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Admission Requirements

Master of Education - Principalship

  • Submitted application to include the non-refundable Application Fee and the following:
    • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from any college or university where college credit was earned, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • A copy of most recent teaching certificate or departmental approval. If you need to obtain a copy of your (current or expired) teaching certificate to submit with your application, you may retrieve a copy though the Michigan Department of Education Certification site.

Applicants who have just completed a teacher preparation program at another institution and are in the process of being recommended for a teaching certificate must include a letter from the recommending institution in the application packet confirming the candidate has completed all requirements for certification and will be recommended for a teaching certificate.

Please Note: A felony or misdemeanor conviction may affect a student's admission to SVSU College of Education's programs, ability to attain state certification or employment. Refer to SVSU Course Catalog for further details.


Request official transcripts be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Saginaw Valley State University
230 Wickes Hall
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-6096


  International Students must provide the following in addition to the requirements already listed above: 

    • A score of 550 (213 computer-based; 79 internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS) for applicants whose native language is not English or successful completion of SVSU’s English Language Program (ELP)
    • Passport
    • Evidence of financial support

Questions regarding your application or the application process can be sent to:

Contact Us
(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.