Personnel and Professional Development

Special Education Personnel Approvals

Intermediate school districts (ISDs) and their member districts can request approvals for certain special education personnel, which are granted by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education (OSE) through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).

Visual Impairment & Deaf/Hard of Hearing Consortia for Teacher Preparation (VI & DHH Consortia)

The Michigan Department of Education has partnered with out-of-state universities with teacher preparation programs for teachers of children who are Blind/Visually Impaired or Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and two Michigan institutions of higher education, to deliver online programs that will permit certified teachers to obtain an additional endorsement on their Michigan teaching certificate in either Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Visual Impairment.

More information can be found on the MDE Low Incidence Outreach website:

Alt+Shift

Alt+Shift, encompassing Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative, strives to shift the way educators approach education by expanding perceptions of what is possible and promoting alternative practices that allow each of our learners to reach their full potential.

With a focus on collaboration with educators and positive impacts for students, Alt+Shift provides training, technical assistance, and co-constructed implementation planning designed to create and sustain accessible educational environments in which students learn and thrive.

Visit the Alt+Shift website for more information.

Michigan’s MTSS Technical Assistance Center

The MiMTSS Technical Assistance Center, formerly Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MIBLSI), works on behalf of the MDE to provide a continuum of technical assistance to ISDs, districts, and schools in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework.

The center's mission is to improve outcomes for all learners by assisting educators in developing infrastructures to support high-quality and sustained implementation of effective, data-driven practices within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework.

Additional information is available on the MiMTSS TA Center website.