections are listed in the WMU catalog, available in the NMC Counseling Center. In consultation with WMU and an NMC counselor, students may select elective credits which will apply to their chosen minors.

OPTION 1: Special Education K-12: Elementary Endorsement

  1. Emotional Impairment & Learning Disabled OR Cognitive Impairment & Learning Disabled Major
  2. Select one of the following minors: French, German, Elementary Language Arts, Elementary & Middle School Math, Elementary Integrated Science, or Spanish. Early Childhood may be chosen as a second minor only.

You can receive an Elementary Education Certificate and will be certified for K-12 Special Ed in your areas, K-5 in all subjects, 6-8 grade in your minor, and K-8 in all subjects in self-contained classroom.

OPTION 2: Special Education K-12: Elementary Endorsement: Secondary Endorsement in Minor

  1. Emotional Impairment & Learning Disabled OR Cognitive Impairment & Learning Disabled Major
  2. Select one of the following minors and meet with the minor advisor: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Geography, History, French, German, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Math, Physics, Political Science

You will receive an Elementary Education Certificate and will be certified for K-12 grade Special Education in your areas, K-5 in all subjects, 6-12 in your minor and K-8 grade in all subjects in self-contained classroom.

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.


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. Upon request at the NMC Records Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MACRAO AGREEMENT SATISFIED".



ENG 111, 112

English Composition




Click here to select Science/Math choices



If Integrated Science minor is chosen, take these science classes:

AST 119/L



CHM 150/L/R

General Chemistry


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,
you will need to pick two more SS from link below)


Click here to select addl. Social Science choices to = 8 credits
(1 class, not PSY if PSY 211 is chosen; 2 classes, one not PSY if CD 202 is chosen to meet admission requirement #3)



HST 111

U.S. History to 1865


HST 112

U.S. History Since 1865


Click here to select 3-4 credits from Humanities, not HST




MTH 106

Math for Elementary Teachers I


MTH 206

Math for Elementary Teachers II (If Math minor chosen)


COM 111

Public Speaking


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:  Summer 2013


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