UECP and GECP program participation is made visible on a student’s transcript when he or she is recommended for certification following the internship. Students must meet all UECP/GECP program requirements, including a program-specific internship placement.
The College of Education awards scholarship funds to an incoming freshman who has been admitted to Michigan State University and intends to pursue teacher certification in elementary, secondary or special education through participation in UECP or GECP. To be considered for this scholarship, students must be able to document financial need. Preference is given to… Read More »
UECP students are required to intern in an urban school district in Michigan or Chicago. Urban classroom experiences are incorporated throughout the teacher preparation program. GECP students engage in specialized field placements that provide culturally rich learning experiences. All GECP students are required to have at least one Global Experience, which can include participation in… Read More »
Any incoming freshman interested in elementary, secondary or special education is welcome to join a cohort program. All teachable majors are enthusiastically welcomed in these programs.
Students who participate in all cohort activities during their freshman and sophomore years and who meet the college’s minimum admissions standards (2.50 overall GPA, required scores on ACT or MTTC Professional Readiness Exam, successful completion of at least 28 credits by the semester in which they are fully admitted, etc.) are guaranteed admission during the sophomore year.
An additional endorsement is considered a new level endorsement when a secondary-level endorsement is added to an elementary certificate. Please see Adding a New Level Endorsement to an Existing Certificate for more information.
There are two cohort opportunities available to incoming freshmen who are interested in teaching as a career. The Urban Educators Cohort Program (UECP) is especially committed to preparing teachers who can address the needs of children and youth living in underserved and under-resourced communities. The Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP) is a specialized teacher preparation… Read More »
If your initial teacher preparation and certification occurred in another state, you will need to apply directly to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for a Michigan teaching certificate. The MDE will evaluate your transcript(s) to determine if you have already satisfied Michigan’s original reading requirement with appropriate coursework in reading instruction (this would usually… Read More »
Incomplete applications are processed after complete applications have been processed. For timely processing, all instructions given to interns during the spring Certification Meetings should be followed. Common errors include (a) failure to sign the CPR and First Aid cards/certificates and (b) failure to submit copies of both sides of those cards or the certificate. The… Read More »
Yes! Many states require that you be certified in your “home” state (i.e., the state in which you completed your teacher preparation program) before applying for a certificate/license in their state. Your Michigan teaching certificate also serves as a permanent record documenting your completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program. Many states have reciprocity agreements… Read More »
As you prepare to submit your application, be sure to follow all of the instructions you received during your spring Certification Meeting. Be sure you have included all required materials (see Requirements for Initial Teacher Certification for more information). You must sign your Adult/Child CPR and First Aid cards/certificates. You must submit a copy of… Read More »
You must see a teacher certification advisor in 134 Erickson to develop a plan for adding the RX endorsement. MSU students should schedule an appointment online. Teachers and others who are not MSU students should schedule an appointment by calling 517-353-9680 (this can be a telephone appointment). Requirements include: A total of 36-43 semester credits… Read More »
Holding the Social Studies (RX) endorsement makes a teacher highly qualified to teach Social Studies as well as History, Economics, Political Science, Geography, and Civics/Government without passing the individual Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in the sub-areas.
Consistent with “No Child Left Behind” legislation, a teaching major or minor in one of the Social Studies sub-areas (History, Economics, Political Science and Geography) does not qualify a teacher to teach Social Studies. For example, a teacher who is certified to teach History is not highly qualified to teach Social Studies or any of… Read More »
The “RX” Social Studies endorsement can be added to an existing elementary or secondary teaching certificate. It can also be added to an initial secondary Provisional Certificate as an extra teaching major if a student has a teaching major or minor in History. Social studies is a teaching major option for elementary education certification.