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The Connecting Link & CMU

​​​ The Connecting Link​​

Central Michigan University has an alliance with The Connecting Link (TCL), an educational training company that offers a wide range of professional development classes for educators, both online and site-based throughout Michigan. Through this alliance, K-12 teachers are able to enroll in TCL courses and earn three hours of graduate-level credit through CMU.​

Registration is handled through The Connecting Link. For a list of all courses available to teachers in Michigan, please visit

Credit Relevance to Recertification

The CMU graduate credit awarded for TCL courses is designed for use toward professional and provisional certificate renewal.  

TCL courses may not substitute for regularly designed courses in degree programs unless determined by the respective department.

CMU Credit Registration

TCL will provide you with CMU registration materials. An overview of the process follows:

  • You will need to complete the CMU credit registration form and the non-degree graduate admission application provided by TCL and return both forms to TCL. Note: If you are already a CMU graduate student, please consult with your academic advisor prior to enrolling in a TCL course to ensure that the course can be applied to your program plan.
  • TCL will send completed registration materials to CMU for processing and admission af​ter the course is completed.
  • Tuition for the CMU credit is inclusive of the TCL course fee.
  • Grade are posted online at CentralLink 4-6 weeks after the course end date. 

Contact Information

The Connecting Link
Phone: (888) 550-5465 (PST)

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