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Questions? Email COE the Advising Center at coe_advising@emich.eduInitial Teacher Preparation Program

Admission Criteria

In order to apply to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program, you must be admitted to EMU and have completed 56 credit hours. The minimum application requirements are listed below. Once you submit your Teacher Preparation Program application and other required materials, it usually takes two weeks to be notified of an admission decision. It is best to avoid the rush at the beginning and end of each semester.

Applications for the Initial Teacher Preparation Program at EMU are available within your my.emich account under the "Student" tab. Submit your completed application to the Office of Academic Services once you have earned 56 credit hours. Continue reading below for full requirements.

The Office of Academic Services accepts applications all year long. Students must be admitted by the time their Phase I classes begin. Keep in mind your major and minor are not official until you have been admitted to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program. We strongly encourage you to gain admission as soon as you have completed 56 credit hours.

In addition to the 56 credit hour requirement, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least 12 credit hours from EMU. You may apply to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program if you transfer with 56 credit hours, have a cumulative 3.0 GPA from your previous institutions(s), and have passed the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (formerly known as the Basic Skills Test).
  • A cumulative EMU GPA of 2.50 or higher. Transfer grades are not used in the calculation.
  • A major (or three minor) GPA at EMU of 2.50 or higher. Transfer grades are not used in the calculation. The student needs to have at least one class from the major (or three minors) completed at EMU in order to have a major (or three minor) GPA.
  • A grade of "C" or higher (if taken) in the following courses:
    • Secondary: ENGL 121, CTAC 124, quantitative reasoning, one lab science, all professional education courses, and PSY 101 if special education major.
    • Elementary: ENGL 121, CTAC 124, MATH 108, MATH 110E, PHY 100. CHEM 101, ESSC 202, all of the professional education courses, all courses that state "for elementary teachers," and PSY 101 if special education major.
  • Proof of passing scores on all three sections of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Examination.
  • Freedom from civil/criminal conviction issues, academic probation, or administrative probation. If you answer yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will provide:
    1. A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, Registrar of Actions or Certification of Conviction in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF).
    2. A copy of your written explanation of the offense(s) in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF).* Students with civil criminal conviction issues will be carefully reviewed before an admission decision is made.
  • Self-evaluation of professional behaviors.
  • Meeting academic, social, moral and financial obligations as a member of the EMU community.
  • Completion of a Criminal Background Check, available at www.michigan.gov/ichat. This background check is available for a nominal fee. The results of the background check must be submitted in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF).* Click HERE for detailed instructions on completing the ICHAT process, and turning the results into a PDF file.

*If you have printed documentation to submit with your application, you will need to scan that paperwork and save it in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). To convert a webpage or word processing document into Adobe Acrobat format (PDF), please follow the directions below.

Windows

If you are using an EMU computer, you should have a printer installed on your computer titled, "PrimoPDF". If not, visit this website to download and install the PrimoPDF printer driver. The purpose of this "printer" is to turn anything that can be printed into a PDF. Once installed, follow steps one-through-three below:

  1. Choose to print your document or webpage. From the print dialogue box, select the "PrimoPDF" printer as your chosen printer for this print job, and then click the "Print" button.
  2. In the PrimoPDF dialogue box that comes up, select the "Print" radio button. In this same dialogue box, you can select where you want to save the PDF file, by clicking the browse button (the button with the […] in it). Here you can also give the file a name. Once you've set the location and the name of the file, click the "Save" button.
  3. Finally, click the OK button. A PDF file is saved to the location you selected.

Mac

  1. Choose to print your document or webpage. From the print dialogue box, select the "PDF" pop-up in the lower-left corner, and choose the "Save As PDF…" menu item.
  2. Select the save location and name your document, then click the "Save" button. A PDF file is saved to the location you selected.

Students must meet all of the admission requirements at the time of application. There is no conditional or probationary admission to the program.

Please visit the Advising section for more information about group and individual advising.

Admission to the Undergraduate Programs in Special Education

You must first be admitted to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program before applying for admission to the undergraduate program for special education.

For all programs, EXCEPT Speech-Language Impaired:

For admission to the Speech -Language Impaired Program:

More information about admission to the program areas and an application form at www.emich.edu/coe/sped/resources.html

Please visit the Advising section for more information about group and individual advising.

More about Classes Taken Prior to Admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program

You do not need to take EDPS 322 and SPGN 251 before applying to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program. However, if you do, you must earn a C or better to be admissible. Also, EDPS 322 is a prerequisite to SOFD 328W, CURR 304/305, and EDPS 340 and ECE 341. Therefore you will need to take EDPS 322 before you can register for the others. You can do this before applying to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program, or immediately after. You should also plan to register for SPGN 251 as soon as possible, before or right after you get admitted to the teacher preparation program.

You do not need to take your science, mathematics, English and speech courses before applying to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program, but you need to move through these courses as quickly as you can. It is recommended you complete all these before applying to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program. Remember, if you do, you must earn a C or better to be admissible.

After Admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program

You will be asked to show your Initial Teacher Preparation Program admission card at the first class meeting of each of your Phase I - IV courses and for student teaching.

Students must maintain:

  • A cumulative EMU GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • A major (or three minor) GPA of 2.50 or higher at EMU.
  • A "C" or higher in all professional education classes.

Students may not continue with courses in the next phase unless they meet these continuance standards.

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