Graduate Certificate - Requirements for Teacher Certification

Program:
Requirements for Teacher Certification
Program Code:
TCIY_TGCT Teaching Cert Internship Year
Program Level:
GCRT
Award Type:
Teaching Cert Internship Year
College:
College of Education
Department:
Teacher Education


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.


College of Education

Department of Teacher Education

Teacher Certification
Requirements for Teacher Certification

Disciplinary Course Requirements and Pedagogy Course Requirements

For some majors, disciplinary courses in addition to, or in lieu of, the courses that are required for the bachelor’s degree in the disciplinary major are required for teacher certification. Furthermore, for some disciplines, additional pedagogy courses are required for teacher certification.

For additional information concerning disciplinary course requirements and pedagogy course requirements, refer to teacher certification options in the catalog sections for the colleges, departments, and schools that administer disciplinary majors that are available for teacher certification.

General–Liberal Education Requirements

The State of Michigan requires applicants for provisional certification to have completed at least 40 semester credits in a program of general or liberal education, which is designed to ensure that teachers understand the substance, concepts, and methods of the principal areas of human knowledge, and possess the skills essential to communication and inquiry in modern society. The courses used to fulfill the university’s Integrative Studies and Tier I writing requirements will count for 30 of the 40 credits required in general-liberal education.

Observation and Field Experience Requirements

Included in the requirements for teacher certification are courses that involve observations and field experiences in schools. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from observations and field experiences as well as any associated costs (e.g. transportation).

Teacher Certification Internship Year Studies Program

Persons may gain access to the Teacher Certification Internship Year Studies Program as follows:

1.  Elementary Teacher Certification:
  1. Students who complete the requirements for the bachelor’s degree with a major in child development, education, or special education along with the teaching major, and all elementary program requirements are thereby qualified to pursue the Internship Year Studies Program.
  2. Michigan State University students who were admitted to the Teacher Certification Program with a disciplinary major other than those referenced in item 1. a. above, who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, and who complete the requirements for teacher certification referenced in items 2. and 3. a. (1) through (3) in the section  “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below are thereby qualified to pursue the Internship Year Studies Program.
  3. Students who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at another educational institution, or who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University without having been admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, must meet the requirements referenced in the section “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below in order to be considered for admission to that program.

Students who plan to direct preschool programs must, and students who plan to teach children under five years of age should, meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Child Development (teacher certification emphasis) and meet the requirements referenced in items 3. a. (1) through (3) in the section “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below in order to be considered for admission to the Internship Year Studies Program.  Students who plan to teach kindergarten or early elementary grades may gain access to the Internship Year Studies Program via any one of the three alternatives referenced in item 1. above.

2.  Secondary Teacher Certification:

  1. Michigan State University students who were admitted to the Teacher Certification Program with a disciplinary major other than those referenced in item 1. a. above and those referenced in items 3. a. and b. below, who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, and who complete the requirements for teacher certification referenced in items 2. and 3. b. (1) through (3) in the section on “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below are thereby qualified to pursue the Internship Year Studies Program.
  2. Students who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at another educational institution, or who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University without having been admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, must meet the requirements referenced in the section on “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below in order to be considered for admission to that program.

3.  Secondary Teacher Certification K-12 Endorsed Subject Areas:
  1. Michigan State University students who were admitted to the teacher certification program with a music education disciplinary major and who complete the requirements for teacher certification referenced in items 2. and 3. b. (1) and (2) in the section on “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below are thereby qualified to pursue the Internship Year Studies Program.
  2. Michigan State University students who were admitted to the Teacher Certification Program with an art education disciplinary major, who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and who complete the requirements for teacher certification referenced in items 2. and 3. b. (1) and (2) in the section on “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below are thereby qualified to pursue the Internship Year Studies Program.
  3. Michigan State University students who were admitted to the Teacher Certification Program with a disciplinary major other than those referenced in items 2. and b. above, who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, and who complete the requirements for teacher certification referenced in items 2. and 3 b. (1) and (2) under the heading “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below are thereby qualified to pursue the Internship Year Studies Program.
  4. Students who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at another educational institution, or who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University without having been admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, must meet the requirements referenced in the section on “Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program” below in order to be considered for admission to that program.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program

All students seeking admission to the Internship Year Studies Program must have:

