Teacher & Administrator Certification

Provisional Teaching Certificate

Initial Provisional Certificate

The initial teaching certificate is issued in Michigan upon successful completion of a state approved teacher preparation program and passage of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) exams, including the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE).

  • Valid for up to six years
  • Expires on June 30 of the given year
  • Holder is expected to gain at least three years of successful teaching experience and complete required credits in order to progress to the next level of certification.

For more information, contact the Teacher Education Program at te.program@umich.edu or 734-615-1528.

Provisional Renewal

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

Renewal Time Limits

Each renewal is valid for up to 3 years, and expires on June 30 of the given year.

First renewal requires completion of ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study* 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 earned within the three years preceding the date of application; or
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate earned within the three years preceding the date of application; or
  • Combination of semester credit hours and SCECHs (25 SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour) equivalent to 150 hours earned within the three years preceding the date of application; or
  • Completion of an approved Master’s Degree or higher at any time.

Second renewal requires completion of ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study* 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 earned since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding the date of application; or
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate earned since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding the date of application; or
  • Combination of semester credit hours and SCECHs (25 SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour) equivalent to 150 hours earned since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding the date of application; or
  • Completion of an approved Master’s Degree or higher at any time.

Third renewal requires sponsorship by the local school district or private school, completion of all academic requirements for the Professional Education Certificate, and approval by the MDE. This renewal will not be issued to individuals who meet all the requirements for the Professional Education Certificate.

*A planned program is credit earned toward 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.