Public school teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved teacher education program, and be licensed by the State of Michigan. Students pursuing degrees in education will be selecting majors and/or minors for the degree at the bachelor level. All students pursuing teacher certification should plan to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification during the first semester of their sophomore year.
Michigan Basic Skills Test information is located at: www.mttc.nesinc.com
Student teaching candidates seeking certification in secondary education from the State of Michigan must obtain a bachelor’s degree; pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification and pass the Michigan Content Test in their major and minor areas prior to graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Each bachelor granting institution will vary in program requirements. It is very critical that community college students seek our program requirements for entry and for graduation from bachelor granting institutions as soon as possible even as early as the freshman year at Kellogg Community College.
Kellogg Community College has partnered with several bachelor granting degree institutions such as: Western Michigan University, Miller College, and Central Michigan University to facilitate a smooth transition for students. At the community college level, students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in either elementary or secondary education should follow the transfer guide for the institution they intend to enter at the junior class level.
Students will also want to work closely with an Academic Advisor to set up a program which will enable the transfer requirements to be earned while completing the requirements for:
- MACRAO/MTA Transfer Agreement: This is a transfer agreement established by the Michigan Association of collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Students may find transferring to bachelor granting institutions easier with the completion of MACRAO/MTA. Each transfer guide will identify whether or not a university or college requires MACRAO/MTA.
- Associate of Elementary Education Degree: Kellogg Community College offers a two-year Associate Degree in Elementary Education. Students earn approximately half the credits towards a bachelor’s degree (4 years) at KCC and complete the remaining courses required through a university. Students access a clearly defined degree path by following an articulation guide specializing in the bachelor granting institution of choice. Students preparing to enter Western Michigan University and Miller College will receive cooperative advising beginning as early as high school. Benefits of the Elementary Education Associate Degree include:
- Having access to defined degree path
- Forming academic advising relationships between institutions
- Completing entry level requirements for a bachelor granting institution
- Reducing tuition costs associated with a bachelor degree
- MACRAO general core is completed
- For more information, view the Elementary Education Flier.
- Associate of Arts Degree: There are many benefits to earning an Associate of Arts degree while students are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree. Benefits include more job opportunity, increased income earning potential, and the opportunity to work in an education setting to gain valuable experience while completing training requirements to become a state-licensed teacher.
Kellogg Community College students interested in pursuing a bachelor degree in elementary or secondary education are recommended to do the following:
- Go to the KCC Academic Advising office and meet with an academic advisor who can help design an individualized academic plan. The academic advisor will review the transfer agreement with each student.
- 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 for admission into the institution and a second into a specific school of education.
Transfer guides are available here.
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