1. A baccalaureate degree from a recognized educational institution with a cumulative grade–point average of at least 2.5.
2. Passed all portions of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), Professional Readiness Examination (PRE), or demonstrated proficiency using approved alternative pass measures and completed the State of Michigan Department of Education’s technology requirement.
3. Completed the following undergraduate requirements for teacher certification:
a. Undergraduate Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification:
(1) The professional education courses listed in the “Undergraduate Professional Education Course Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification” section below.
(2) The Elementary Education Courses listed in the “Undergraduate Professional Education Course Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification” section below.
(3) Courses comprising a grade band concentration listed in the Undergraduate Professional Education Course Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification section below.
(4) The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses listed in the Undergraduate Professional Education Course Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification section below.
(5) Optional Additional Teaching Endorsements in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish.
b. Undergraduate Requirements for Secondary Teacher Certification:
(1) The Professional Education Courses listed below in the section on the “Undergraduate Professional Education Course Requirements for Secondary Teacher Certification.”
(2) An approved disciplinary major for secondary teacher certification, with a grade-point average of at least 2.5. The approved disciplinary majors for secondary teacher certification are listed below in the section on "Options for Acceptable Subject Matter Teaching Majors and Minors for Secondary Teacher Certification."
(3) An approved disciplinary teaching minor for secondary teacher certification, with a grade-point average of at least 2.5. The approved disciplinary teaching minors for secondary teacher certification and their requirements are listed below in the section on “Options for Acceptable Subject Matter Teaching Majors and Minors for Secondary Teacher Certification.
4. Earned a grade point average of 2.5 or above for pre-internship professional education courses required for teacher certification with no individual grade below 2.0.
5. Completed any disciplinary courses and pedagogy courses that are required in addition to the courses that are required for the disciplinary major and the courses that are referenced in item 3.a.(1) or 3.b.(1) above.
Any additional disciplinary courses and any additional pedagogy courses that are required for teacher certification are referenced in the sections on teacher certification options in the catalog sections for the colleges, departments, and schools that administer the disciplinary majors that are available for teacher certification.
6. Passed the required State of Michigan certification tests for elementary teaching or the appropriate major subject area test for secondary teaching.
7. Submitted a complete conviction disclosure form; and
8. Met professional criteria as specified by the College of Education.

Undergraduate Professional Education Course Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification

