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Frequently Asked Questions for Admissions, Exams, Scheduling an Appointment & Teacher Placement Job Fair

Undergraduate Math Placement Exam

How do I register for the Math Placement Exam?

You may register for the exam by contacting the university’s Testing, Evaluation and Research Services at (313) 577-3400 or online.  Testing, Evaluation and Research Services is located in the Student Center Building on the sixth floor in Room 698. 

When should I take the Math Placement Exam?

The Math Placement Exam should be taken prior to completion of 30 credit hours. Do not delay in taking your Math Placement Exam. In the event that you do not pass, you will want to have sufficient time to retake the exam or pursue the appropriate coursework that will meet the requirement. Completion of Math Competency is required for admission to College of Education Level 2.

Do I have to take the Math Competency Exam if I’ve already taken math at another community college or university?

You should check with your advisor to determine if you have fulfilled the Math Competency requirement.

How can I prepare for the Math Competency Exam?

To prepare for the Math Competency exam, review the practice exams provided by the Mathematics Resource Center. The practice materials are available online.

If you need assistance as you work through the practice materials, contact the Mathematics Resource Center for tutoring.

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 Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC): Professional Readiness Examination.  The paper-based exam is offered four times a year (January, April, October, and July) and the computer-based exam is offered in the months when the paper-based exam is not offered.  For more information visit the MTTC website.

Note: MTTC scores must be furnished directly to Wayne State University by Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, the MTTC testing agency. When registering for the MTTC, select “Wayne State University (31)” as a “College or University to Receive Scores.”

What is the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE)?

The PRE 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 Professional Readiness Examination (PRE)?

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

What if I only passed two parts of the exam, but failed one part? Do I have to retake all three parts?

No, you will only have to retake the section(s) you did not pass. However, you will have to pay the full amount for the entire exam.

How should I prepare for the PRE?

Please refer to the test objectives, study guide, and practice exam on the MTTC website.

Students have often found SAT or ACT exam study guides to be very helpful. These guides can be purchased at bookstores or on loan from libraries.

I passed the Basic Skills Test twenty years ago. Do I have to take Professional Readiness Examination (PRE)?

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.

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?

The Teacher Job Placement Fair is usually held in March.