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Admission Requirements for Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

Students may be accepted into the post-baccalaureate teacher certification program in any of EMU's three semesters. Keep in mind that the application process for full admission can be lengthy. Although it is not a requirement, it is in your best interest to send materials at least two months before you wish to register for classes. Registration for Spring, Summer and Fall semesters begins in April. Registration for Winter semester begins in November.

  • Post-baccalaureate Admission

    To apply to the Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification program, send the following to the Eastern Michigan University Office of Admissions:

    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Earned four-year, baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, or a 3.0 in a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
      • If an applicant has between a 2.0 and a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA, shows competency in at least one of the test areas (mathematics, reading and/or writing), and meets all other admission conditions, then the applicant may be admitted as a Post-bachelor’s Non-degree student. The non-degree student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at EMU, selected with an advisor, and earn at least a 2.5 GPA (C or higher must be earned in all classes) in order to apply for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program.
    • EMU undergraduate application and non-refundable application fee at Eastern Michigan University Office of Admissions.
    • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Department Application for Admission (in packet).
    • Signed “Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions” (in packet) and explanation and court documents, if necessary.
    • Printed results from a Michigan State Police Background check: ($10 fee).
    • Personal statement (1-2 pages typed and double-spaced). A typical personal statement would include career goals as well as education and experiences with children or youth.
    • One letter of recommendation from a professional source. It is preferable that the recommendation come from a professional who can speak to the applicant’s ability or potential to work with children or youth and should be on writer’s organization letterhead. Personal recommendations are not appropriate.
    • Send PBTC application materials to: EMU Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 921, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, [email protected]

    Once the Office of Admissions receives all of the required documents, your file will be forwarded to the College of Education (COE) for an admission decision. At no time is admission to the Teacher Preparation Program guaranteed until the appropriate representative of the COE grants approval.

  • Non-degree Admission

    If you do not have all your application materials ready, but would like to get started on a few general education, major/minor courses and/or the first set of professional education classes (referred to as the Pre-admission Phase), then you can apply as a "post-bachelor's non-degree" student.

    This requires an undergraduate application to the EMU's Office of Admissions, application fee, and an official transcript from the institution at which you earned your bachelor's degree. This admission status is only meant to help you get started. You will need to complete the formal admission process at your earliest convenience.

    Post-bachelor's non-degree status does not qualify a student to apply for federal or state financial aid. Alternative loans may be available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid, 734.487.0455, for more information.