Michigan Teaching Certification
Michigan Ed. Statistics
|Avg. Elem. Teacher Salary*||$69,050|
|Avg. Sec. Teacher Salary*||$63,000|
|Avg. Admin. Salary*||$94,020|
|Teacher Retention (?)||96%|
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Initial Michigan Teaching Certification
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The Michigan Department of Education (517-373-6791) requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree program, at minimum, from a state-approved teacher preparation program in order to be eligible for a teaching certificate.
If you attended a teacher preparation program in another state, the Michigan Department of Education will recognize your credentials as long as that teacher preparation program is recognized for certification purposes by the Department of Education in that state.
If you attended college in a foreign country, the Michigan Department of Education reserves the right to request a course-by-course evaluation of your credentials at the time of your online application for certification.
Various types of teaching certificates are issued by the Michigan Department of Education based upon your qualifications. They include:
- Provisional Certificate is the initial teaching certificate in Michigan, issued to those meeting educational and examination qualifications. Valid for six years.
- Two-Year Extended Provisional Certificate is issued if you do not meet the requirements for a Provisional Certificate, but do have teaching experience, are currently employed by a Michigan school district, and are enrolled in a Michigan teacher preparation program. Valid for two years.
- Professional Education Certificate is the advanced teaching certificate, issued when you meet advanced degree/educational and experience requirements. Valid for five years.
- Interim Teaching Certificate is issued to applicants with a bachelor’s degree who are enrolled in an alternative teacher certification program.
Certificates may be at the elementary level (valid for teaching all subjects in grades K-5, all subjects K-8 in a self-contained classroom, and for subject area endorsements listed on the certificate in grades 6-8) or secondary level (valid for teaching the subject area endorsements listed on the certificate in grades 6-12).
The Michigan Department of Education uses the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) to assess applicants for teaching certificates.
Basic skills testing:
Candidates for a Provisional Teaching Certificate must pass the MTTC Basic Skills test in reading, writing and mathematics.
Content area assessment testing:
If you are a prospective teacher who wishes to receive an endorsement for any of the following subject areas on your Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate, you must pass the corresponding MTTC tests:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Middle Level
- Communication Arts
- Language Arts
- Reading Specialist
- Social Studies
- Political Science
- Social Science
- Earth/Space Science
- Integrated Science
- Physical Science
- Academic Study of Religion
- World Language & Culture
- Arabic (Modern Standard)
- Anishinaabemowin Language and Culture
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- American Sign Language
- Bilingual Education
- Bilingual French
- Bilingual German
- Bilingual Greek
- Bilingual Russian
- Bilingual Spanish
- Bilingual Italian
- Bilingual Polish
- Bilingual Hebrew
- Bilingual Arabic
- Bilingual Other
- Bilingual Vietnamese
- Bilingual Korean
- Bilingual Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian
- Bilingual Chaldean
- Bilingual Chinese
- Bilingual Filipino
- Bilingual Japanese
- Business Education
- Business, Management, Marketing and Technology
- Marketing Education
- Agriscience and Natural Resources
- Industrial Technology
- Music Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Visual Arts Education
- Visual Arts Education Specialist
- Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
- Physical Education
- Fine Arts
- Special Education
- Cognitive Impairment
- Speech and Language Impairment
- Physical or Other Health Impairment
- Emotional Impairment
- Visual Impairment
- Hearing Impairment
- Learning Disabilities
- Physical Education for Students with Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Technology and Design
- Educational Technology
- Computer Science
- English as a Second Language
During your Michigan teacher preparation program, you will gain much experience that will be vital to you in your teaching career. First comes a practicum, which takes place while you are completing your college courses. Here, you will observe a classroom specific to the grade level and/or subject you are to be certified in, and may even be asked to lead a lesson or two. This practicum is much like a regular college course, in that it consists mainly of observation, although participation will also be a significant component.
After you complete your academic courses but just prior to graduation, you will participate in a student teaching assignment. You will be assigned to the classroom grade level and subject in which you hope to become certified. The length of this assignment will vary from one teacher preparation program to the next. During this student teaching experience, you will take charge of a classroom, under the observation and supervision of the classroom teacher-of-record. You may be asked to prepare lesson plans, direct the class, and help the teacher with daily classroom duties. At the end of your student teaching experience, you will be evaluated, most likely by both the classroom teacher-of-record and a certification officer from your college’s teacher preparation program.
Document and Application Requirements
Have you completed all educational requirements, passed the necessary MTTC examinations, and fulfilled both the practicum and student teaching portions of the experience requirement? If so, you are ready to apply for Michigan teaching certification. The Michigan Department of Education requires all applicants for Provisional Teaching Certification to apply through the Michigan Online Education Certification System (MOECS). Once you input your information, your online application will be forwarded to your Michigan college/university teacher preparation program for its review approval. With this system, you must pay all application fees online via credit card only.
After all of your information has been reviewed, verified and approved, the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services will issue your hard copy Provisional Teaching Certificate. This will be mailed to the address you supplied on the online application within 7 to 14 days.
Criminal History Background Check
While a criminal history background check is not necessary in order to receive a Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate, it is required before you are allowed to work with children in the state. The Michigan State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct a criminal records check once you are hired by a school district. They utilize the electronic LiveScan fingerprinting locations to conduct these background checks. You are responsible for paying all associated fees. Once the criminal history check has been conducted by the MSP, a report will be sent to the Michigan Department of Education, who will, in turn, notify the school district to which you have applied for employment. You will not be authorized to teach in any Michigan school before a clear report is received by the district.
If you need more information on approved teacher preparation programs in Michigan, contact the Certification Officer at the institution that interests you.
For more information on the certification process in Michigan, contact the Michigan Department of Education Office of Professional Preparation Services at 517-373-6791 or 517-373-3310.
*2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data – Conditions in your area may vary.
**Teacher Retention Sources – U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education, Statistics Schools and Staffing Survey, 1999–2000 (“Public School Teacher Questionnaire,” “Private School Teacher Questionnaire,” and “Public Charter School Teacher Questionnaire”),
and 2000–01 Teacher Follow-up Survey (“Questionnaire for Current Teachers” and “Questionnaire for Former Teachers,” Table 1.01). Washington, DC.
State estimations based on analysis by Richard Ingersoll, Professor of Education and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, from the National Center for Education Statistics Student and Staffing Survey, and therefore include a slight margin of error.