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Teacher Permit Options Overview

Daily Substitute Permit Options

Daily Substitute Permit

  • Used for INTERMITTENT daily substitute assignments when a teacher is temporarily unavailable.
  • Requires at least 60 semester hours of satisfactory credit (grade ‘C’ or better) combined from one or more regionally accredited two- or four-year colleges or universities.
  • Is limited in a single teaching assignment to no more than 90-calendar days.

Extension of the Daily Substitute Permit

  • A Daily Substitute Permit may be EXTENDED to provide additional coverage when the teacher is unable to return to the classroom and a properly prepared, certified, endorsed or otherwise authorized individual is unavailable.
  • Requires at least 60 semester hours of satisfactory credit (grade ‘C’ or better) combined from one or more regionally accredited two- or four-year colleges or universities.
  • Requires a formal satisfactory observation.
  • Requires the district/school to assign a mentor teacher.
  • Limited to one additional 90-calendar days in the same teaching assignment.
  • An Emergency Extension may be approved by the State Superintendent when/if circumstances warrant. Schools should review the Daily Substitute Transition Plan guidance prior to considering the Emergency Extension option.

Full-Year Permit Options

A full-year substitute permit is valid from the date of issuance through August 31st of the academic year in which it is issued. The following substitute permits authorize a non-certified or endorsed individual to teach up to a maximum of 4 years in the assigned area.

Full-Year BASIC Substitute Permit

  • Requires at least 60 semester hours of satisfactory credit (grade ‘C’ or better) combined from one or more regionally accredited two- or four-year colleges or universities.
  • If the assignment is in a core discipline area, the individual must have a corresponding major (or equivalent of 30 semester hours in the content area) on the transcript or passing scores on the state approved discipline area test.
  • Requires the district/school to assign a mentor teacher.
  • Can be renewed for subsequent years if the following conditions have been met:

Full-Year SHORTAGE Substitute Permit

  • Is only approved up to 0.5 FTE per teacher.
  • Requires the teacher to hold a Michigan Professional, Advanced Professional Teaching, Permanent, Life or Continuing Certificate.
  • If the assignment is in a core subject area, the individual must have a corresponding major or passing scores on the state approved subject area test.
  • Is limited to a maximum of three subject areas per permit.
  • For assignments in special education, schools should utilize the existing Special Education Personnel Approval System.
  • Can be renewed with effective or highly effective ratings in the assigned area.

Full-Year EXPERT Substitute Permit

  • Is not approved for assignments of more than 0.5 FTE
  • Requires the individual to have demonstrated unusual distinction or exceptional talent in the field of specialization that will be taught.
  • Requires the individual to have at least 5 years of successful work experience in the field of specialization to be taught.
    • An individual who teaches a world language is exempt from this work requirement but is required to demonstrate oral language proficiency by passage of an appropriate state approved world language oral examination.
  • If the assignment is in a core subject area:
    • The individual must have a corresponding major or passing scores on a state approved subject area test.
    • Requires the individual to hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an approved regionally accredited institution.
  • If the assignment is in a non-core subject area the individual must either:
    • have completed at least 60 semester hours of satisfactory credit (grade ‘C’ or better) combined from one or more regionally accredited two or four-year colleges or universities; and
    • hold a corresponding business or industry license if an applicable license is available

    OR

    • holds a bachelor’s or higher degree from an approved regionally accredited institution.
  • Can be renewed with effective or highly effective ratings in the assigned area.
  • It is recommended that the district/school assign a mentor teacher.

 

Detailed guidance on permits can be found within the Facts About Michigan Substitute Permits document, along with guidance on obtaining the School Administrator Permit. Utilize the Permits: How they Work guidance for specific application directions.

Additionally, the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE) authorizes MDE to grant temporary approval as a teacher of students with disabilities to individuals who hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate (R 340.1783). Similar to a permit, this Special Education Approval is applied for and obtained through MOECS.