The Education Unit, in cooperation with other academic units, prepares students for teaching at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. Entrance into the College does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Certification (TCCERT) Program. Students must make a separate application to the Teacher Certification Program. Prior to admission to the TCCERT program, undergraduates will be assigned an advisor who will assist in planning the sequence of certification courses. Students must have a certifiable major and minor and adhere to the certification requirements as listed below in order to obtain teacher certification.
After successfully completing the College’s degree requirements (including the certifiable major and certifiable minor course work for teacher certification), approved First Aid and CPR (Adult & Child) training, and passing the appropriate Michigan tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC), you will be eligible for recommendation by Marygrove to the State of Michigan for a Provisional Teaching Certificate. Two specific teaching disciplines are offered in the education unit: Early Childhood Education (minor) and Special Education (major). Specific departments in the College offer all other teaching majors and minors. For full descriptions of these programs, see their respective program sections in this catalog.
Marygrove has the approval of the State of Michigan Department of Education for its certification programs. Students in early childhood education obtain the Early Childhood minor endorsement (ZA) while Special Education students earn the Learning Disabilities major endorsement (SM).
Continuation in and completion of the TCCERT program depends on maintenance of a GPA of 2.7 and successful completion of the required sequence of courses. Students who do not meet the 2.7 GPA will receive a letter of academic probation from the education unit and be granted one term to make up the deficiency; they will be denied the opportunity to do directed teaching during the probationary period. Students who do not raise the GPA to 2.7 during the probationary period will be dropped from the TCCERT program. A student may register for EDU 499 (Student Teaching) a maximum of two times before being dropped from the program.
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
Students take EDU 203: The Teaching Profession, prior to being admitted to the TCCERT program. This course should be taken in either the first or second year. It is an exploratory course that assists you in determining if you are suited for the teaching profession. During the course, the entire procedure for admission to teacher certification will be clarified. Following is an abbreviated listing of the requirements for admission:
Marygrove does not waive student teaching.
Requirements for Michigan Provisional Certification
A candidate’s credentials will be sent to the state of Michigan for provisional certification once the following elements have been successfully completed and verified:
Secondary – A passing score on the major and minor subject area tests. Elementary –Marygrove requires you to pass the Elementary Test and the test in your major.Career Information