Professional Certification Requirements

Alert! MDE Educator Certification changes as of June 23, 2014

Effective immediately are changes in MDE rules:

  • May use Master's degree earned at any time for provisional renewals and progression to professional certification
  • SCECH Hours needed for provisional renewals and professional certification are now 150 (previously 180)
  • Update of the maximum hours of DPPD's used per school year. No longer a cap of 30 hours per school year for DPPD. Teachers will need a total of 150 over the five year period preceding application.

Applicants who have previously been denied certificate renewal or progression to the professional certificate and who have completed one or more of the above, should reapply in MOECS to be granted certification under the new requirements. Reapplying will initiate this process.

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Professional Certificate

PART A
It is recommended to wait at least two years before completing credits/hours required for professional certification. All credits/hours need to be completed within FIVE years of application for Professional Certification AND after the issuance of your initial provisional certificate. Credit hours options older than FIVE years will not count toward professional certification.

Note: State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) replaces State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEU)

Candidates for professional certification who have not yet had a provisional renewal must meet ONE of the following requirements :

  1. Approved masters degree at anytime (as of 6/23/2014).
  2. Six semester credit hours in a planned program at an approved teacher preparation institution (EPI); OR
  3. Six semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university; OR
  4. 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) in appropriate to grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held; OR
  5. 150 District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours through professional development programs appropriate to grade level and content endorsement(s); OR
  6. Any combination of the required amount of semester credit, SCECH and DPPD hours that equals 150 hour (see examples below)
  • 1 college credit is equivalent to 25 SCECH 
    To convert SB-CEU to SCECH: Multiply the SB-CEU by 10 (Example: 2.4 SB-CEU x 10 = 24 SCECH clock hours)
  • 1 college credit.is equivalent to 25 DPPD clock hours

Old SB-CEUs can still be used for professional certification and are recorded in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).

 

PART B

In addition, the Michigan Department of Education requires:

  • Three credit hours of reading diagnosis and remediation (The approved reading course can be used as three of the six credits in Part A);
  • Three years satisfactory teaching experience since the issue date, and within the validity and grade level, of the Provisional Certificate

Once both Part A and B requirements are met, a professional certificate may be granted.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Educators who have already received a provisional renewal must complete additional credits/hours for professional certification or an additional renewal unless using a completed approved masters degree. Above reading requirement must still be met when using a masters degree.

Frequently Asked Questions for Professional Certification

Question: When I am ready, how do I apply for my professional certificate?

Answer: Upon completion of requirements, candidates must have a MEIS account and initiate the certification recommendation process by self-registering online through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). For instructions on how to create a MEIS account and apply for your professional, renewal, or endorsement, go to: www.michigan.gov/moecs

Note: Educators will be able to print their own electronic certificate and employers must verify the validity of the certificate via MOECS.

Question: What if my Provisional Certificate expires and I don't have all the requirements met for Professional Certification?

Answer: If you have not completed all the requirements for the professional certificate by the expiration date of your initial provisional, you may renew your certificate by completing number 1,2, 3, or 4 mentioned previously. Courses for the first renewal must be taken within three years prior to application. Note: You may NOT use DPPDs for renewals.

The first renewal is valid for 3 years. If requirements for the professional certificate are not met by the expiration date of the first renewal, a second three year renewal may be obtained by completing number 1,2, 3, or 4 within the three year time limit prior to application. Note: You may NOT use DPPDs for second renewals.

Question: What if I'm not currently teaching? Should I still renew my Provisional Certificate? Should I "spend" one of my two renewals?

Answer: Unless you need your Provisional Certificate for employment, you are advised to let it lapse. You can renew it at any time if you have fulfilled one of the options described earlier within the three years prior to applying for your renewal.

Question: If I don't have a full time teaching job, how can I gain my three years experience?

Answer: Substituting will count toward your teaching experience as long as it is in the area you are certified to teach. Experience can be accumulated through part-time (including substitute) teaching, under the following formula: 150 days = 1 year, 2 1/2 hours = 1 day. No more than one day can be counted in a day; no more than one year can be counted in a year. It is critical you keep track of your substitute hours, dates, placement, and schools for verification of work experience.

Question: What if I have a master's or higher degree?

Answer: An approved masters degree will meet the requirements  for the provisional renewal and professional certificate. The reading requirement mentioned previously will need to be met. (Approved reading course offerings)

Question: What if I have earned my Professional Certificate? What do I have to do to maintain it?

