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

NOTE: after September 1, 2013 new Administrative Rules will be in effect for candidates applying for or seeking renewal of certificates. The approved Administrative Rules were filed on May 18, 2012.

Michigan Teacher Certification for In-State Candidates 

In Michigan, there are two types of teaching certificates that are currently being issued:

1. Provisional Certificate (Initial)

The initial teaching certificate issued in Michigan upon successful completion of an approved Michigan teacher preparation program. Valid for up to 6 years during which the holder is expected to gain experience as a successful practicing professional, and to acquire additional professional development through advanced study (completion of at least 18 semester hours in a planned course of study) as a prerequisite for the next level of certification. Can be renewed for up to 3 years with the completion of 9 semester credit hours in a planned program at an approved teacher preparation institution. A second 3-year renewal requires completion of 18 semester hours in a planned program at an approved teacher preparation institution.

2. Professional Education Certificate (Advanced)

Michigan's advanced teaching certificate. Requires completion of 18 semester hours in a planned course of study after the issuance of the Provisional certificate, completion of Michigan's reading requirement (6 semester hours of teaching reading for elementary teachers or 3 semester hours for secondary teachers and 3 years of successful teaching experience. 

Valid for up to 5 years.

Michigan Teacher Certification for Out-of-State Candidates 

For those candidates who hold a valid out-of-state teaching certificate and wish to become Michigan teacher certificated, there are several options:

  1. A Temporary Teacher Employment Authorization, in accordance with Section 1531, will be issued if individuals possess a valid out-of-state teaching certificate and have met all requirements for the Michigan Provisional certificate, except passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), and have completed the following: 

  1. Application for Michigan Provisional/Professional Education Certificate for Candidates Who Completed An Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Teacher Preparation Program. 

  2. Submission of all required documents; i.e., copies of out-of-state certificate(s), college transcript(s)/foreign evaluation and experience reports (if applicable). These documents must be submitted with the application. 

  3. Payment of appropriate fee. 

  1. A Michigan Professional Education certificate may be issued to an applicant who: 

    1. Holds a valid out-of-state teaching certificate (and has never held a Michigan teaching certificate). 

    2. Holds a master's or higher degree earned at any time or has completed at least 18 semester credit hours in a planned program following the issuance of their initial teaching certificate or license. 

    3. Has, following the issuance of their initial teaching certificate or license, completed 3 years of successful teaching experience within the validity of their out-of-state certificate. Documentation using the experience report form, provided with the application, is required. 

    4. Has completed Michigan's reading credit requirement of 3 semester hours of teaching reading for the secondary level certificate, or 6 semester hours of teaching reading for the elementary level certificate. 

If all the requirements above are met, a Michigan Professional Education certificate may be issued, and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification will not be required.


Alternate routes to certification completed in another state will require the completion of three years of teaching experience within the validity of the out-of-state regular standard teaching certificate.
 

Out-of-State Special Educator Applicants 

Applicants who completed a special education teacher preparation program may apply for specific special education endorsements on a Michigan teaching certificate.

The difference between a special education certificate with a specific endorsement in one or more of the special needs areas and a generic special education endorsement is the emphasis on preparation in a specific special need as opposed to general preparation across many special needs areas. The person with a generic endorsement may be qualified to have a specific special education endorsement in Michigan, but would need to meet the requirements listed below.

1.       Evaluation Process for Out-of-State Special Educators:

A.      Out-of-State Certificate with Specific Special Education Endorsement

A Michigan certificate may be issued in a specific area of special education if, in addition to the nonacademic requirements, the candidate has completed a 24-hour program in special education (a total of 24 hours in any kind of special education coursework) and a minimum number of semester hours in one or more of the following special need areas: 

Cognitive Impairment (9 semester credit hours)

Emotional Impairment (6 semester credit hours)

Learning Disabilities (6 semester credit hours)

Visual Impairment (12 semester credit hours)

Hearing Impairment (12 semester credit hours)

Physical or Other Health Impairment (12 semester credit hours)

B.      Out-of-State Special Education Generic Certificate

If, in addition to the nonacademic requirements, the transcript shows completion of 24 semester hours of coursework in special education from an approved college(s) with the required amount of hours in one or more special needs areas as stated above, a certificate with an endorsement in that area can be granted.

NOTE: The transcript must denote what special education endorsement areas the coursework is in. Otherwise, the applicant must have a written statement from the dean of the college of education at the university stating that the minimum number of credit hours in the specific area were completed. If the requirements for a Michigan special education certificate are not met, the candidate may then be directed to an approved Michigan teacher preparation institution to complete an approved special education program.

 

School Counselor Endorsement, Authorizations, Certification/License 

School Guidance Counselor License 

Is issued to an instate or out-of-state candidate under the provisions of 1233(2)(b)(i) of the Revised School Code.  Eligible candidates must: 

  • Hold a master's or higher degree awarded after completion of an approved School Counselor Education program that includes at least all skills and content areas or their equivalent required by Michigan law. 
  • Has successfully completed the Michigan Department of Education's Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Guidance Counselor examination; in order to be evaluated for the license by MDE or recommended by an in-state university with an approved School Counselor Education program. 
The license is valid for five years and is renewable by completing 6 semester hours of credit at any four year or community college listed in the Directory of Michigan Institutions or Higher Education, or 18 State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEUs) or a combination of the two (3 SB-CEUs are equivalent to 1 semester hour of credit). Credits completed at an approved out of stat four-year teacher preparation institution are also acceptable. Semester credits or SB-CEU's must have been completed within the five year period preceding the date of application and after the date of issuance of the previous certificate.

 

Preliminary Employment Authorization to Work as A School Counselor 

Is available to a candidate of a Michigan school counselor preparation institution who has completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work in an approved school guidance counseling program AND passed the Guidance Counselor subject area exam on the MTTC.  This authorization is valid for three years and is nonrenewable.  During the three-year validity period, a person is expected to complete the remainder of any outstanding courses/practicum to be eligible for the Guidance and Counseling endorsement (NT) to be added to a valid Michigan teaching certificate. The Preliminary authorization can also be issued to candidates seeking an interim credential prior to being granted the School Counselor License. 

 

Temporary  School Counselor Authorization 

May be issued to out-of-state candidates who meet the educational and/or specific experience requirements, as assessed by MDE but have yet to take and pass the required examination. Authorization is valid for one year only and is nonrenewable. 

For additional information regarding School Counselor Authorizations, School Counselor License, or for out-of-state School Counseling endorsements on Michigan Teaching certificates,
contact Beatrice Harrison, Higher Education Consultant at either
HarrisonB@Mi.gov or 517-241-0046.

 







updated 07/23/2012
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