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Coursework
​​​Coursework
In order to be eligible for admission to the teacher education program, you must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours of post-secondary credit from a regionally accredited institution. However, for many students 45 credit hours will be too soon for admission, so you will want to meet with an advisor to determine when the best time is for you. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 is required for admission. The GPA will be calculated on the student’s cumulative CMU or at regionally accredited institutions. Effective January 1, 2014, the acceptance of a student using a minimum of the most recent 45 graded semester hours GPA will no longer be used for admission to teacher education. 

Teacher education program admission required coursework includes:
  • EDU 107 (or equivalent): B or better
  • ENG 101 or ENG 201 (or equivalent): B- or better
  • Oral English competency: C or better
  • Mathematics competency: C or better

If minimum grade is not met, you must retake 
the courses to earn the required gradefor admission:
Students may attempt a course no more than three times, according to the repeat course policy in the Undergraduate Bulletin. This includes transfer credit as well as attempts at CMU where the student was awarded a grade of A through E, or CR, NC, I, W, X, or Z.

If you have passed the CLEP exams, competency exams or earned AP credit in competency courses, you have completed the requirements. Competencies represent basic skills and are used throughout your college career. They are required to be completed by 56 credit hours.

Official transcripts from other accredited institutions must be turned in to the Registrar's Office ​prior to admission.


If you are pursuing an elementary teaching certificate, you must take these prerequisite courses before you can take the professional education sequence courses:

  • EDU 107
  • EDU 280 or HDF 100 or PSY 220* (C+ or better)
  • EDU 290
  • MTH 151
    *Note: PSY 100 is a prerequisite for PSY 220 and you must take PSY 220 if you are following a program in Special Education 

If pursuing a secondary teaching certificate, EDU 107 is required before taking your professional education sequence courses. The following courses are highly recommended:

  • HDF 100 or PSY 220* (C+ or better)
  • EDU 290**
    *Note: PSY 100 is a prerequisite for PSY 220 and you must take PSY 220 if you are following a program in Special Education 
    **Note: EDU 290 is not required for Music Education students.

Coursework Grade Minimums
A “C+” (2.30) is the minimum acceptable grade in the following courses: 
  • All professional education courses (EDU designators), except EDU 107 which requires a B
  • All Pre-Student Teaching, Student Teaching, and methods courses. 
  • All courses that are approved as substitutes for professional education courses. 
  • All “incomplete” must be replaced with a “C+” (2.30) grade or better. 
  • See list of professional education and departmental methods/Pre-Student Teaching courses requiring a “C+” (2.30) grade minimum.

If you don't earn the required grade, you will need to repeat the course. Contact the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development at 989-774-3975 to reschedule and re-register.
List of Course Grade Minimums​


EDU 107: Introduction to Teaching
What is EDU 107?
This is the course that decides if teaching is right for you! This required course is the first in a series of courses taken by all teacher candidates and incorporates both group activities and field components to give you a realistic view of teaching.  

The fieldwork requirement: 
For the field requirement, you must complete 10-15 hours of field observation in a PK-12 classroom during the semester you take this course 
  • General EDU 107 requires 10 hours
  • Honors EDU 107 requires 15 hours).
This course is required for admission into the teacher education program and helps you determine if you are interested in the elementary or secondary​ program. Concepts covered in EDU 107 create your knowledge base for teaching and 
you will encounter these concepts throughout the program.

Getting started:
  • Enroll in EDU 107 as early as possible in your program. 
  • If you're a transfer student: take an equivalent course prior to enrolling at CMU or take EDU 107 during your first semester at CMU. All EDU 107 equivalency and transfer-related matters from a university other than on the transfer equivalency list should be discussed with the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development at 989-774-3976.
    • Note: Your EDU 107 grade/credit is valid for seven years.
    • You must earn a grade of "B" (3.00) or better in EDU 107 or its equivalent to be considered for admission to teacher education. This course can be repeated in compliance with university policy as stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Credit

After successfully completing your teacher education program at your Career Technical Education center, you’ll earn free credit for EDU 107.

What you'll need

  1. Minimum grade of B (3.0 out of a 4.0 scale)
  2. Complete all 12 segments of the CTE Education program
  3. Take (do not have to pass) all three sections of the Professional Readiness Exam (MDE MTTC Exam Code 096)
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