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Oral Proficiency Interview Requirement for World Language Endorsements

All Michigan teacher candidates for world language endorsements must achieve appropriate levels on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or Oral Proficiency Interview – Computer (OPIc). This requirement is in addition to passing the appropriate world language test from the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.

The minimum levels required for the ACTFL OPI and OPIc for each language are indicated below:

  • Advanced Low for: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Intermediate High for: Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese

Registering for the OPI

Candidates should review the OPI Registration Information for Michigan Teacher Candidates before registering for the OPI at Language Testing International (LTI).

If a candidate has already taken the OPI and has met the minimum level required for a language, the OPI does not have to be taken again.

Submitting OPI Results

Teacher candidates who completed their educator preparation program through a Michigan educator preparation institution must obtain a PDF printout of their OPI results and submit the printout to their Michigan institution in accordance with instructions from the institution.

Teacher candidates who completed their educator preparation program at an educator preparation institution outside of Michigan must obtain a PDF printout of their OPI results and submit the printout to the Michigan Department of Education via one of the following ways:

  • Mailing the printout with a copy of their application cover letter to the address at the bottom of the cover letter; or
  • Email the printout to MDE-EducatorHelp@Michigan.gov.