Answer: You would be required to meet one of the listed options (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 ) from part A mentioned under the professional certificate requirements. All credit hours need to be completed within FIVE years of application for Professional Renewal and after the issuance of the most recent certificate.

All professional education certificates expire 5 years from June 30 of the calendar year that the certificate was issued.

Reading Requirement for Professional Certification

Effective July 1, 2009, Michigan Public Act 118 of 2006 requires candidates for the Michigan Professional Certificate to complete a course in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. At Grand Valley State University, the following courses meet this requirement:

  • EDR 612 Reading Assessments: Elementary Teachers - 3 Credits (for elementary certified teachers)
    This course examines classroom appropriate literacy assessments and differentiated instruction methods useful for meeting the needs of a diverse classroom student population grades K-8. The course content meets the State school code PA 118. A K-8 teaching certificate is required to take this course.
  • EDR 613 Reading Assessments: Secondary Teachers – 3 Credits (for secondary certified teachers)
    This course examines classroom appropriate literacy assessments and differentiated instruction methods useful for meeting the needs of diverse classroom student population grades 6-12. This course content meets the State school code PA 118. A 6-12 teaching certificate is required to take this course.
  • EDR 626 Literacy Assessment and Instruction – 3 Credits (course only for teachers admitted into GVSU master’s in reading program)
    Field based literacy course that examines research and theory, differentiated instruction, and assessment practices appropriate for meeting struggling K-12 student literacy needs. 20 hours of tutoring required. The course content meets the State school code PA 118.
  • EDS 636 Diagnostic and Interpretation Procedures AND EDS 638 Instructional Practices  - 6 credits (both required for special education teachers) (The combination of both courses content meet the State school code PA 118.)
    • EDS 636 Diagnostic and Interpretative Procedures
      Review of evaluative instruments used for identification and programming for exceptional persons.
    • EDS 638 Instructional Practices: Learning Disabilities 2
      In this course, students will learn instructional practices for teaching reading, writing, mathematics, and social skills to children and adolescents with high incidence disabilities.

Professional Certificate Renewals

Candidates for professional certification renewals must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  1. Six semester credit hours in a planned program at an approved teacher preparation institution (EPI); OR
  2. Six semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the  grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university; OR
  3. 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) in appropriate to grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held; OR
  4. 150 District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours through professional development programs appropriate to grade level and content endorsement(s); OR
  5. Any combination of the required amount of semester credit, SCECH and DPPD hours that equals 150 hour (see examples below)
  • 1 college credit is equivalent to 25 SCECH
  • To convert SB-CEU to SCECH:
    Multiply the SB-CEU by 10 (Example: 2.4 SB-CEU x 10 = 24 SCECH clock hours)
  • 1 college credit is equivalent to 25 DPPD clock hours

Old SB-CEUs can still be used for professional certification and are recorded in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)

All credits/hours need to be completed within five years prior to application AND since the issuance of last certificate.


Graduate Endorsements

Credit/Program Options for Certification

Depending on your situation, the options below can be designed in a planned program to satisfy credit hour options for professional certificate and/or renewal.

Option 1. Master's Degree

Earning a master's degree from an approved teacher education institution, with quality graduate education programs, will enhance teacher skills at various levels. It is recommended you meet with an appropriate College of Education advisor to select a planned program that meets your needs.

Option 2. Additional Major or Minor

The applicant may earn additional endorsements consisting of at least 20 hours within the College of Education or in approved subject area majors or minors. Program advisors must approve all additional endorsements. Applicants must also pass Michigan Subject Area tests.

Option 3. Additional Certificate Level

This option is available for candidates who wish to become certified at a level other than that of their original certificate. An example: a secondary teacher who wants to become elementary certified.

Option 4. Professional Development

Candidates selecting credit hours for their professional certificate may select one of the above options in an approved planned program with a College of Education advisor or choose courses in subject matter related to the applicant's teaching grade level and content endorsement. 

For further information contact:
COE Student Information and Services Center
401 C DeVos Center Pew Campus
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6495
Telephone: (616) 331-6650
E-mail: coeserve@gvsu.edu


Additional Information may be found at the Michigan Department of Education's Facts On Educator Certification available at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Facts_About_Teacher_Certification_In_Michigan_230612_7.pdf (January 2014 Version)