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Teacher Preparation Program



If you are thinking about becoming a teacher, you may be able to apply some or all of your bachelor's degree credits toward certification.

Secondary Certification (Grades 7-12)

Secondary programs are the quickest route to teaching for most folks who have a teachable major, i.e., a subject that is typically taught at the middle or high school levels. Many universities have special programs called post-graduate, post-baccalaureate (post-bac) or alternative certification. They are one to two-year programs with coursework in teaching methods and practice teaching.







English Literature


You should plan to speak with advisors from several programs, since offerings vary greatly. Links to some suggested programs are provided below.

Central Michigan University
Grand Valley State University
(see site index on left for Certification, Post-Baccalaureate)
Michigan State University
Saginaw Valley State University

Middle School Certification (Grades 7-9)
Both elementary and secondary certification may qualify you to teach in the middle grades.

Elementary Certification (Grades K-8)

Since elementary education is an interdisciplinary program, there are many specific requirements that are not available in other types of programs, making it necessary to earn a second bachelor's degree. General education requirements completed in the first earned degree may be applied to a degree in elementary education. Some additional credits may also apply, depending on the major or minors selected for certification. This will shorten the time of study to 3-4 years. Central,Ferris, Michigan State and Spring Arbor universities have elementary certification programs that can be completed in Lansing.

Coursework that may apply to elementary certification includes:



Introductory Arts



World Civilizations

US History


Early Childhood Education

K-12 Certification
The following special fields must be combined with either elementary or secondary certification programs:

  • Special education
  • World Languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, etc.)
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music

LCC Advisors can help you analyze your earned credits and select the transfer program that is best for you.
For more information contact:

  • Ann Selleck, Office of Teacher Preparation
    Office: A&S 2203
    Phone: (517) 483-1061


Choose your major wisely. Most secondary majors are in demand, but there is a great deal of competition for elementary positions in Michigan. Special education, mathematics, science and bilingual education are the most competitive choices for academic majors.

Shop around. Not all schools offer the same type of program.

Talk to an advisor. Find out what options are available for post-bac students that might not be listed on the website, such as scholarships and accelerated programs.

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LCC Education Coordinating Committee
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Humanities and Performing Arts at Lansing Community College

Arts and Sciences Division
Arts and Sciences Bldg, Room 1117
Phone: (517) 483-1010
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