How to Apply for Certification

MOECS Registration and Instructions for Certification

Once you have completed all the requirements needed for certification, you will need to apply through the Michigan Online Educator Certification Systems (MOECS) database. All teachers seeking certification of any kind must register with MOECS in order to receive their certificate. Please visit for more information on MOECS.

Click here to view the PDF MOECS Login and Access instructions.

Online Fee Payment

Once your MOECS application has been successfully submitted to the MDE through MOECS, you will receive an email with a link for you to pay the evaluation fee on-line, using a credit/debit card. You can also pay the application fee by logging into MOECS and clicking on the pending payment hyperlink on the home page. If you do not receive a payment email within two weeks of applying, please contact the GVSU Records/Registration Office regarding status of MOECS application.

Grand Valley State University
Records /Registration Office- 150 STU 1 Campus Drive Allendale, MI. 49401
Telephone: (616) 331-3327 Fax (616)-331-2000

If the certificate/renewal is approved, it will be available for printing from your MOECS home page. This process may take 2-3 weeks, Mid-September through April. However, it could take 4-5 weeks near certification expiration periods, May though beginning of September. If you do not receive notification of payment instructions from MOECS within one/two weeks, please contact the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) with questions about the status of your MOECS application.

PLEASE NOTE: For Initial Professional Teaching Certificate; or renewals of Provisional Certificate, Professional Education Certificate, School Administrator Certificate, Occupational Education Certificate, or School Psychologist License

You will receive instructions via email on where to send the required document after your application evaluation fee is paid. Please ensure your required documents have been received by the MDE. Their office will evaluate your application to determine if your application meets requirements for Michigan certification or renewal.

Support for MOECS

Support desk for the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS): Telephone: (517) 373-3310 or E-mail:

For further information about Teacher certification requirements and eligibility, explore the other Certification pages of our website or contact:

College of Education
Grand Valley State University 401 C DeVos Telephone: (616) 331-6650

Page last modified April 10, 2017