Aug 15, 2020  
2012-2013 Graduate Academic Catalog 

Teacher Certification Programs

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Initial Teacher Certification (Post Baccalaureate)

The SVSU College of Education offers a traditional and accelerated teacher preparation program (ACE) for post-baccalaureate students who wish to complete university and state requirements to obtain a Michigan teaching certification at the secondary level (grades 6-12 or K-12). All interested candidates for either the traditional program or the ACE program must attend an informational seminar prior to scheduling an appointment with a certification advisor in the College of Education. The seminar dates are available online at Please contact the College of Education Admissions and Certification Office for additional information.

Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to complete requirements for teacher certification may have two options: the “Accelerated Certification (ACE)” or “Traditional Certification.” Both programs require Secondary candidates to fulfill requirements in the content majors and/or minors in addition to completing the Professional Studies (methods) course requirements.

The ACE Program provides Secondary Education students with an intensive year-long, fulltime field experience which encompasses student teaching and substitute teaching during the day. Additionally, students will be required to successfully complete Professional Studies courses that will be offered at times beyond the K-12 school day. Students must have completed or nearly-completed majors and minors (Secondary) to enter the program.

The Traditional Certification Program allows Secondary students to complete the Secondary Professional Studies courses in three semesters culminating with a 14 week student teaching assignment.

All candidates for ACE or Traditional Certification must meet requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. 

Accelerated Certification Program

Secondary Requirements

I. Admission

  1. Earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. GPA of 2.75 minimum (based on 4.00 scale) for the most recent 60 credit hours
  3. An Introduction to Teaching course with a grade of “C” or better
  4. A General Psychology course with a grade of “C” or better
  5. Passing scores on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills Test
  6. Successful interview into the College of Education

II. Secondary Program

Students in the ACE Secondary Education Program must have satisfied an academic major and minor in their undergraduate degree work from the following lists. A College of Education advisor will meet with student regarding specific requirements in each area.


Biology, Chemistry, Communication & Theatre, English, French, History, Math, Physical Education, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish


Biology, Chemistry, Communication & Theatre, Computer Science, Economics, English, French, History, Math, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish

If students have not met these major/minor requirements as part of their undergraduate degree, then they must complete these major/minor courses in addition to the professional studies requirements of the ACE program.

III. Secondary Courses

The College of Education sets up the schedule of ACE courses offered each semester to ensure that accelerated certification students can complete the required course work in one year. Students do not draw up their own schedules.

Secondary ACE Professional Studies Courses:
Total Hours of Course Work: 30 (Graduate Hours: 18)

Continuing Certification

Eighteen credits of planned programs are available for certified teachers seeking continuing certification. Candidates should see a certification advisor, College of Education, for further information and advisement.

Additional Endorsement Programs

Additional endorsements in Computer Science, English as a Second Language and content area major and minor subject areas are available for certified teachers through the College of Education. Candidates should schedule an appointment with a certification advisor in the College of Education, for information and advisement.

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