The Education Department works in collaboration with academic departments in the other Divisions to professionally prepare graduate students for teaching. The first teaching certificate that can be earned is the Provisional Certificate, specified for teaching either at the Elementary or Secondary Level. 

The Marygrove College Teacher Certification programs have state approval through the Michigan Department of Education and are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


It is important to determine the desired teaching level at the beginning of one’s program. Elementary and Secondary Level requirements are different, as are Elementary and Secondary classroom environments.

The Elementary Level teaching certificate allows the holder to teach all subjects in a self- contained classroom, grades K-8. The Secondary Level certified teacher is allowed to instruct grades 6-12 in endorsed subjects. Art and Music teachers are certified to teach their subject areas across the K-12 spectrum, minors are not required in these two comprehensive teaching majors. 

An Elementary or Secondary Education student must have a certifiable teaching major for which Marygrove is authorized to recommend for Provisional Certification. An Elementary Education student also must complete the Elementary Education minor offered by Marygrove. A Secondary Education student must complete a certifiable Marygrove teaching minor.

Areas of Concentration

  • Elementary and Secondary Teaching Certification
  • Master of Education: Teaching - Elementary Education
  • Master of Education: Teaching - Secondary Education

Teaching majors and minors are done at the undergraduate level. The teaching majors and minors Marygrove offers are listed below.

Elementary Teaching Majors:

Language Arts (39 credits)

Mathematics (35 credits)

Social Studies (40 credits)

Elementary Education Minor (29 credits)

Secondary Teaching Majors:

Art Education – Comprehensive Group Major (65 credits); to teach Art to grades K-12, teaching minor not required

Biology (35 credits)

English (36 credits)

History (30 credits)

Mathematics (35 credits)

Music – Comprehensive group Major (74-80 credits); to teach music to grades K-12, teaching minor not required

Political Science (30 credits)

Social Studies (40 credits)

Secondary Teaching Minors: 

Chemistry (20 credits)

English (24 credits)

French (20 credits)

History (20 credits)

Mathematics (24 credits)

Political Science (20 credits)

Spanish (20 credits)

Elementary and Secondary Teacher Certification Program progression occurs in three phases: 

I. Exploratory

II. Theory

III. Practice

Entrance into the College does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Certification Program. After completing the Exploratory Phase courses and successfully passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills Test, a student must make a separate application to the Teacher Certification Program. Application forms and directions are available in the Education Department Office.

Successful candidates become eligible for recommendation by Marygrove to the Michigan Department of Education for the Provisional Teaching Certificate after completing all Teacher Certification Program requirements. These include completion of: 

All necessary teaching major and minor course work 

All professional Education sequence coursework 

All appropriate Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Certifiable teaching major and minor coursework is done in Arts and Sciences subject area departments; the Elementary Education minor is offered in the Education Department. For full descriptions please see their respective program sections in the Marygrove College Undergraduate Catalog.

In addition to graduate Professional Sequence courses and undergraduate teaching major and minor coursework, a nine credit Cognate must be selected. A Cognate is a series of three elective courses within a focused area of study [Reading, Special Education, or Educational Technology] that a student selects to enhance understanding of a related teaching area. The selected nine credit Cognate may be started after acceptance to the Candidacy Phase and can be completed after student teaching to finish the Master of Education Degree. 

There is a six year program completion time limit that begins with acceptance into the M.Ed. Plus Teacher Certification Program as a Pre-Candidate. All program requirements, including the selected cognate courses, must be completed within this six year time frame. 


Graduate teacher certification can be pursued by students who have already completed a Bachelor’s Degree by applying to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Plus Teacher Certification Program through the Graduate Office of Recruitment and Enrollment.

Applicants must meet general College graduate admission requirements (see the "Graduate Admissions" section of this catalog) and specific Program application requirements described below. Official copies of all college level transcripts and an official application to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Plus Teacher Certification Program must be on file before college admission will be granted.

Admission to the college is contingent upon clear results of a standard background check. Background checks will be conducted on all Master of Education +Teacher Certification applicants.

Background checks will include:
Social Security Verification: validates the applicant's Social Security number, date of birth and addresses.

Educational Verification: confirms the applicant's claimed educational institution, including the years attended and the degree/diploma received.

Criminal History: includes review of criminal convictions and probation. The following factors will be considered for applicants with a criminal history:
 The nature of the crime and its relationship to a teaching position.
 The time since the conviction.
 The number (if more than one) of convictions.

Specific Requirements for Admission to a Graduate Teacher Certification Program 

Participation in the graduate Teacher Certification Program depends on applicants having an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Once a graduate application is received, a transcript review is conducted to determine acceptance to the College to pursue Master’s Plus Teacher Certification Program studies. Faculty transcript reviews in the teaching major (and minor for Secondary) determine what prior undergraduate or graduate coursework can be accepted. To be admitted to the College to begin Exploratory Phase courses, the student must have fewer than 30 undergraduate teaching major/minor credits yet to be completed. 

For students accepted into the Exploratory Phase, the Education Student Services Specialist and faculty liaisons in the teaching major department will determine a “Plan of Work” listing the undergraduate and graduate courses needed for meeting the program requirements of the applicant’s chosen teaching major, minor and certification level. 

As described above, a three phase process is utilized for progressing in the Teacher Certification Program; all requirements for each phase must be completed before advancing to the next phase. Aspiring Teacher Certification Program students work through specific introductory coursework and testing in the Exploratory Phase to be accepted to the Program as Pre-Candidates, explained below. Once accepted as a Phase II Pre-Candidate, the student will be assigned an Education Department faculty advisor. To then become admitted as Phase III Teacher Certification Program Candidates, students must fulfill further requirements. The final phase is student teaching, a full time, supervised, professional residency teaching in a school.

The Education Department reserves the right to offer admission and continuance in programs based on criteria established in the Teacher Certification Program Handbook and on the professional judgment of Marygrove College faculty.

Academic Performance

Participation in the graduate Teacher Certification Program depends on maintaining undergraduate and graduate GPAs of 3.0 or higher, and successfully passing all required MTTC tests. 

A student whose GPA drops below 3.0 will be put on academic probation and will receive a letter indicating if one term is granted to bring the GPA up to standard. Students who do not raise the GPA to 3.0 during the probationary period will be dropped from the M.ED. Plus Teacher Certification Program. No more than one notice of academic probation is allowed for continued participation in the Teacher Certification Program. Candidates on academic probation will not be allowed to enroll in Student Teaching. 

The Education Department holds high standards for the professional behaviors and dispositions of future teachers. These include expectations for behaviors appropriate to the classroom setting, and display of the attitudes and interpersonal skills necessary for successful careers in schools. Education students are regularly assessed by faculty for satisfactory Professional Behaviors and Dispositions; unacceptable behavioral events will be documented and appropriate interventions will be assigned by Education faculty advisors in consultation with the Program Coordinator. 

Academic program requirements may be subject to change as College, Education Department or Michigan Department of Education policies are modified or adjusted. 


Please see our 2016-2018 Graduate Catalog for program details

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