May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-Baccalaureate/Master’s-Level Teacher Certification, Elementary Certification

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Certification Requirements for Post-Baccalaureate/ Master’s-Level Students

Elementary Certification Requirements

Students must take sufficient course work in three areas to be eligible for Michigan elementary certification: (1) professional education courses, (2) subject content majors or minors, and (3) planned program minor.

Professional Education Courses

Listed below are the required graduate professional education courses for Michigan elementary-teaching credentials which must be taken. If students have taken the undergraduate-level course, they do not need to repeat the graduate-level course. Graduate-level students who are qualifying for certification and wish to apply credit to a graduate degree must select courses at the graduate level.


* For students with appropriate and verified teaching experience, some student-teaching credit by examination for student-teaching may be granted. Requests for such credit should be made after consultation with the Department of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum on forms available at that office. This should be done before applying for student teaching.

  • All candidates qualifying for Adventist certification must have had significant structured experience in a multi-grade Adventist school.
  • Have current First Aid & CPR Certification from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association (must include infant, child and adult CPR in addition to First Aid).

Approved Majors and Minors for Elementary Certification

Seventh-day Adventist and State of Michigan elementary certification require a subject content major or two minors in addition to Planned Program Minor  . See the list of approved majors and minors for elementary education. 

Planned Program Minor

For requirements, see the undergraduate teacher education section.  Courses at the 400-level must be taken for graduate credit to count for MAT requirements.

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