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Post-Baccalaureate Certification

​​​​​​​​​​Initial Post-Baccalaureate  Certification
The policy regarding Teacher Certification and/or Endorsement for Post-Baccalaureate Students is published in the CMU bulletin. On campus enrollment is required. 

The initial post-baccalaureate certification program at CMU is for those who already have a four-year non-teaching degree from an accredited institution and would like to pursue a Michigan teaching certificate for the PK-12 setting.  This is the same program followed by our traditional undergraduates, and all professional education sequence courses are available only on campus in Mount Pleasant during the "traditional" class hours of a Monday-Friday schedule. Time required to complete the program is dependent upon an individual's goal, your undergraduate program, and the your choice of teachable specializations (major and minor). The Center for Student Services Certification Officer will assist is determining length of program and timeline.

The evaluation process consists of our advisor reviewing your transcripts and determining accepted credits from your undergraduate coursework that are equivalent to courses needed on CMU's program. All competencies must be met following CMU's BS in Ed. degree standards. Students must also meet the minimum GPA requirements as well, which is at least a 3.0 on your undergraduate degree.

Your transcripts will also be reviewed for credits that can be counted as courses needed to fulfill the core teacher education program. 

The program is divided into four sections:
  1. General Education Requirements: It is necessary to have a completed Bachelor degree with a 3.0 or higher and a writing competency course with a B- or higher, as well as speech and mathematics competency courses.

  2. Other Requirements: Teacher education students must complete other course requirements that fulfill Michigan state standards. The courses vary based on elementary or secondary options.​

  3. Major/minor Coursework:  These will be reviewed by the faculty advisor.

  4. Professional Education Requirements: These are the professional education sequence courses and the Student Teaching experience.
Click here​ to view how to start the process, see major/minor options, general education requirements, other requirements and professional education requirements.

In addition to the above, the appropriate department faculty advisors are furnished with your transcripts and will review your major and minor courses and determine which, if any, prior courses may be used towards the major/minor you choose. The faculty will write a program listing any courses still needed to complete the major/minor following CMU's gu​idelines. At least a 2.70 GPA is required in any major and minor in order to student teach. (Please note that some individual major/minor departments require a higher GPA.  In that case, the department standards would apply.)

If you are interested in additional information, please review the Admission Checklist and Criteria specifically for admission to teacher education for a Post-Baccalaureate​, which outlines the requirements needed in order to be admitted into the teacher education program. You must have an appointment (by phone or in person) with our academic a​dvisor prior to applying for the teacher education program.  ​

**Please note that admission to CMU is required prior to admission to the Teacher Education program.

After reviewing the information, if you feel our program is for you, you may fax or email ​the Request for Post-Baccalaureate Transcript Evaluation Form.​ ​You will be contacted to set up the advising appointment.​​

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