Frequently Asked Questions for MTTC Testing

I am from out-of-state. What Michigan teacher test(s) might I have to take?

Candidates from out-of-state teacher preparation programs and candidates with out-of-state teaching certificates who do not have at least three (3) years of successful teaching experience within the validity and grade level of the teaching certificate held and who have not completed 18 semester hours of approved post-BA study need to complete MTTC tests.

An out-of-state candidate must submit an application for Standard/Professional Education Teaching Certificate via the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). The consultant reviewing the candidate's application file will notify you of any testing requirements to be met.

If I already have a Michigan teaching certificate, why am I required to take any tests?

Teachers who hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate are required to take MTTC tests if they are adding a new endorsement to their certificate or if they are adding elementary-level certification when they already have secondary-level certification.  A certified teacher who completes the additional preparation and applies for a new endorsement or elementary-level certification, will be required to pass only the test for the new subject-area endorsement, or the Elementary Education test, or both, if applicable.

I need my Michigan Test for Teacher Certification results for another state to confirm that I passed the MTTC tests and that MTTC tests are required for teacher certification in Michigan. How do I get this information?

The Michigan Department of Education cannot send or communicate MTTC results to anyone. Examinees receive written official reports from Evaluations Systems group of Pearson. Those reports contain a printed statement recording whether or not an examinee has passed one or more MTTC tests. If the state does not accept this official report from you, then you may request an additional score report be sent to a certification official in the state reviewing your application for teacher certification.

NOTE: Forms required for the Illinois State Board of Education are to be executed only by the applicant's Michigan college or university and submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education along with the applicant's original score reports. Do not send forms to the Michigan Department of Education.

The MDE will confirm MTTC tests are required for Michigan teacher certification. Some states have a form for that purpose. You may send that form to:

Michigan Department of Education

Office of Educator Excellence

P.O. Box 30008

Lansing MI 48909

If you do not have such a form, then you may send a written letter of request, including the name and address of the state official who needs the information, to the address above.

I have taken, and passed, the subject-area test(s). How long are the test results valid?

A passing score on a subject-area test will remain valid for a period of five (5) years. After five years have elapsed and if a certificate or endorsement has not yet been issued, a teacher candidate will be required to retake the test until a passing score is achieved.

I have taken but not yet passed a subject-area test. How many times may I take a test?

There is no limit to the number of times you may retake any MTTC test. However, any test may continue to be retaken until passed but, after the fourth failure and every subsequent failure, it is recommended that the candidate seek academic counseling from college/university staff in an attempt to overcome testing deficiencies.

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