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Requirements vary depending on certification level (elementary or secondary) and the academic major and minor areas you choose to pursue.  All students considering a career in teaching are welcome to meet with an advisor to discuss program options and requirements.  Students may schedule an appointment by calling 616 632-2800 or by visiting our offices in room 260 of the Academic Building. Below are some general planning guidelines.



General Timeline for Undergraduate Education Program

During the freshman year, students should:

      • focus on completing General Education requirements.  Candidates interested in elementary education must pay particular attention to the General Education requirements and take the specific courses required for elementary certification.
      • determine their competency test status and make plans to take the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) if necessary.  Please see below for more information.
      • consider certification level and major/minor options and connect with appropriate professors or advisors for more information.

During the sophomore year, students should:

  • enroll in EN 201 Introduction to Education in either the Fall or Spring semester.  Please see below for prerequisites.
  • finalize decisions regarding certification level and major/minor choices.



A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses applied to certification.  This includes all major, minor, and education courses.  For elementary candidates, it also includes certain General Education courses that meet certification requirements.  See your advisor with any questions.


Students enrolling in EN 201 as of Fall, 2015 must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in order to remain eligible for the education program.


Students who successfully completed EN 201 in the Spring, 2015 semester or a prior semester are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in order to remain eligible for the education program.


Competency Test Information:

Passing scores on all three portions (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) of the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) or Michigan Basic Skills Test (MBST), or approved alternate measures, or an approved combination of PRE scores and approved alternate measures are required to enroll in the Education program.  The PRE replaced the MBST in October, 2013.  Interested students should contact the School of Education for an evaluation of alternate measures. The PRE is required for students who do not have approved alternate measures.  Comprehensive information, including a study guide, test dates, and registration, is available here:


Prerequisites for EN 201 Introduction to Education

The following prerequisites must be met to enroll in EN 201 as of the Fall, 2015 semester:

  • sophomore class standing, a minimum of 28 credits successfully completed; and
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00; and
  • approved PRE scores and/or alternate measures as described above.



Transfer students:

Transfer students seeking certification are required to meet with an Education advisor in the School of Education to evaluate past education coursework and to plan the appropriate course of study during their first semester at Aquinas College. All previous education coursework must have been completed within the last seven years prior to enrollment in EN 201 at Aquinas College in order to be considered for acceptance toward certification requirements. A maximum of 9 credits of comparable education coursework may be applied toward the elementary or secondary education requirements.

Returning students:

Students who have stepped out of the Aquinas College Education program for more than one academic year and wish to return will be required to comply with any and all changes in the certification program. In addition, returning students should note that education coursework beyond seven years old will no longer be applied toward certification requirements. Returning students must meet with an Education advisor in the School of Education prior to re-enrolling in the Education program.

Legal Notice to All Students:
As future teachers, you need to know that the State of Michigan has laws regarding the legal acceptability of candidates who wish to become certified teachers.

Aquinas College is required to report persons civil infraction with misdemeanor and felony convictions. Students seeking teacher certification must submit written responses to the following questions several times throughout their program.
1. Have you ever accepted responsibility in a civil infraction excluding speeding tickets?

2. Have you ever been convicted of, or pled no contest to, a felony?
3. Have you ever been convicted of, or pled no contest to, a misdemeanor?
4. Do you currently have any criminal charges pending against you?

Additionally, all students are under obligation to report any change in their legal status to their advisor in the School of Education.

Falsification of records (FRAUD) will result in immediate dismissal from the Aquinas College certification program.

The final decision regarding issuance of teacher certification credentials to candidates answering yes to any of the questions regarding legal background information will be determined by the Michigan Department of Education.