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Educator Certification Requirements
Alert! Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Educator Certification changes as of November 15, 2017
Effective immediately are changes in MDE rules:
- The MDE Provisional Teaching Certificate has changed to a Standard Teaching Certificate.
- The Standard Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year upon completion of requirements.
- Current Provisional teaching certificates will be automatically converted into Standard teaching certificates.
- Teachers who have lapsed Provisional Teaching Certificates (or Standard Teaching Certificates) will now be eligible to renew under the Standard Teaching Certificate upon completion of requirements.
Applications for teacher certification must be completed in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).
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Standard Teaching Certificate
The Standard Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year.
Professional Teaching Certificate
Candidates interested in progressing to a Professional Teaching Certificate prior to July 1, 2018 must meet Michigan Department of Education requirements.
Requirements for progressing to a Professional Teaching Certificate change effective July 1, 2018. The new Michigan Department of Education requirements must be met beginning July 1, 2018 or later.
The Professional Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year.
Reading Requirement for Professional Certification
Effective July 1, 2009, candidates for the Michigan Professional Certificate to are required to complete a course in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. At Grand Valley State University, this requirement can be met with the following courses.
Note: The reading diagnostics requirement mentioned above for progression to the Professional Teaching Certificate is different than the reading methods requirement for the Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate. If you completed an initial teaching certificate at a Michigan Institution of Higher Education after 1985, your coursework likely already meets the reading methods requirement. If you completed your initial teaching certificate out of state, please verify that the reading methods requirement has been met by your previous coursework with the GVSU Teacher Certification Officer. Completion of the reading methods requirement is necessary to obtain a Standard Teaching Certificate, however both the reading methods and the reading diagnostics requirements are necessary to obtain a Professional Teaching Certificate.
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 Standard Teaching Certificate expires and I don't have all the requirements met for Professional Certification?
Answer: The Standard Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year.
Question: What if I'm not currently teaching? Should I still renew my Standard Teaching Certificate?
Answer: Unless you need your Standard Teaching Certificate for employment, you are advised to let it lapse. You can renew your Standard Teaching Certificate at any time upon completion of MDE requirements.
Question: How does a master's or higher degree impact my teaching certificate?
Answer: An approved master's degree will meet the requirements for a Standard Teaching Certificate renewal one time or for progression to the Professional Teaching Certificate. In order to progress to the Professional Teaching Certificate, additional requirements such as the reading requirement will need to be met. (Approved reading course offerings)
Question: What if I have earned my Professional Teaching Certificate? What do I have to do to maintain it?
Answer: Michigan Department of Education requirements for Professional Teaching Certificate renewal must be met.
Question: What counts as successful teaching experience for progression to the Professional Teaching Certificate?
Answer: Starting July 1, 2018, successful teaching experience must meet revised MDE requirements.
School Administrator Certificate
Candidates interested in obtaining a School Administrator Certificate must meet Michigan Department of Education requirements.
School administrators whose primary responsibility is administering instructional programs must hold a valid School Administrator Certificate.
This includes the following positions:
- Assistant Principal
- Chief Business Official
The School Administrator Certificate is a five-year certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year.
College of Education offers endorsements in Educational Leadership, Instruction and Curriculum, Literacy Studies, and Special Education.
Options for Certificate Renewal
One of the following education-related professional learning options must be earned since the issue date of the most recent Standard Teaching Certificate or renewal, and they must be entered into Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) prior to applying for the renewal for the system to recognize your eligibility:
Option 1. University Coursework (Master's Degree or Additional Endorsements)
- 6 semester credit hours appropriate to the content and grade level of the certificate and endorsement from a regionally accredited college or university; or
- 6 semester hours in a planned course of study** from a regionally accredited college or university
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.
Candidates may also choose to complete additional endorsements consisting of at least 20 semester hours in approved subject area majors or minors. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Advising must approve all additional major or minor endorsements. Applicants must also pass Michigan Subject Area tests.
Option 2. Professional Learning
- 150 Michigan State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the content and grade level of the certificate and endorsement; or
- 150 hours of Michigan District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) appropriate to the content and grade level of the certificate and endorsement.
- Any combination of the above.
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