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Teacher Recertification

Certificate Types and Requirements

Teaching certificates are valid for 5 years and expire June 30. Certificates are able to be renewed beginning January 1 of the year they expire or, once requirements are met, progressed at any time to a more advanced certificate. Certificates have the same renewal and progression requirements regardless of if they are valid or expired. 

There is no state-level penalty for a certificate lapse, but there may be local employment implications. Individuals should work with their district to ensure requirements are met for renewal and the district may apply for temporary credentials in the case of a lapse.

Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal

The Standard Teaching Certificate is Michigan's initial teaching certificate issued to teacher preparation program completers.  It is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year. Progression to the Professional Teaching Certificate (tier 2 license) is optional for Michigan educators.

Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal

Progressing to the Professional Teaching Certificate

The Professional Teaching Certificate is Michigan’s 2nd tier of licensure. Progression to the Professional Teaching Certificate is optional for Michigan educators. This 2nd tier certificate is a recognition of additional literacy knowledge and teaching expertise and is also intended to reflect an educator’s completion of new teacher mentoring and induction supports into the profession. It is valid for up to 5 years and progression may be applied for any time requirements are met.

Progressing to the Professional Teaching Certificate

Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

The Professional Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year.

Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate

The Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate is available to individuals who hold a Professional Teaching Certificate and recognizes an educator's teaching experience and advanced skills and training in master teaching and/or teacher leadership. The certificate is valid for up to 5 years.

Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate

Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

The Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate (APC) is valid for 5 years and each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year.

Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

Teacher Recertification Resources

Return to the Profession

Learn more about renewing your Michigan Teaching Certificate if it has expired or you have been teaching out-of-state.

Return to the Profession

Reading Coursework

Learn more about the reading coursework required for Michigan Teacher Certification.

Certificate Application Fee Reimbursement

Learn more about an opportunity receive a reimbursement of your certificate application fee for individuals who add an additional endorsement or are recertifying for the first time.
Certificate Application Fee Reimbursement

Recertification Without Educator Evaluation in Response to  COVID-19

Learn about how a "No Eval Emergency Order" evaluation in the 2019-20 academic year impacts your certificate.

Recertification Without Educator Evaluations in Response to COVID-19