Teacher & Administrator Certification

Professional Teaching Certificate

Progression to Professional Certificate

The Michigan Professional Education Certificate is an advanced teaching license/credential beyond the Provisional Certificate.

  • Applicants must already hold a valid or expired Michigan Provisional Certificate.
  • Valid for up to five years
  • Expires on June 30 of the given year

Effective September 1, 2013, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) began processing Professional Certificate requests.  Applications are submitted online through MOECS (Michigan Online Educator Certification System) at http://www.michigan.gov/moecs.

Requirements

  • Three years of satisfactory teaching experience since the issue date of the initial certificate and within the validity and grade level of the Provisional Certificate;
  • Six semester credit hours of reading methods for elementary certified teachers and 3 semester credit hours of reading methods for secondary certified teachers; and
  • Three semester credit hours in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction which includes a field experience.* The following link provides a list of approved Michigan courses that meet this requirement under the Specialty Programs heading at the bottom of the page: http://www.michigan.gov/teachercert.

And one or a combination of the following:

(Within the five year period preceding the date of application and since the issue date of the most recent Provisional Certificate)**

  • 6 semester hours in a planned program at an approved EPI or 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement (s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university; or
    Note: Please reference this site http://www.chea.org/4dcgi/chea/search/index.html?MenuKey=main for regionally accrediting agencies.
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held; or
  • 150 District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) clock hours in accordance with Michigan School Code Sections 380.1527. The DPPD form is available in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System http://michigan.gov/moecs; or
    Note: If DPPD is used in combination with semester credit hours and/or SCECHs you are required to have 150 hours to renew. You are also required to complete the DPPD form (one per school year) and have it signed by the Principal or Designee of the school district and each page of DPPD activity initialed by the Principal or Designee. These records will be among the required documents provided at the time of application.
  • Completion of an approved Masterâ��s Degree or higher at any time.
    Note: 25 SCECHs are equivalent to 1 semester credit hour and 25 clock hours of DPPD are equivalent to 1 semester credit hour.

Professional Renewal

Renewal of the Professional Teaching Certificate is required every five years and is accomplished directly through the Michigan Department of Education. Effective September 1, 2013, the Michigan Department of Education began processing all teacher certification renewal applications. Applications for certificate renewals are submitted through MOECS (Michigan Online Educator Certification System).

Requirements

Requires one or a combination of the following completed within the five year period preceding the date of application and since the issue date of the previous professional or occupational certificate or renewal:

  • Completion of 6 semester credit hours in a planned program at an approved EPI or 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement (s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university.***
    Note: Please reference this site http://www.chea.org/4dcgi/chea/search/index.html?MenuKey=main for regionally accrediting agencies.
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).
  • 150 District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) clock hours in accordance with Michigan School Code Section 380.1527. The form is available in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System http://www.michigan.gov/moecs.
    Note: If DPPD is used in combination with semester credit hours and/or SCECHs you are required to have 150 hours to renew. You are also required to complete the DPPD form (one per school year) and have it signed by the Principal or Designee of the school district and each page of DPPD activity initialed by the Principal or Designee. Make sure to retain a copy of the signed DPPD form(s) for your records. OPPS will request this information for certificate renewal verification.

Advanced Professional Education Certificate (as of September 1, 2013)

(Initial advanced teaching license/credential; valid for up to five years)

Requirements:

  • The applicant currently holds the Professional Education Certificate.
  • The applicant holds national board certification or has completed a teacher leader training or preparation program approved by the superintendent of public instruction.
  • The applicant has received five consecutive effective or highly effective ratings on the annual teacher evaluation in the most recent 5-year period.

Program Standards for Advanced Professional:

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards http://www.nbpts.org/national-board-standards.
  • Teacher Leader Preparation Program Standards Teacher Leader Preparation Standards.

*Applicants who complete the reading diagnostics course out-of-state must have the Reading Diagnostics Course Certification form completed and signed by the out-of-state university. The form is available in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System http://www.michigan.gov/moecs.

**A planned program is credit earned towards a Master�s Degree in education or a field of study related to education or in an approved endorsement program (minimum 20 semester credit hours to obtain endorsement at a state approved EPI.

***A list of approved Michigan colleges or universities can be found in the Directory of Michigan Institutions of Higher Education.