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Reading Instruction Requirements for Teaching Certificates

Reading Course Requirements

Michigan’s Teacher Certification Code contains two distinct requirements in the teaching of reading that all teachers must complete, one of which must be completed prior to earning an initial standard teaching certificate, and the other of which must be completed prior to advancing to a professional teaching certificate. 

Reading course requirements

Approved Reading Diagnostic Courses

MCL 380.1531 requires teachers satisfactorily complete an approved 3-credit course of study with appropriate field experiences in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction before they can be recommended for a professional teaching certificate. 

List of approved reading diagnostic courses

Out-of-State Reading Diagnostic Course

The Michigan Department of Education only holds the authority to approve reading diagnostic courses for Michigan institutions. Caution is advised to applicants seeking to fulfill the requirements of MCL 380.1531 through out-of-state institutions as many courses do not meet the requirements under Michigan law, or the out-of-state institution may not be able to complete the verification form assuring compliance. However, applicants may submit an out-of-state reading course verification form with their teaching certificate application for department review.

Out-of-state reading course verification form

New Reading Diagnostic Course Approval

Educator preparation institutions seeking to offer reading diagnostic coursework to fulfill the requirements of MCL 380.1531 must complete an application and receive Michigan Department of Education approval. Contact Ahlam Bazzi with any questions regarding the application process.

Application for MDE course approval