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About Teacher Certification

• Facts On Educator Certification In Michigan PDF icon Updated 01/15/2014. This document provides a comprehensive summary of all certificate types and requirements. Instructions are included for the application process. In-state and out-of-state candidates should review this document prior to submitting an application.

• Educator Certification verification Search to verify status of Michigan Teacher Certificate and/or valid permits (expired permits do not appear in search results).

• Submitting Certification ApplicationsEducators apply for, and renew, certification online. For more detailed information on MOECS and to access the system, please visit http://www.michigan.gov/moecs.

• Educator Certification System (MOECS) Frequently Asked Questions

• Professional Educator Certification and Services Unit Contacts


Current Update

• District Provided Professional Development Documentation Required for the Renewal of the Professional and Occupational Certificates PDF icon Recent changes in the Teacher Certification Code (MCL §390.1132(c) and §390.1135(1)(c)) enable Michigan teachers to utilize District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) for the purpose of Professional and Occupational certificate renewal. For purposes of compliance with MCL §390.1132(c) the five days of required professional development (MCL§380.1527) are equivalent to 30 clock hours.

• Guidance for District Provided Professional Development Used for Professional and Occupational Certificate Renewal PDF icon

• Educator Certificate Renewal and Advancement (01/10/2013 Memo) PDF icon

• 2013-14 Educator Shortage Areas for Employment of Retirees PDF icon List of educator shortage areas identified by the Michigan Department of Education for the employment of retirees in accordance with MCL 38.1361 as amended by HB-5261 (2012). Section 1361(5) of the law exempts retirees from the earnings limitations until July 1, 2014, and limits the period of employment to three years.

• Expansion of 2013-14 Educator Shortage Areas for Employment of Retirees PDF icon memo issued 10/03/2013

• Educator Certification Administrative Rules

• 2013 Fall Conference The Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) participates in the Michigan Department of Education's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability Fall Conference. It is an opportunity for OPPS to present sessions in multiple formats; panel/round table discussions, mini skills, and question & answer on various topics.


Features Programs & Services

• Secure Central Registry (SCR) Log-in at www.Getmipd.com

• NCLB & Highly Qualified Information

• State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH)/ Secure Central Registry (SCR) Formerly known as SB-CEUs

• World Language Teacher Opportunities Teaching in Taiwan Program; Chinese Language Teacher Exchange

• Educator Certification verification Search to verify status of Michigan Teacher Certificate and/or valid permits (expired permits do not appear in search results).

• National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and National Board Certification

• Professional Development Courses, Tools and Resources Online at Michigan LearnPort

• Initial In-State/Out-of-State Teacher Certification


Resources

• Principal Effectiveness Ratings

• Principal Evaluation Factors

• Appropriate Assignments for Elementary Certified Teachers PDF icon

• Michigan Online Resources for Educators - MeL.org MORE is a project of the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Education and Wayne State University.

• Michigan Teacher Preparation Institutions: Certification Personnel DOC icon

• Facts On Educator Certification In Michigan PDF icon Updated 01/15/2014. This document provides a comprehensive summary of all certificate types and requirements. Instructions are included for the application process. In-state and out-of-state candidates should review this document prior to submitting an application.

• Classes That Can be Taught - NCLB DOC icon Updated 03/25/2014.

• CIP Program Endorsements for CTE Instruction PDF icon Updated 04/15/2014.

• CTE Teacher Certification FAQs PDF icon Updated 09/10/2013

• Annual Occupational Authorization Process for State Approved CTE Programs PDF icon

• Endorsement Standards

• Certification Requirements for 50 States

• First Aid and CPR Requirements for the Initial Certification of Michigan Teachers

• Facts about Teacher Permits DOC icon All permits, including substitute permits, are applied for by school districts, or their agents. Individuals CAN NOT apply for any type of permits on their own behalf.
Updated 01/03/2014.


Laws, Rules, Policies

• Teacher Certification Administrative Rules PDF icon

• Administrator Certification Code Rules

• School Counselor Administrative Rules PDF icon

• School Psychologist Certificate Administrative Rules PDF icon

• Criminal History Checks and Conviction Information

• Approved Sites for Live Scan (Criminal History) DOC icon


Specialty Programs

• Approved Reading Diagnostic Courses PDF icon MDE approved courses listed by EPI which fulfill the PA32 requirement. Updated 02/11/2014.

• Reading Diagnostic Course Completed Out-of-State Only Verification Form PDF icon Caution is advised to applicants seeking to fulfill this requirement through out-of-state institutions as many courses do not meet the requirements under Michigan law, or the out-of-state institution may not be able to complete the verification form assuring compliance. Updated 03/31/2014.

• Approved Teacher Preparation Institutions and Specialty Programs Searchable database of Michigan college and university certification endorsement programs.

• Approved Career and Technical Education Programs PDF icon EPI approved CTE programs including CIP Codes.

• Approved Providers of Courses for First Aid and CPR PDF icon

• Approved Principal Preparation Programs DOC icon

• Regionally accredited colleges and universities are recognized by one of these agenciesMiddle States Commission on Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Search for Institutions at National Center for Education Statistics

Satisfactory college semester credit hours are those earning a grade of C or better, or the equivalent.




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