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We value your interest in teaching, and are eager to share information about the many advantages of teaching in a state where highest educational standards are the expected norm. Our staff is eager to assist you with matters regarding a possible transition to a public education career.
Thank you for serving our Nation and know that we stand ready to support and assist you to the best of our ability. We salute you!
For additional information or questions regarding educator certification, you may contact MDE-EducatorHelp@Michigan.gov.
Military Career to Education Career Transition
The education sector may be the perfect second career for you! Your military skillset and experiences could translate to the academic leadership in your classroom while you enjoy personal and professional growth as an educator.
Military Certificate Application Fee Reimbursement
Veterans with honorable discharges, active members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, active members of the National Guard or Reserve, as well as spouses of active members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces may request to have their application fee(s) reimbursed.
Military Service Credit for Certificate Renewal
To honor Michigan’s certified educators who are called to duty while holding a valid educator certificate, the Michigan Department of Education offers a service credit of up to 150 professional learning hours toward the renewal of his/her certificate.
Out-of-State Teacher Certification (Reciprocity) Process
Are you already certified in another state? Credentials earned in another state or country may differ from Michigan programs and credentials; however, the department attempts to match certificates, grade levels, and content endorsements as closely as possible.
Becoming a Michigan Teacher
We are excited you are interested in becoming a Michigan teacher! Learn more about the requirements and pathways for becoming a teacher.
Becoming a Michigan School Administrator
There are various pathways for individuals to earn a School Administrator Certificate, including traditional routes, alternative routes, and meeting the Experience-Based Certificate requirements.
JROTC and NNDCC Programs
The United States Armed Forces sponsors 6-12 grade level Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) programs in schools across the United States and on United States military bases across the world. These programs were created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act. Learn more about the programs and instructor requirements.