Frequently Asked Questions
2. How do I apply for a Michigan teaching certificate?
One must apply using the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS - pronounced "moe-ex"). The system is used by individuals to apply for, or renew, teaching certificates. School districts and/or staffing agencies use the system for permits, annual occupational authorizations, and school nurse certificates. Michigan college and university certification offices use MOECS to recommend initial certificates and endorsements. Access MOECS by visiting: http://www.michigan.gov/moecs. A login name and password is required. Once you are at the log in screen, you will need to click "Login Assistance" if you have not previously accessed the system. This will take you to the Account Search feature. Conduct your name search, and the next screen will state "No Account". Click on "Create Initial Account", which will take you to the Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) which creates all Login names and passwords. Print your confirmation page MEIS provides, as you will need the information when registering into MOECS the first time.
3. How do I renew my certificate?
You renew your certificate by logging into MOECS, updating your personal information, add your professional learning, and following the application steps. If you have not previously accessed your MOECS certification account, you will need to create a MEIS account and self-register before you can log on to MOECS.
5. I submitted my application and the status now indicates WAITING FOR DOCUMENTS. What does that mean?
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 document. Once all documentation has been received, scanned, and uploaded, you will see the status of your application change to PENDING EVALUATION.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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. Required test(s) determination will not be made prior to evaluation.
9. I came from out of state and was issued a Michigan Temporary Teacher Employment Authorization. What happens after I pass the required test?
Your certificate may be issued once passing test scores are verified by MDE.
11. How long will my application remain active?
It will remain in the system for 2 years after submission if no other action is taken. No evaluation will occur if an application is in "Pending Payment" status, even if documents have been received. Do not send any documentation, or have institutions send transcripts, if an application has not been submitted.
12. 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.
13. How do I find my MEIS number?
When you create a MEIS account, you should print 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 print 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 user 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.
14. 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 is responsible for applying for the permit for you if you do not hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate. 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.
15. 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 SmartPhones.
16. 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 save your changes. If you have made a name change, you must also print a new certificate.