MTTC Center Expands Availability Thanks to MDE, Pearson VUE Partnership

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

September 11, 2020

LANSING – Aspiring teachers now have more opportunities to complete the Michigan test for teacher certification (MTTC) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

Through an MDE partnership, Pearson VUE has expanded its professional center capacity in Michigan to provide additional hours and has reserved appointments for those taking the MTTC. The MTTC is designed to ensure that each certified teacher has the necessary basic skills and content knowledge to serve in Michigan schools.

Additionally, many partner centers across the state are open, such as the Central Michigan University (CMU) test center in Mt. Pleasant. It’s accepting testing appointments for the next six months.

“It is essential that all children in Michigan have access to a well-prepared educator who can aid them in their learning journey,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “We appreciate this partnership during these unprecedented times.”

All testing is through scheduled appointments. Scheduling test appointments can be done at the MTTC website at https://www.mttc.nesinc.com/ by using its seat availability tool to find a location and time convenient for the teacher candidate.

If additional capacity is needed, Pearson VUE and MDE will team to address specific geographic or exam needs. Possible solutions include working with existing partner sites to extend hours or days, adding additional partner sites, and creating a temporary test center.

“We strongly encourage all teacher candidates to sign up for a test time as soon as they are able,” said Leah Breen, director of MDE’s Office of Educator Excellence (OEE). “OEE oversees teacher candidate preparation standards and certification for all Michigan educators, and our staff is ready to assist teacher candidates with questions regarding the certification process.”

Recent graduates were offered opportunities to apply for a one-year temporary teaching certificate, which offers flexibility with testing, as long as eligible candidates apply before September 30, 2020, Breen added.

Individuals needing assistance or wanting to inquire about their eligibility for the one-year temporary certificate, or those with teacher certification questions, should contact OEE at MDE-EducatorHelp@Michigan.gov.

For more information on steps Pearson VUE test centers are taking to protect visitors from COVID-19, please visit the Pearson VUE website at https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update.aspx#health-and-safety.