Graduate Certificate - Requirements for Teacher Certification

Program:
Requirements for Teacher Certification
Program Code:
6704 Teaching Cert Internship Year
Program Level:
Graduate Certification
Award Type:
Teaching Graduate Certificate
Start Term:
FS06
College:
College of Education
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


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.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

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, pedagogy courses in addition to, or in lieu of, the following courses are required for teacher certification: Teacher Education 150, 301, 403, 404, 405, 406, 501, 502, 801, 802, 803, and 804; Teacher Education 250 or Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education 240.

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,  Planned Program for Elementary Education 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 and Planned Program Course Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification” section below.
(2) The Planned Program for Elementary Education listed in the “Undergraduate Professional Education and Planned Program Course Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification” section below.
(3) The following requirements for subject matter teaching preparation:
A given course may not be counted toward the credit requirements for both the required elementary teaching major and the Planned Program for Elementary Education.  
(a) One of the four approved teaching majors for elementary teacher certification (language arts, social studies, mathematics, and integrated science), with a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  The teaching majors are described below in the section “MSU Subject Matter Teaching Majors for Teacher Preparation and Certification” and their requirements are listed in the section ”Requirements for the Teaching Majors.”
(b) An optional disciplinary major for elementary teacher certification, in addition to the required teaching major with a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  The approved disciplinary majors for elementary teacher certification are listed below in the section on “Options for Acceptable Subject Matter Teaching Majors and Minors for Elementary Teacher Certification.” Courses for an optional disciplinary major or a Second Teaching Major may be double-counted with the required teaching major and the Planned Program for Elementary Education.
(c) Optional disciplinary teaching minors for teacher certification, in addition to the required teaching major, with a grade-point average of at  least 2.5.  The approved disciplinary teaching minors for elementary teacher certification and their requirements are listed below in the section on “Options for Acceptable Subject Matter Teaching Majors and Minors for Elementary Teacher Certification.” Courses for an optional teaching minor may be double-counted with the required teaching major and the Planned Program for Elementary Education.
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 and Planned Program Course Requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification
All courses are required unless otherwise stated. Some of the courses below are also required for or applicable to the Elementary Teaching Majors but the Planned Program must total at least 20 credits that are not double-counted with the required teaching major.
GPA Standards: All elementary teacher candidates must pass each Elementary Planned Program and Professional Education course with a minimum grade of 2.0.
a. Professional Education Courses (21 credits):
(1) All of the following courses (21 credits):
TE 150 Reflections on Learning 3
TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions 3
TE 301 Literacy, Learners, and Learning in Context – Elementary (W) 3
TE 403 Teaching of Science to Diverse Learners – Elementary 3
TE 404 Teaching of Social Studies to Diverse Learners – Elementary 3
TE 405 Teaching of Language and Literacy to Diverse Learners - Elementary 3
TE 406 Teaching of Mathematics to Diverse Learners - Elementary 3
Students with a major in Special Education are required to complete Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education 240 in lieu of Teacher Education 250.
Students with a major in child development are required to complete Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education 240 in lieu of Teacher Education 250.
b. Planned Program for Elementary Education (minimum of 20 credits):
(1) Both of the following mathematics 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 also satisfy the university mathematics requirement. These courses are required for the Elementary Mathematics Teaching Major in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program. Mathematics 201 and 202 is a prerequisite for Teacher Education 406 and must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 prior to enrollment in Teacher Education 406.
(2) The following course in children's literature (3 credits):
TE 348 Reading and Responding to Children's Literature 3
This course is required for the Language Arts Teaching Major in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program. Teacher Education 348 is a prerequisite for Teacher Education 405 and must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 prior to enrollment in Teacher Education 405.
(3) One of the following language acquisition and development courses (3 or 4 credits):
CSD 333 Oral Language Development 3
ENG 302 Introduction to English Language Studies 3
LIN 200 Introduction to Language 3
LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4
Language Arts Elementary Teaching Majors may count one of the above courses toward the major, in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program.
Special education majors must take Communicative Sciences and Disorders 333, which is also required for the learning disabilities area of emphasis. This course will count toward the major requirements.
(4) The following science in elementary schools course (3 credits):
ISE 301 Science for Elementary Schools 3
This course is waived for the Integrated Science Teaching Major. Integrated Science Education 301 is a prerequisite for Teacher Education 403 and must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 prior to enrollment in Teacher Education 403.
(5) The following U.S. history course (4 credits):
HST 202 U.S. History to 1876 4
This course is required for the Social Studies Teaching Major, in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program.
(6) The following geography course (3 credits):
GEO 204 World Regional Geography 3
This course is required for the Social Studies Teaching Major, in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program.
(7) One of the following arts courses (4 credits):
IAH 208 Music and Culture (I) 4
IAH 209 Art, the Visual, and Culture (D) 4
IAH 241A Creative Arts and Humanities: Music and Society in the Modern World (D) 4
IAH 241C Creative Arts and Humanities: Cultural and Artistic Traditions of Europe (I) 4
IAH 241D Creative Arts and Humanities: Theater and Society in the West (I) 4
IAH 241E Creative Arts and Humanities: The Creative Process (D) 4
IAH 241F Creative Arts and Humanities: Traditions in World Art I (I) 4
Students may use Integrative Arts and Humanities 208 or 209 to satisfy the IAH “A” component and Integrative Arts and Humanities 241A, 241C, 241D, 241E or 241F to satisfy the IAH “B” component of the University’s Integrative Studies requirement in Arts and Humanities. (4 credits may count toward both the Planned Program and the University’s Integrative Studies requirement in Arts and Humanities).
(8) One of the following creative arts courses (3 credits):
MUS 463 Methods and Materials of Elementary Music 3
TE 430 Introduction to Arts in the Classroom 3
TE 431 Learning through Drama 3
TE 432 Learning through Movement 3
THR 421 Creative Dramatics 3
THR 422 Children's Theatre 3
Language Arts Teaching Majors may apply one of these courses to the Language Arts requirements, in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program.
(9) The following health and physical education course (3 credits):
KIN 355 Physical Activity and Health Education for Elementary Teachers 3

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 150 Reflections on Learning 3
TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions 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. 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 who fulfill all of the requirements for a Master of Arts degree with a major in Communicative Sciences and Disorders will have completed the courses that are required in lieu of Teacher Education 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 test in Elementary Education prior to placement in grades K-5. 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.”