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Post-Bachelor Certification

Cornerstone University offers several programs leading to certification in elementary and secondary education. The post-baccalaureate option is a non-degree program that leads to a Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate. Cornerstone Teacher Education offers certification for early childhood, elementary education, special education, secondary education and TESOL.

In order to qualify, you must already have an undergraduate degree and now desire to become a certified Michigan teacher. You do not need to complete Cornerstone’s core curriculum requirements; you only need to take those courses necessary for teacher certification (i.e., teachable major/minor(s) and professional education courses). Cornerstone University’s Teacher Education Division has two pathways toward a post-baccalaureate certification.

Important Details

  • Cornerstone University’s Teacher Education is a traditional undergraduate program. We do not offer online courses for post-baccalaureate candidates. Students must be able to attend classes during the day because several education courses include field experiences in local schools.
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • All candidates must meet with the division chair or appropriate departmental advisor before final approval into the program.

Information for Candidates Who Hold a Cornerstone Degree

To begin the admission process, submit a pre-application to be reviewed by the Teacher Education Division. Once approved, you will need to complete this checklist to pursue certification:

  1. Contact the Certification Officer directly to discuss the course schedule, review any transfer credits and develop an individualized checklist plan to work toward certification and admission into Cornerstone University’s teacher education program.
  2. Submit two letters from current or former administrators or supervisors who can attest to your abilities to work with school-age children. Ideally, this experience will be in an educational setting but not mandatory.
  3. Contact the Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Office to complete your file for admission to Cornerstone as a post-baccalaureate student.
  4. Meet with the Division Chair for final approval.
  5. For Cornerstone degrees more than five years old, courses may need to be retaken or added.

Information for Candidates Who Hold a Degree from Another Institution

To begin the admission process, submit a pre-application to be reviewed by the Teacher Education Division. Once approved, you will need to complete this checklist to pursue certification:

  1. Contact the Certification Officer directly to discuss the course schedule, review any transfer credits and develop an individualized checklist plan to work toward certification and admission into Cornerstone University’s teacher education program.
  2. Send copies of your unofficial transcripts to the Certification Officer for review by the Registrar’s Office for transfer credits. Please Note: Cornerstone will not transfer EDU courses from other institutions.
  3. Submit two letters from current or former administrators or supervisors who can attest to your abilities to work with school-age children. Ideally, this experience will be in an educational setting but not mandatory.
  4. Contact the Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Office to complete your file for admission to Cornerstone as a post-baccalaureate student.

Judy Sulka

Certification Officer

Hours

MON - FRI: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT & SUN: Closed

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