The requirements for being a teacher apparently varied widely in 1929. Don McGahan, Godwin class of 1963, relates that in many country schools of the time K-8 was all that was available. After that a student would have to make arrangements to attend a "normal school," which would include grades 9 to 12. Of course Godwin itself only became a normal school in 1925, with the first K-12 class, five women, graduating in 1927.

Students that completed K-12 were qualified to be teachers in some schools, probably mostly rural schools. More generally, it appears that a four year university education was not a requirement for being a teacher at Godwin in 1929 yet. LeRoy Bassett attended Grand Rapids JC, started in 1914, and a two year college even in to the 1960s.