GPA Standards: All elementary teacher candidates must pass the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0. CEP 240, TE 101, TE 102, TE 150, TE 341, LIN 200 or LIN 401, TE 301, and TE 348. Within the Grade Three through Grade Six concentration: HST 301, HST 302, and ISE 301 must be passed with a minimum grade of 2.0.
a. Professional Education Courses (19 credits):
All of the following courses (19 credits):  
     CEP  240 Diverse Learners in Multicultural Perspectives  3
     TE  101 Social Foundations of Justice and Equity in Education 3
     TE  102 Pedagogy and Politics of Justice and Equity in Education  3
     TE  150 Reflections on Learning  3
     TE  341 Teaching and Learning of (Bi)Multilingual Learners  3
     TE  371 Justice and Equity Seminar I  1
     TE  372 Justice and Equity Seminar II  1
     TE  471 Justice and Equity Seminar III  1
     TE  472 Justice and Equity Seminar IV  1
b. Elementary Education Courses (25 or 26 credits):  
(1) All of the following courses (10 credits):  
        TE  100 Introduction to Early Childhood and Elementary Education  1
        TE  333 Social Studies for Young Learners (PK-6)  3
        TE  403 Teaching Science to Diverse Learners - Elementary  3
TE  404 Teaching of Social Studies to Diverse Learners-Elementary (W)  3
   (2) Language Acquisition and Development  
        One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        LIN  200 Introduction to Language  3
       LIN  401 Introduction to Linguistics  4
   (3) Literacy  
        Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
        TE  301 Children’s Literacy Development (W)  3
        TE  348 Reading and Responding to Children’s Literature  3
   (4) Mathematics  
        Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
         MTH  201 Elementary Mathematics for Teachers I  3
         MTH  202 Elementary Mathematics for Teachers II  3
         The completion of Mathematics 201 may satisfy the university mathematics requirement. Mathematics 201 and 202 are prerequisites for Teacher Education 406 or 406A and must be completed with a minimum grade-point of 2.0 prior to enrollment in Teacher Education 406 or 406A.  
c.  One of the following concentrations (21 to 29 credits):  
     Prekindergarten through Grade Three (29 credits):  
     All of the following courses:  
     HDFS  320 Interaction with Children in Groups  3
     HDFS  320L  Interaction with Children-Laboratory  1
     HDFS  321 Curriculum for Children (W)  3
     HDFS  321L  Curriculum for Children-Laboratory  1
     HDFS  424 Student Teaching in an Early Childhood Program  6
     TE  330 Science Curriculum for Young Learners (PK-3)  3
     TE  405A  Teaching Literacy to Diverse Learners I (PK-3)  3
     TE  405B  Teaching Literacy to Diverse Learners II (PK-3)  3
     TE  406A  Teaching Mathematics to Diverse Learners I (PK-3)  3
     TE  406B  Teaching Mathematics to Diverse Learners II (PK-3)  3
Grade Three through Grade Six (21 or 22 credits):  
     1. One of the following ethnic studies courses (3 or 4 credits):  
         AAAS  100 Pathways into AAAS  3
         AIIS  201 Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies  3
         CLS  201 Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies  3
         HST  208 Introduction to African History, Culture and Society  4
         HST  210 Modern East Asia  4
         HST  309 American Indian History: Precontact to the Present  3
         HST  310 African American History to 1876  3
         HST  311 African American History since 1876  3
       HST  312 African American Women  3
         HST  327 History of Mexican Americans in the United States  3
        HST  365 The Vietnam War  3
         HST  366 Modern Southeast Asia  3
         HST  371 Women and Gender in Asia  3
         HST  383 The Caribbean  3
         HST  384 Modern Mexico  3
         PLS  304 Minority Politics  3
         PLS  351 African Politics  3
         SOC  214 Social Inequality  3
         SOC  215 Race and Ethnicity  3
         SOC  375 Urban Sociology  3
         SSC  293 Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies  3
         TE  352 Immigrant Language and Culture  3
2. One of the following United States history courses (3 credits):  
      HST  301 Indigenous-European Encounters in North America  3
      HST  302 Revolutionary America  3
   3. One of the following arts integration courses (3 credits):  
      TE  430 Introduction to Arts in the Classroom  3
      TE  431 Learning through Drama  3
      TE  432 Learning through Movement  3
4. All of the following courses (12 credits):  
      ISE  301 Science for Elementary Schools  3
      TE  332 Science Curriculum for Upper Elementary Learners (3-6)  3
      TE  405 Teaching Literacy to Diverse Learners (3-6)  3
      TE  406 Teaching Mathematics to Diverse Learners (3-6)  3
d.  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (15 or 18 credits):  
Completion of this requirement along with TE 341 in 2. a. (1) and either LIN 200 or LIN 401 in 2. b. (2) satisfies the course requirements for the additional endorsement in English as a Second Language.
    (1) All of the following courses (12 credits):  
         LLT  307 Methods of Second and Foreign Language Teaching  3
         LLT  346 Pedagogical English Grammar for English Teachers  3
         LLT  361 Second and Foreign Language Learning  3
        TE  342 Teaching Methods for (Bi)multilingual Learners  3
   (2) Complete either (a) or (b) (3 or 6 credits):  
        (a)  ANP  420 Language and Culture  3
        (b)  COM  310 Intercultural Communication  3
              or            
             COM  320 Diversity and Communication  3
             LIN  471 Sociolinguistics  3
e.  Optional Additional Teaching Endorsements  
Students may elect to complete one or more optional disciplinary teaching minor(s), in addition to the required grade band concentration and English as a Second Language requirements. The following disciplinary teaching minors are available for prospective elementary school teachers.  
     Arabic    22
     Chinese    26
     French    24
     German    23
     Japanese    24
     Spanish    24
Requirements for the disciplinary teaching minors can be found in the section Requirements for the Disciplinary Teaching Minors in the section on TEACHER CERTIFICATION, below. Students wishing to complete one or more of the following optional disciplinary teaching majors, in addition to the grade band concentration and English as a Second Language requirements, should refer to Teacher Certification Options in the catalog sections for the colleges, departments, and schools that administer disciplinary majors that are available for teacher certification.  
     College of Arts and Letters:   
     Arabic    
     Chinese    
     French     
     German    
     Japanese    
     Spanish

Undergraduate Professional Education Course Requirements for Secondary Teacher Certification

