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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.

Students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Completion of 56 credit hours
  • Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
    • An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major. The Elementary Education Major is comprehensive, therefore, the elementary major GPA is based on the cumulative of liberal arts curriculum and content course work.
    • Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
  • A grade of "C" or higher (if taken) in the following courses:
    • If Secondary: ENGL 121, CTAC 124, Quantitative Reasoning (GEQR), one lab science, all professional education courses, and, if special education, PSY 101.
    • If Elementary: ENGL 121, CTAC 124, MATH 108, MATH 110E, PHY 100, ESSC 202, all of the professional education courses, all courses that state "for elementary teachers," and, if special education, PSY 101.
  • Official Test Scores showing competency in each of the following areas: mathematics, reading and writing.  Scores are accepted from the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE), Basic Skills Test (no longer offered), ACT, or Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The following scores are acceptable:
    • Mathematics: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT mathematics 22 or higher, or MME mathematics 1116 or higher.
    • Writing: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT combined English/writing 24 or higher, or MME writing 1129 or higher.
    • Reading PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT reading 22 or higher, or MME reading 1108 or higher.
  • ICHAT criminal background check, and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will need to provide:
    • A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
    • A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.

Meet academic, social, moral, and financial obligations as a member of the EMU community.

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

Students must maintain a:

  • Cumulative EMU GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • Major (or three minor) GPA of 2.50 or higher at EMU.
  • "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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