FAQs for Admissions, Exams, Scheduling an Appointment & Teacher Placement Job Fair

Transfer Students

What should I do with my transcripts from the community college or university I attended prior to coming to Wayne State University?

You must contact the community college or university you attended to request an official transcript be sent to Wayne State University's Office of Transfer Credit:

Wayne State University, Transfer Credit Evaluation, P.O. Box 02759, Detroit, MI  48202-0759

Do not send your official copies to the College of Education.

The College of Education will need an unofficial copy of your transcripts when you are ready to apply for admission to the College (showing the course number, title and grade of each course).

How do I find out which courses will transfer from my other institution?

Transfer equivalency courses are available online.

After the transcripts from the institution(s) you previously attended are received by the Wayne State University's Office of Transfer Credit, you will receive a transfer credit evaluation. When you receive that evaluation, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment with you advisor to review which courses you have left to complete and the requirements for admission to the College of Education Level 2. If you do not have your transfer credit evaluation, please bring your own copies of transcripts from each institution you have attended to your advising appointment.

Are there any College of Education requirements I can work on while I am taking courses at a community college or other university?

You can take the Michigan Basic Skills Exam. This is currently met by the SAT. You need to score a 480 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing Section and a 530 or higher on the Mathematic portion. Information about the SAT.

Note: SAT scores must be furnished directly to Wayne State University by the College Board, the SAT testing agency. When registering for the SAT, select "Wayne State University (1898)" as a "College or University to Receive Scores."

What is the Michigan Basic Skills Exam?

The Michigan basic Skills Exam tests competency in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. A passing score on the exam is required by the State of Michigan in order to become a certified teacher. At Wayne State University, you must pass all three parts of the exam for admission to the College of Education Level 2.

When should I take the Michigan Basic Skills Exam?

It is strongly recommended that you complete the Michigan Basic Skills Exam as soon as you decide to purse a teacher certification program. In the event, you do not pass the exam, you will have time to retake it.

I passed the Basic Skills Test twenty years ago. How long is the score valid?

No, your passing score for the Basic Skills Test remains valid and will not expire.

Graduate Admissions

Which programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
  • MEd in Instructional Technology (if GPA is below 2.60)
  • MA in School and Community Psychology
  • MA in Counseling Psychology
  • EdD and PhD in Counseling
  • PhD in Educational Psychology
  • EdD and PhD in Instructional Technology
Which programs require the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT)?

Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (GRE results may be accepted in place of the MAT if completed within the last three years; however, the MAT is the preferred test).

Which graduate programs require the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC): Professional Readiness Exam (PRE)?

All majors in the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

What are the admission application deadline dates that differ from the general university application deadlines?
  • MA in Counseling:
    • Fall: May 1
    • Winter: October 15
    • Spring/Summer: February 15
  • MA in Counseling Psychology:
    • Spring/Summer(only): February 15
  • MA in School & Community Psychology Program:
    • Fall (only): February 1
  • Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction Program:
    • Fall: March 1
    • Winter: October 1

Applications must be complete by the dates noted above.

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology Program (PhD only):
    • Fall (only): February 14

Graduate Program Requirements

When are the doctoral Qualifying Exams scheduled?

The Written Qualifying Exams are scheduled each fall and winter semesters usually in October and February of the respective terms.  The Oral Exams are scheduled within 30 days following the written exams and must be completed within the same semester as the Written Exam. More information is available online.

When should a Master's level student file a Plan of Work?

The Master's Plan of Work should be filed before twelve credit hours have been earned. Please meet with your assigned faculty advisor to review your degree requirements and sign your Plan of Work.

When should an Education Specialist student file a Plan of Work?

The Education Specialist Plan of Work should be filed before twelve credit hours have been earned. Please meet with your assigned faculty advisor to review your degree requirements and sign your Plan of Work.

When should a doctoral student file a Plan of Work?

The doctoral Plan of Work should be filed by the end of the first year. Please meet with your assigned faculty advisor to review your degree requirements and sign your Plan of Work.

What are the time limitations for the following programs and when does the time limitation begin?
  • Master's Degree: Six years from the first course used toward the Master's degree
  • Education Specialist Certificate: Six years from the semester and year of admission.
  • Doctoral Degree: Seven years from the semester and year of admission.

Scheduling Appointments with an Advisor

How do I make an appointment to see an undergraduate advisor in the College of Education?

Appointments are scheduled online through AdvisingWorks at Academica.wayne.edu under Student Resources, then select Student Records.

I already have a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue a teaching certificate as a post bachelor student or as a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Who should I contact for an appointment?

First, you need to attend a Certification Information Meeting. The dates for the Teacher Certification Meetings are available online.

If you still have questions after attending the meeting, you can make an appointment with Beverly Schneider in the Teacher Education Division by calling (313) 577-0902.

If I already have a bachelor's degree and I would like to have my transcripts evaluated for the teacher certification program, can I make an appointment to have this done?

You must first complete a request for transcript evaluation. This form is available online.

We strongly recommend that you attend one of the Certification Information Meetings as well (see item above). If you still have questions after you have attended the meeting and completed the request for evaluation, please schedule an appointment with Beverly Schneider in the Teacher Education Division by calling (313) 577-0902.

I wish to pursue a master's degree or doctoral program other than the Master of Arts in Teaching. Who should I contact for an appointment?

Please contact the College of Education Graduate Office at (313) 577-1605 to meet with a Graduate Academic Services Officer.

Open Advising is also available every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 489 in the College of Education. 

Teacher Placement Job Fair

When is the Teacher Job Placement Fair?

Information for the Teacher Job Placement Fair may be found on our Career Resources page and the fair is usually held at the end of the Winter semester.

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