1. The following Professional Education Courses (20 or 21 credits):
a. All of the following courses (20 credits):
TE 101 Social Foundations of Justice and Equity in Education 3
TE 150 Reflections on Learning 3
TE 302 Learners and Learning in Context - Secondary (W) 4
TE 407 Teaching of Subject Matter to Diverse Learners - Secondary (W) 5
TE 408 Crafting Teaching Practices - Secondary (W) 5
b. The following course if the teaching major and minor are in different subject matter:
TE 409 Crafting Teaching Practices in the Secondary Teaching Minor 1
The pedagogy courses that are required for students with a disciplinary major in music education are specified in the section  on TEACHER CERTIFICATION OPTIONS in the College of Music section of this catalog.  Students with a disciplinary major in music education must complete Teacher Education 150, Teacher Education 250, Teacher Education 302 and Music 277 to be considered for admission to the Music Education student teaching experience. Teacher Education 409 is required if the student pursues a minor. It is not required of the major.
Students with a disciplinary major in art education must complete Studio Art 481 and 482 in lieu of Teacher Education 407 and 408.

Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program

The section on admission to the Internship Year Studies Program pertains to all students who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at another educational institution, or who complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University without having been admitted to the Teacher Certification Program.

The number of students admitted to the Internship Year Studies Program is established by the university. Enrollment in the program is limited. The criteria and procedures for the selection of students for admission to the Internship Year Studies Program are established by the College of Education.

Requirements for the Internship Year Studies Program

1. All of the following Professional Education Courses (24 credits):
TE 501 Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners I 6
TE 502 Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners II 6
TE 801 Professional Roles and Teaching Practice I 3
TE 802 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I 3
TE 803 Professional Roles and Teaching Practice II 3
TE 804 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice II 3
2. For those pursuing optional additional discipline-specific teaching endorsements, one credit of TE 503 must be taken for each additional teaching endorsement earned.
3. Meet all professional standards for the internship year as specified by the College of Education.

Students with a music education disciplinary major must complete approved alternative courses in lieu of Teacher Education 501, 502, 801, 802, 803, and 804.

Students with a special education disciplinary major who are seeking both teacher certification and endorsement in learning disabilities must complete Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education 502A, 801A, 802A, 803A, and 804A in lieu of Teacher Education 502, 801, 802, 803, and 804.  Those courses contain disciplinary content, as well as pedagogical content.  Therefore, those courses are also counted toward the requirements for endorsement in the area of learning disabilities.  Students who completed Teacher Education 502, 801, 802, 803, and 804 and who are seeking endorsement in learning disabilities must complete Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education 502A, 801A, 802A, 803A, and 804A.

Internship Placements

Students seeking teacher certification are required to complete extended internships during the Internship Year Studies Program. Interns who desire to be placed in secondary schools must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) subject tests in their teaching majors. Elementary interns, including Special Education and Child Development majors, must pass, at minimum, the MTTC tests appropriate to their grade band concentration. For the full criteria to be admitted to the internship year, see Prerequisites for Admission to the Internship Year Studies Program

Although students are given an opportunity to express their preferences concerning possible internship placement sites, the placement of students in internships is the sole responsibility of the College of Education.  The College will not honor student-arranged internship placements.

Each student’s subject areas, the availability of field instructors, the voluntary willingness of schools to accept interns and visitors, and the College’s commitment to providing service to public schools are considered in internship placement decisions.  Given the number of factors that influence internship placement decisions, the College cannot guarantee that placements will be available in the vicinity of East Lansing or in a location that a student prefers.

Students are responsible for their transportation to and from internships.  Students are responsible for costs associated with internships; e.g., moving to and living in the community in which a student’s internship placement is located.

For additional information, students should contact the faculty who are responsible for internship placements.

Relationship of the Internship Year Studies Program to Master’s Degree Programs

Students may be admitted to the Internship Year Studies Program without being admitted to a master’s degree program. Students who are admitted to both the Internship Year Studies Program and a master’s degree program may pursue both programs simultaneously and may be allowed to apply 800–level courses from the Internship Year Studies Program to their master’s degree with the approval of the units that administer the master’s degree program.

Students in any master's program in the College of Education may apply a maximum of 12 credits earned through any combination of courses taken through lifelong education, graduate certification, or in transfer from another institution. Each program may determine if courses are appropriate for the master's program and may allow fewer than 12 credits to be applied to the specific master's program.

For additional information about the 800–level courses that are required for the Internship Year Studies Program, refer to the section on “Requirements for the Internship Year Studies Program.”