Applicants must submit an application packet which includes the following materials to be admitted:
The application packet may be submitted by mail or in-person to the:
Admissions and Certification Office
SVSU Regional Education Center
Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
If you need to obtain a copy of your (current or expired) teaching certificate to submit with your application, you may retrieve a copy though the Michigan Department of Education website. Go to the M.D.E.Certificate Search site and type in your name and print document.
Interested candidates seeking admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program are required to obtain written approval from the appropriate department chair or faculty advisor prior to submitting an application for admission to the graduate program. Candidates must complete the "Request for Admission" (31kB) form and submit it to the department chair or faculty advisor for review. If approval is granted, a photocopy of this document must be included in the application packet.
Applicants who have just completed a teacher preparation program at another institution and are in the process of being recommended for a teaching certificate do not complete the "Request for Admission" form. Those students must submit a letter from the recommending institution in the application packet confirming the candidate has completed all requirements for certification and will be recommended for a teaching certificate.
Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or have any outstanding criminal charges or warrants pending against them in Michigan or any other state or jurisdiction, will be required to submit a photocopy of the actual court documents indicating the crime of which they were convicted, dates and sentences imposed with their application materials. If criminal charges are pending, applicants will be required to submit a statement from the issuing court indicating court date and offense.
Students who have been convicted of (or pleaded no contest to) a felony will be required to meet with the Dean or Assistant Dean of the College of Education and the Chair of the Admissions and Review Committee before admission will be granted. It is strongly recommended that students schedule an appointment with the Dean or Assistant Dean prior to applying for admission and should bring their application and court documents (as stated above) with them the day of their scheduled meeting.
Admission to the SVSU College of Education does not guarantee certification by the State of Michigan. The SVSU College of Education cannot guarantee approval of any recommendation made to the State of Michigan for any type of certification. Final approval of a recommendation made by SVSU is granted only by the Michigan Department of Education based on their policies and procedures current at the time the recommendation for certification is made.
SVSU has the right to deny admission or dismiss any applicant who has been convicted of any felony or one of the following misdemeanors:
A resident student is defined as a student domiciled in Michigan for a period of at least six months, with the intention of making Michigan his or her permanent home, or entering Michigan from another state of residency for the purpose of accepting an offer of permanent employment in Michigan with the intention of making Michigan his or her permanent home.
A nonresident student is defined as one who is domiciled in another state or foreign country. A student shall not be considered domiciled in Michigan unless he or she is in continuous physical residence in Michigan and intends to make Michigan his or her permanent home, not only while in attendance at SVSU but indefinitely thereafter and has no domicile or interest to be domiciled in another state or country.
Applicants who have moved here for the purpose of permanent employment and have resided in Michigan for a period of six months or less and want to be considered for residency status must submit a letter from their employer on official letterhead with their application for admission. The letter must state the date of hire.
Complete details on SVSU 's residency policy is listed in the SVSU Catalog. International students attending SVSU on F-1 or J-1 visas will not be considered for residency status.
Applicants who hold a Green Card must submit a photocopy of the front of their Green Card or proof of permanent residency with their application to comply with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCI) regulations. If Green Card holders have been in Michigan less than six months, they will have to abide by the residency policy at SVSU current at the time application is made.