How to Become a Certified Teacher

Step One

Deciding what majors and/or minors you wish to be certified to teach. Your options are:

Step Two: The Program Plan.

Now that you have decided what you would like to teach, you need to find out what courses you should take and what other requirements will need to be completed to become certified. This information is called a Program Plan. To obtain a Program Plan, you must do the following:

  1. Write, fax, or e-mail a letter to the Certification Office at Ferris State University. Your letter should include the education program(elementary or secondary certification, teacher certification program or graduate program), which subjects you have chosen as your major(s)/minor(s), a return mailing address, e-mail address, social security number, and a daytime telephone number.
  2. Include with your letter a photocopy of all your college transcripts. Official transcripts will be required when you apply to the University.
  3. Include in your letter any specific questions you may have.
  4. If you hold a teaching certificate please indicate this information. You may mail, fax, or email your materials to:

    Certification Officer
    Ferris State University
    1349 Cramer Circle
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Fax: (231) 591-2043
    Email: [email protected]

  5. Your transcripts and intentions will be evaluated. The entire process takes approximately 6-8 weeks.
  6. A Program Plan will be mailed to you detailing your program objectives.

See Program Plan Processing Fee for all non-FSU students.

Information for those who already hold a bachelors degree or vocational major

If you would like to determine your individual requirements to become a certified teacher without obtaining an additional bachelor's degree, you may contact our Teacher Certification Officer Michelle Kelenske.

Michelle Kelenske
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 591-3642
Fax: (231) 591-2043

Mailing Address

Certification Office
Attn: Michelle Kelenske
College of Education & Human Services
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle, BIS 421E
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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