The following requirements must be successfully completed prior to submitting an application to the Teacher Education Program:
Attendance at a Pre-Education Seminar (undergraduate candidates) or Certification Seminar (post-baccalaureate candidates);
All University Basic Skills requirements in mathematics, reading, and writing (undergraduate candidates);
Minimum 3.0 grade point average based on the last 60 credit hours of university-level (credit earning) coursework. Letter grades associated with entry-level coursework will not be considered;
72 credit hours (minimum) with a grade of “C” or better; the 72 credit hours must be applicable to the applicant’s College of Education certification program. Exception: Elementary Special Education and Early Childhood Education majors either must have successfully completed all courses for the Comprehensive Major or must successfully complete the Comprehensive Major the semester in which the application to the Teacher Education Program is submitted;
PSYC 100, General Psychology, or an approved equivalent, with a grade of “C” or better;
For secondary-level candidates only: 15 credit hours in the content major and 9 credit hours in the content minor
The following may be in progress during the semester an application to the Teacher Education Program is submitted, but must be successfully completed by the end of the winter semester for fall semester admission consideration, or by the end of fall semester for winter admission consideration:
For elementary-level candidates only: PSYC 313, Child Development in Education, with a grade of “C” or better
For secondary-level candidates only: PSYC 315, Adolescent Psychology, or an approved equivalent, and PSYC 317, Educational Psychology, or an approved equivalent, with grades of “C” or better (Note: K-12 Music Education candidates are not required to take PSYC 315.)
Students must apply and be accepted in to the Teacher Education Program prior to enrollment in 300-400 level professional studies courses. Applications are accepted online via Tk20 by the College of Education twice a year.
The application for admission to the Teacher Education Program for Fall Semester 2021 will open in Tk20 on Monday, January 4 and will remain open until Friday, January 15, 11:00 p.m. Undergraduates who have not attended the mandatory Pre-Education Seminar must do so prior to submitting the application.
Accessing the Application
If you completed an application for TE 100/TE 101 in Tk20, you will use the username Tk20 assigned to you (e.g., msmith0000) and the password you created to complete the new application. When you log into Tk20, locate the Applications tab in the side menu and then click on +Create New Application. Use the drop down menu to locate the Teacher Education Program Application; Elementary & Secondary Education and select Next to begin.
If you do not recall your log in information, do not attempt to use your SVSU username and password used to log into the SVSU network (e.g., Cardinal Direct/mySVSU, SVSU email). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reset of your Tk20 log in credentials. If you did not take TE 100/TE 101 at SVSU, use these Tk20 Application Instructions(419KB) (417kB). Please read all of the instructions below before completing your application.
1. Log in to Tk20 and complete the correct application in its entirety.
2. Be prepared to upload the following documents into your application (MS Word or PDF are acceptable):
If you are currently enrolled in any prerequisite course(s) another institution at the time of application, you must submit evidence of enrollment (class schedule) in the class(es). SVSU class schedules should not be submitted;
Provide the name, title, and telephone number of three individuals who have agreed to serve as references for you in your online application. If possible, at least one reference should be from a full-time or part-time faculty member from a two- or four-year college/university. Other acceptable references could be individuals with whom you have had interaction through educational preparation in the last year; e.g., school administrators, teachers, etc.;
Letters of recommendation are not required. However, if you would like to attach any letters with your application, you are welcome to do so;
If you answered yes to any of the criminal conviction questions, a copy of the court document, called Court of Action, Register of Action, or Register of Deed, which describes the crime of which you were convicted, dates, and sentence(s) imposed must be attached in the application at the time of submission. (Please see additional information in Step 6).
3. Once your application is complete and all your documents are uploaded, "Submit" your application for processing.
After you have completed the application, uploaded all required documents, and submitted your application in Tk20, contact the College of Education at email@example.com to confirm your application is complete and ready for processing. Please do not make any changes to the application once you have confirmed completion of your application. If you have changes you would like noted, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the changes you need us to be aware of.
A criminal background check is required of all candidates who submit an application and are accepted to the SVSU College of Education Teacher Education Program. This process is required by the school districts, public and private, to allow program candidates to participate in the fieldwork component of the program. Fingerprinting previously completed for employment (e.g., substitute teaching) in any K-12 school is non-transferrable to SVSU.
Fingerprinting for newly accepted candidates will take place on campus in Gilbertson Hall in February. Detailed information on scheduling an appointment will be provided in the letter of admission.
If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or have any outstanding criminal charges or warrants pending against you in Michigan or any other state or jurisdiction, you will be required to submit court documents indicating the crime of which you were convicted, dates and sentences imposed with your application materials. If criminal charges are pending, you will be required to submit a statement from the issuing court indicating court date and offense.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program does not guarantee certification by the State of Michigan. The SVSU College of Education cannot guarantee approval of any recommendation made to the State of Michigan for any type of certification. Final approval of a recommendation is granted only by the Michigan Department of Education, based on the policies and procedures current at the time the recommendation for certification is made.
Any candidate admitted to the Teacher Education Program, is required to notify the Chair of the Admissions and Transitions Committee, should s/he be convicted of a crime in any state or jurisdiction after the initial background check is completed. Court documents indicating the crime for which a candidate is convicted, dates, and sentences imposed, and any information on pending criminal charges must be supplied by the candidate and will be reviewed by the SVSU Admissions & Transitions Committee. Based on a review of the conviction or pending criminal charges, the candidate may be subject to dismissal from the Teacher Education Program.