Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Teacher Education

Teacher Certification Regulations in the State of Michigan

All persons teaching in Michigan public schools must be certified by the State Board of Education. Candidates who complete an approved teacher education program apply for teacher certification and are recommended to the State of Michigan by the university. Holders of the Michigan Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate are eligible to teach in the State of Michigan grades K–5 all subjects, K–8 Self–Contained Classrooms and grades 6–8 in subject areas.  Holders of the Michigan Secondary Provisional Teaching Certificate are eligible to teach in the State of Michigan grades 6–12 in subject areas and grades K–12 in specified subject areas.

In order for Michigan State University to recommend a person for a teaching certificate, that person must complete the requirements for the teacher certification program including the Internship Year Studies Program.

Initially, Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificates, elementary or secondary, are recommended by Michigan State University upon the satisfactory completion of program requirements and are generally valid for six years.

To be qualified to teach at the expiration of the provisional certificate, one must either qualify for a professional education certificate or for the renewal of the provisional certificate. Ultimately, teachers must fulfill the requirements for the Michigan Professional Education Certificate. Current requirements for advancing to the Professional Education Certificate or renewing a Provisional Certificate can be found on the Michigan Department of Education Web site at: http://www.michigan.gov/mde.

The detailed requirements for teacher certification are not set forth here.  Students who plan to teach should consult their academic advisors early in their programs of study to obtain information about the requirements for the particular teaching certificate in which they are interested. Admission to the teacher certification program requires application and satisfaction of minimum admission requirements. Refer to Admission to the Teacher Certification Program under Teacher Certification in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog for additional information.

Students who intend to pursue a teaching certificate should know that certification requires payment of a fee to the Michigan Department of Education. Payment of the fee is a certificate requirement that must be met prior to issuance of the teaching certificate. The Administrative Rules Governing the Certification of Michigan Teachers require that an application for certification must be made no later than five years after credit requirements have been met. Furthermore, the Administrative Rules Governing the Certification of Michigan Teachers ® 390.1201) states that:

  1. The state board may refuse to grant or renew, or may revoke or suspend for a fixed term, or may impose reasonable conditions on, a teaching certificate granted pursuant to these rules for the following reasons:
    (a) Fraud, material misrepresentation, or concealment in the application for a certificate.
    (b) Failure or ineligibility of the applicant or certificate holder to meet the criteria for eligibility for the certificate.
    (c) Conviction, as an adult, of an act of immoral conduct contributing to the delinquency of a child, or of a felony involving moral turpitude.
The College of Education solicits information that is used in making decisions regarding admission, continued enrollment in teacher certification programs, internship placements, and recommendations for teacher certification. Information concerning the procedures that the College follows in soliciting and acting on such information may be obtained in the College of Education Student Affairs office. Since the State of Michigan enters into reciprocal agreements with other states in regard to teacher certification, students should be aware that although other states have requirements similar to those of the State of Michigan, other states may impose additional requirements.

Students who intend to pursue a teaching certificate should also be apprised of the following:

(2) Beginning July 1, 1992, the State Board of Education shall only issue a teaching certificate to a person who has passed all portions of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) as follows:
(a) For a secondary level teaching certificate, has passed both a basic skills test and the appropriate available subject area test for each subject area (major or minor) in which he or she applies to be certified. At the secondary level, completion of course work for at least one major and one minor are required.
(b) For an elementary level teaching certificate, has passed a basic skills test and the elementary certification test, and has passed the appropriate available subject area test for each subject area, if any, in which he or she applies to be certified.
(10) The Michigan Department of Education, or if approved by the state board, a private testing service, may assess fees for taking a basic skills test, the elementary certification test, and the subject area tests.