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Traditional Route to Teacher Certification

Saginaw Valley State University is authorized by the State of Michigan to recommend individuals for a standard teaching certificate at the elementary level (K-8) and secondary level (grades 6-12 or K-12) upon successful completion of the College of Education's Teacher Education Program.

To qualify:

Interested candidates must:

  • attend a certification seminar;
  • possess a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution;
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 credits of coursework taken;
  • fulfill requirements for admission to SVSU and the Teacher Education Program;
  • satisfy all requirements of the Teacher Education Program, Michigan Test for Teacher Certification content area testing, and student teaching.
Elementary Academic Program Requirements
Secondary Academic Program Requirements
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(989) 964-4057(989) 964-4057
Toll-free: 1-800-968-2540


James E. Tarr, Ph.D.

Acting Assistant Dean & Professor

Colleen D'Arcy, Ph.D.


College of Education Dean's Office
Gilbertson Hall, North 275
University Center, MI 48710


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.