Students who want to pursue teacher certification and a bachelor's degree at EMU must first be admitted to the University.
For first-year, transfer, or re-enrollment admissions information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions website or call 1.800.GO.TO.EMU.
Phase I of the Initial Teacher Preparation Program
Admission requirements are now split into two phases, the Phase I application, and the Initial Teacher Preparation Program application. To apply online, complete the Phase I application.
- Completion of 56 credit hours
- Meet EMU grade point average (GPA) requirements 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 the major, based on at least one course. OR Transfer to EMU with 56 credits and a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- A grade of "C" or higher in the following courses (if taken) :
- Elementary: ENGL 121, CTAC 124, MATH 108, MATH 110E, PHY 100, ESSC 202, professional education courses, and if special education, PSY 101.
- Secondary: ENGL 121, CTAC 124 quantitative reasoning, one lab science, professional education courses, and if special education PSY 101.
- Passing at least one of the subareas of the Professional Readiness Exam, Basic Skills (BSK), ACT, SAT or Michigan Merit Exam.
- Official scores from the general SAT (If taken after March 1, 2016) with either a math minimum sub-score of 530 or Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing minimum sub-score of 480. Scores from the MTTC Basic Skills Test, Professional Readiness Exam, ACT, or Michigan Merit Exam may be used as well. See an advisor for details.
- Provide an ICHAT criminal background check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. A person may be denied admission based on a civil/criminal conviction issue. Students with issues will provide:
- A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
- A written explanation of the offense(s)
- Documentation of attendance at Group Advising Session
Full Admission to Teacher Preparation Program Candidacy
Full admission to Teacher Preparation Candidacy requires:
- Current Phase I admission.
- A grade of "C" or higher the curriculum class required for your major.
- A grade of “C” or higher in SOFD 328W.
- If elementary education, a grade of “C” or higher in RDNG 300.
- Official scores from the general SAT (taken March 1, 2016 or later) with a math minimum sub-score of 530 and Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing minimum sub-score of 480. Scores from the MTTC Basic Skills Test, Professional Readiness Exam, ACT, or Michigan Merit Exam may be used as well. See an advisor for details.
- A Dispositions Review from your curriculum instructor.
To apply online, complete the Application for Teacher Preparation Candidacy.
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 GPA of 2.50 or higher at EMU.
- Minor GPA of 2.0
- "C" or higher in all professional education classes, English, speech, math and science.
Students may not continue with courses in the next phase unless they meet these continuance standards.