The following requirements must be successfully completed prior to submitting an application to the Teacher Education Program:
All University Basic Skills requirements in mathematics, reading and writing
Minimum 3.0 grade point average based on the last 60 credit hours of university-level (credit earning) coursework. Letter grades associated with entry-level coursework will not be considered.
the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Examination (formerly the MTTC Basic Skills Test) with subareas in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, or Michigan Department of Education-approved alternative pass measures. MTTC scores must be submitted to SVSU electronically; select institution code #24 when registering so SVSU receives you scores. Consult the MTTC website for registration details. http://www.mttc.nesinc.com
72 credit hours (minimum) with a grade of “C” or better; the 72 credit hours must be applicable to the applicant’s College of Education certification program. Exception: Elementary Special Education and Early Childhood Education majors either must have successfully completed all courses for the Comprehensive Major or must successfully complete the Comprehensive Major the semester in which the application to the Teacher Education Program is submitted.
PSYC 100, General Psychology, or an approved equivalent, with a grade of “C” or better
For secondary-level candidates only: 15 credit hours in the content major and 9 credit hours in the content minor
The following may be in progress during the semester an application to the Teacher Education Program is submitted, but must be successfully completed by the end of the winter semester for fall semester admission consideration, or by the end of fall semester for winter admission consideration:
For elementary-level candidates only: PSYC 313, Child Development in Education, with a grade of “C” or better
For secondary-level candidates only: PSYC 315, Adolescent Psychology, or an approved equivalent, and PSYC 317, Educational Psychology, or an approved equivalent, with grades of “C” or better (Note: K-12 Music Education candidates are not required to take PSYC 315.)
Elementary and secondary undergraduate pre-education students must attend a mandatory Pre-Education Seminar prior to applying to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Please RSVP for an upcoming seminar at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance. Please be sure to include the date you plan to attend and your SVSU major.
Students must apply and be accepted into the Teacher Education Program prior to enrollment in 300-400 level professional studies courses. Applications are accepted by the College of Education during August and September to begin the program the following Winter Semester and during December and January to begin the program the following Fall Semester.
Applicants seeking admission to the program for Fall Semester, 2017 will use the College of Education’s Tk20 data management system to complete their application. The electronic application will be open between Friday, December 2, 2016 and Friday, January 20, 2017. The electronic application will close at 5:00 p.m. on January 20th and no additional revisions to the application will be allowed. Click here for the Tk20 Application Instructions (419kB).
Please read all of the instructions below before completing your application:
Completing a K-12 major? Submit the Secondary Education application form.
Majoring in Special Education? Elementary-level applicants should complete the Elementary application and Secondary-level applicants should complete the Secondary application.
1. Log in to Tk20 and complete the elementary or secondary application in its entirety.
2. Be prepared to upload the following documents into your electronic application (MS Word or PDF are acceptable):
a. A copy of your class schedule for the upcoming semester; SVSU students may obtain a copy from mySVSU; b. Candidates currently enrolled in any prerequisite course(s); e.g., PSYC 313 at another institution at the time of application must submit evidence of enrollment (class schedule) in the class(es); c. A copy of your MTTC Basic Skills or Professional Readiness test results in Math, Reading, and Writing. Only required if you did not request your scores to be sent to SVSU at the time you took the test(s); d. A copy of your summary of documented experiences with children and/or youth. e. If you answered “Yes” to any of the criminal conviction questions, a copy of all court documents which show the crime of which you were convicted, dates, and sentence(s) imposed must be uploaded with application. (Please see additional information at the bottom of these instructions); f. SVSU Criminal Background Check Information (self-disclosure form). A link to the form is embedded within the application in Tk20. g. LiveScan Fingerprint Request form. A link to the form is embedded within the application in Tk20; h. You will need to provide the name, title, and telephone number of three individuals who have agreed to serve as references for you in your online application. At least one reference should be from a full-time or part-time faculty member from a two- or four-year college/university. Other acceptable references could be individuals with whom you have had interaction through educational preparation in the last year; e.g., school administrators, teachers, etc.; i. Letters of recommendation are not required. However, if you would like to upload a letter with your application, you are welcome to do so.
After you have submitted your application in Tk20, contact Anne Reittenbach either in-person (GN 276), by phone 989-964-4646, or by email at email@example.com in the College of Education Dean’s Office to let her know your application is complete so that the processing can begin. Please do not make any changes to the application once you have confirmed completion with Anne. If you have changes you would like noted, please email Anne with the changes you need her to be aware of.
If you have not taken TE 100 or TE 101 at SVSU or completed one of these courses at SVSU prior to Spring Semester, 2015, you will be required to complete a writing sample as part of your application to the TEP. Anne will contact you after your application has been processed to schedule an appointment to come in to complete the writing sample. This process takes approximately 30 minutes in total. The writing sample must be finished before your application can be submitted to the Admission and Transitions Committee for an admission decision.
A criminal background check is required of all candidates who submit an application to the SVSU College of Education Teacher Education Program. This process is required by the school districts, public and private, to allow program candidates to participate in the fieldwork component of the program.
FINGERPRINTING PROCESS: November 1, 2017-December 15, 2017: If accepted to the program, new teacher candidates will use an online registration system to schedule their own appointment for fingerprinting at the location of their choice. Fingerprinting must be done between November 1, 2017 and December 15, 2017. The results must be received by the College of Education by no later than Friday, December 15, 2017 to be eligible to start the program Winter Semester, 2018. Detailed information will be emailed on how to schedule the fingerprinting in early October.
Fingerprinting previously completed for employement (e.g., substitute teaching) in any K-12 school is non-transferrable to SVSU.
If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or have any outstanding criminal charges or warrants pending against you in Michigan or any other state or jurisdiction, you will be required to submit court documents indicating the crime of which you were convicted, dates and sentences imposed with your application materials. If criminal charges are pending, you will be required to submit a statement from the issuing court indicating court date and offense.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program 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 is granted only by the Michigan Department of Education, based on the policies and procedures current at the time the recommendation for certification is made.
Any candidate admitted to the Teacher Education Program, is required to notify the Chair of the Admissions and Transitions Committee, should s/he be convicted of a crime in any state or jurisdiction after the initial background check is completed. Court documents indicating the crime for which a candidate is convicted, dates, and sentences imposed, and any information on pending criminal charges must be supplied by the candidate and will be reviewed by the SVSU Admissions & Transitions Committee. Based on a review of the conviction or pending criminal charges, the candidate may be subject to dismissal from the Teacher Education Program.