Administrator Certification

(Initial Administrator license; valid for up to five years)

Certification requires completion of Master’s Degree or higher from an approved program in educational leadership or administration offered by an institute of higher education (IHE). There are two basic endorsements available on the initial certificate (i.e., Elementary/Secondary Administrator K-12 [building] or Central Office [district]).

A superintendent, principal, assistant principal or other person whose primary responsibility is administering instructional programs employed as a school administrator after January 4, 2010, must hold a valid Administrator Certificate.

A school administrator who was employed as a school administrator on or before January 4, 2010, does not need to hold the Administrator Certificate for their current position, but must meet the professional development requirements as described in the Administrative Certificate renewal requirements below. *A non-certified school administrator may be employed by a school district if enrolled in a program leading to certification as a school administrator not later than six months after date of employment. The school administrator has three years to meet the certification requirements.

* Enrollment must be verified by the approved educator preparation institution (EPI). To be enrolled, the individual must be registered for at least one class during the current semester/trimester or the upcoming semester/trimester AND have paid enrollment fees.

Upon completion of Administrator Certificate requirements, apply through MOECS.

Administrator Certificate Renewal

Renewal is valid for up to five years, and requires one or a combination of the following:

  • Completion of 6 semester hours at any four-year or community college listed in the Directory of Michigan Institutions of Higher Education.
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

NOTE: Semester credits or SCECHs (formerly SB-CEUs) must have been completed within the five year period preceding the date of application and after the issue date of the previous certificate. Credits completed at approved out-of-state four-year EPI are also acceptable.

Upon completion of Administrator Certificate Renewal requirements, apply through MOECS.