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Frequently Asked Questions on using the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)


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The Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) is responsible for ensuring qualified educators by implementing requirements for their initial preparation and certification, and certificate renewal based on appropriate professional development to enhance instruction and achievement for all students.
This service area is comprised of the following units:

• Professional Educator Certification and Services Unit

• Professional Accountability Unit, and Professional Preparation and Learning Unit

• Customer Service Survey Please take a few minutes to complete our five question online survey. Customer feedback allows the Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) to celebrate and improve the service that we provide to you.

Current Topics

• Policy Brief Regarding the Professional Readiness Examination PDF icon The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) conducted a study of the results of two administrations of the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) to determine correlations between the PRE and the Michigan Merit Examination, as well as the ACT. MDE also reviewed the application of a standard error of measurement to the PRE subtests. The methodology, analysis and resulting policy recommendations are included in this brief.

• Clarification on Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) PDF icon The Michigan State Police (MSP) has forwarded a letter to all local school districts, intermediate school districts (ISD) and public school academies (PSA) regarding the use of the criminal history record information (CHRI) as required under MCL 380.1230a. This memorandum provides additional clarification to support and reiterate MSP's notification. Vendors/contractors and management companies who place contract personnel such as substitute teachers, bus drivers, food service, janitorial, etc., are not eligible to receive the CHRI effective January 1, 2014.

• Use of Non-Certificated Teachers PDF icon This memo advises districts and public school academies of Michigan law related to the use of non-certificated teachers by local school districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies when engaged in instruction and the corresponding school aid adjustments for use of non-certified teachers. Two sections of the State School Aid Act address this situation: Section 6(8) (MCL 388.1606) and Section 163 (MCL 388.1763).

• District Provided Professional Development Documentation Required for the Renewal of the Professional and Occupational Certificates PDF icon

• Alternate Route to Interim Teacher Certification Information (for providers only) PDF icon

• Educator Certification Administrative Rules

• NCLB & Highly Qualified Information

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

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