Frequently Asked Questions
2. What is MOECS?
The Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS – pronounced “moe-ex”) is the system used by individuals to apply for, or renew, educator certificates, monitor their professional development needs for recertification and view the evaluation labels submitted by their employing school(s). School districts and/or staffing agencies use the system for permits, annual career authorizations, special education approvals, and school nurse certificates. Michigan college and university certification offices and alternative route programs use MOECS to recommend initial certificates and endorsements. Schools, education organizations, and professional development entities use MOECS to support educators in obtaining State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH).
3. How do I apply for a Michigan teaching certificate?
4. How do I renew my certificate?
You renew your certificate by logging into MOECS, updating your personal information, verifying and/or adding your professional learning, and following the application steps. Renewal requirements for the various certificates and licenses educators may hold can be found on our webpage under Teacher Recertification.
6. I submitted my application and the status now indicates WAITING FOR DOCUMENTS. What does that mean?
You must submit additional documents to complete your application. MOECS creates a cover letter that is specific to your application. Click on the application number and generate the cover letter to be printed. It includes a checklist of documents and instructions for submitting your complete packet. You may also review the Criteria for Accurate Teacher Certificate Application Documentation . Once all documentation has been received, scanned, and uploaded, you will see the status of your application change to PENDING EVALUATION.
7. How do I verify three years of teaching experience when applying for a professional education certificate?
The experience report form is found in the "Forms" area within your MOECS account. Use additional forms when experience is with multiple employers.
8. How do I apply for a Michigan teaching certificate if I completed my program and/or received my certificate in another state?
Create a MEIS account and self-register in MOECS and then submit a certificate application. Once you submit the application and pay the non-refundable evaluation fee, print your MOECS-generated application cover letter and mail with the specified documents as one complete packet. A staff consultant will review your packet for determination. More specific guidance is available for out-of-state applicants.
9. What certification tests do I have to take?
If you completed your program in Michigan, you may receive that information from the certification office at your institution. If you are coming from out-of-state, or completed an out-of-state program, you will be notified of the testing requirements once an evaluation of your certification application packet has been completed (see question 8 above). Required test(s) determination will not be made prior to evaluation.
10. I came from out-of-state and was issued a Michigan one-year temporary certificate. What happens after I pass the test required in my evaluation?
After testing, the official scores are sent to both you and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) according to the MTTC score report dates schedule. Once received, your application will be reviewed by MDE and the Michigan certificate your evaluation identified may be issued. It is not necessary to reapply once you pass your tests unless your application is no longer active (see question 12 below).
12. How long will my application remain active?
Your application will remain in the system for 2 years after submission and payment if no other action is taken. No evaluation will occur if required documentation is not received. Documentation that is received without a corresponding application will not be reviewed. For additional information review the application fees document.
13. What if I forgot my login information?
You must use the same login name each time you visit your MOECS account. You may retrieve login and password information by clicking the "Login Assistance" link on the login page. Do not create multiple MEIS accounts, as MOECS will not allow you access to your certification account by using a new login name.
14. How do I find my MEIS number?
When you create a MEIS account, you should save the confirmation page as it contains the MEIS ID number that you will need in order to register into MOECS the first time. If you didn't save the page, you can still get your account ID number in the "View/Update Profile" area in your MEIS account at www.michigan.gov/meis. The login name and password will be the same for MEIS and MOECS. Anytime you need to reset your password, it will be reset through MEIS. You may update your personal information in both systems. All communication regarding your certification and/or application(s) will be sent to you from MOECS using the email address you provide in the demographics portion of your MOECS account. If you choose to have a new password emailed to you, MEIS will use the email address associated with you in that account. MEIS also allows you to change your password immediately, without having to wait for an email.
15. How do I get a permit to substitute teach?
Permits are issued only to local and intermediate school districts, public school academies, and nonpublic schools. The district/school where you are substitute teaching, or would like to be employed, is responsible for applying for the permit for you. If you are employed by a third-party substitute teacher employment agency, either the agency or the school district will apply for the permit, depending on their contractual arrangements.
16. How do I pay for my certificate or permit?
Payment must be submitted using a credit or debit card bearing a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover logo. If you do not have a credit or debit card, it is recommended you purchase a pre-paid card available at many retail establishments (i.e., gas stations, grocery stores, etc.). The pay system is not currently compatible with tablets and/or smart phones.
17. What if my name, address, or other personal information has changed?
Log into your MOECS account and make all necessary changes by choosing the update button and enter your corrected information. Remember to save your changes. If you have made a name change, you must also print a new certificate and get it notarized.