Main Navigation Menu

Pre-Professional Secondary Education

A career in education demands a highly motivated individual dedicated to meeting the challenges presented in the real world of students, classrooms and schools. Students pursuing degrees in elementary, secondary or special education will be selecting majors and/or minors for their degrees. Specific program requirements vary from college to college, and will determine the courses taken in major and/or minor areas of study. It is critical for students to seek out this information as soon as possible to begin to work through the process of determining the best transfer school. All students pursuing teacher certification should plan to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification: Basic Skills (reading, writing, mathematics) during the first semester of their sophomore year. All colleges require successful completion of this test before acceptance into their respective schools of education. For information on test dates, registration and cost, contact the Teacher Education Office in Room 266of the Main building.

GRCC has developed several articulation agreements/partnerships in Teacher Education with local colleges and universities. These agreements are designed to facilitate the transfer of credits from GRCC to their Schools of Education. Our main transfer institutions for teacher education are: Aquinas College, Central Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University.

Teacher education candidates are recommended to do the following while completing the GRCC admission and orientation process:

  1. Go to the GRCC Counseling and Career Center and meet with a counselor who can help design an individualized academic plan.
  2. Make sure that an education curriculum code is designated. This will insure that pertinent information about the teaching profession provided through the GRCC Teacher Education is received.
  3. Each four-year institution has unique requirements for entrance into their School/College of Education. Students should contact their transfer institution early in their freshman year to determine specific transfer requirements. Note that some transfer schools require a dual application process: one application for admission into the college/university, and a second application for admission into their school of education

 Students seeking certification in secondary education or must follow the recommended course of study provided by the transfer institution. To become a state certified teacher in Michigan, a student must obtain a bachelor’s degree, pass the Basic Skills Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, and before receiving their teaching certificate, pass the Michigan Content Test in their major and minor(s). Not all colleges/universities offer every teachable major and minor. Students should check with their intended transfer institution to be sure that institution offers their desired major and minor. Also, most colleges of education have requirements for admission and completion of their teacher certification program that are unique to that institution.

A Sample Program for Pre-Professional Secondary Education Leading to an Associate Degree



EN 101 English Composition 1                                                          3 cr.

EN 102 English Composition 2                                                          3 cr.



COM 131 Introduction to Public Speaking OR

COM 135 Interpersonal Communication                                           3 cr.

Electives: Music, Art, Language, Philosophy, Speech                    6 cr.



PS 110 Survey of American Government                                       3 cr.

PY 201 General Psychology                                                            3 cr.

PY 251 Educational Psychology                                                      3 cr.


SCIENCE/MATH: (must have one lab science course)

Lab Science                                                                                     4 cr.

MA 107 Intermediate Algebra                                                          4 cr.



WE 156 First Aid                                                                           1-2 cr.



CD 118 Human Growth and Development *                                     4 cr.

ED 200 Introduction to Education *                                                   3 cr.

Additional Elective(s)                                                                    22/23


* Be sure to check with specific transfer institution to see if this course is accepted.

Students should consult with transfer institutions about specific courses at GRCC that will fulfill major and minor requirements. It is the responsibility of all students to contact the college or university to which they wish to transfer in order to verify transfer credits. Each institution reserves the right to make changes in transfer requirements without prior notification. This is a guide of possible courses for your two years at GRCC. All teacher education students are encouraged and welcome to attend the Teacher Education Seminars and all other events held monthly on our campus. The activities are posted in all school bulletins. For more information regarding any aspect of Teacher Education as well as to explore the scholarships available for future teachers, please stop by the Education Program office at Room 266, Main or call (616) 234-3380.