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Out-of-State Applicants

Out-of-state certification programs and credentials may differ from Michigan programs and credentials; however, the Department attempts to match out-of-state certificates, grade levels and content endorsements, as closely as possible.

Individuals who seek out or complete an administrator preparation program at institutions or universities outside the state of Michigan (regardless of whether it is online or face-to-face) must meet the requirements of that state. MDE does not have the authority to approve out-of-state educator preparation programs prior to completion. Upon completion of the preparation program and issuance of the out-of-state certificate or license, administrators may apply for a comparable Michigan School Administrator Certificate. The application must be submitted to the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). Accurate responses and supporting documentation are required to be evaluated.