Are there any scholarships available for UECP/GECP students?

September 16, 2016

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 »

Are there any special requirements for cohort students regarding placement for classroom experiences?

September 16, 2016

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 »

What is a “new level” endorsement?

September 16, 2016

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.

What is a College of Education cohort program?

September 16, 2016

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 »

I was initially certified in another state. Have I met Michigan’s reading requirements?

September 16, 2016

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 »

Why might the processing of my application for the Provisional Certificate be delayed?

September 16, 2016

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 »

If I am planning to teach in another state, should I bother to become certified in Michigan?

September 16, 2016

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 »

After my internship is completed, what can be done to speed up the processing of my certification application?

September 16, 2016

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 »

What are the requirements for the Social Studies (RX) endorsement?

September 16, 2016

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 »