Alert! MDE Educator Certification changes as of June 23, 2014
Effective immediately are changes in MDE rules:
Applicants who have previously been denied certificate renewal or progression to the professional certificate and who have completed one or more of the above, should reapply in MOECS to be granted certification under the new requirements. Reapplying will initiate this process.
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It is recommended to wait at least two years before completing credits/hours required for professional certification. All credits/hours need to be completed within FIVE years of application for Professional Certification AND after the issuance of your initial provisional certificate. Credit hours options older than FIVE years will not count toward professional certification.
Note: State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) replaces State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEU)
Candidates for professional certification who have not yet had a provisional renewal must meet ONE of the following requirements :
Old SB-CEUs can still be used for professional certification and are recorded in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).
In addition, the Michigan Department of Education requires:
Once both Part A and B requirements are met, a professional certificate may be granted.
Educators who have already received a provisional renewal must complete additional credits/hours for professional certification or an additional renewal unless using a completed approved masters degree. Above reading requirement must still be met when using a masters degree.
Question: When I am ready, how do I apply for my professional certificate?
Answer: Upon completion of requirements, candidates must have a MEIS account and initiate the certification recommendation process by self-registering online through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). For instructions on how to create a MEIS account and apply for your professional, renewal, or endorsement, go to: www.michigan.gov/moecs
Note: Educators will be able to print their own electronic certificate and employers must verify the validity of the certificate via MOECS.
Question: What if my Provisional Certificate expires and I don't have all the requirements met for Professional Certification?
Answer: If you have not completed all the requirements for the professional certificate by the expiration date of your initial provisional, you may renew your certificate by completing number 1,2, 3, or 4 mentioned previously. Courses for the first renewal must be taken within three years prior to application. Note: You may NOT use DPPDs for renewals.
The first renewal is valid for 3 years. If requirements for the professional certificate are not met by the expiration date of the first renewal, a second three year renewal may be obtained by completing number 1,2, 3, or 4 within the three year time limit prior to application. Note: You may NOT use DPPDs for second renewals.
Question: What if I'm not currently teaching? Should I still renew my Provisional Certificate? Should I "spend" one of my two renewals?
Answer: Unless you need your Provisional Certificate for employment, you are advised to let it lapse. You can renew it at any time if you have fulfilled one of the options described earlier within the three years prior to applying for your renewal.
Question: If I don't have a full time teaching job, how can I gain my three years experience?
Answer: Substituting will count toward your teaching experience as long as it is in the area you are certified to teach. Experience can be accumulated through part-time (including substitute) teaching, under the following formula: 150 days = 1 year, 2 1/2 hours = 1 day. No more than one day can be counted in a day; no more than one year can be counted in a year. It is critical you keep track of your substitute hours, dates, placement, and schools for verification of work experience.
Question: What if I have a master's or higher degree?
Answer: An approved masters degree will meet the requirements for the provisional renewal and professional certificate. The reading requirement mentioned previously will need to be met. (Approved reading course offerings)
Question: What if I have earned my Professional Certificate? What do I have to do to maintain it?
Answer: You would be required to meet one of the listed options (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 ) from part A mentioned under the professional certificate requirements. All credit hours need to be completed within FIVE years of application for Professional Renewal and after the issuance of the most recent certificate.
All professional education certificates expire 5 years from June 30 of the calendar year that the certificate was issued.
Effective July 1, 2009, Michigan Public Act 118 of 2006 requires candidates for the Michigan Professional Certificate to complete a course in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. At Grand Valley State University, the following courses meet this requirement:
Candidates for professional certification renewals must meet ONE of the following requirements:
Old SB-CEUs can still be used for professional certification and are recorded in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)
All credits/hours need to be completed within five years prior to application AND since the issuance of last certificate.
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Depending on your situation, the options below can be designed in a planned program to satisfy credit hour options for professional certificate and/or renewal.
Option 1. Master's Degree
Earning a master's degree from an approved teacher education institution, with quality graduate education programs, will enhance teacher skills at various levels. It is recommended you meet with an appropriate College of Education advisor to select a planned program that meets your needs.
Option 2. Additional Major or Minor
The applicant may earn additional endorsements consisting of at least 20 hours within the College of Education or in approved subject area majors or minors. Program advisors must approve all additional endorsements. Applicants must also pass Michigan Subject Area tests.
Option 3. Additional Certificate Level
This option is available for candidates who wish to become certified at a level other than that of their original certificate. An example: a secondary teacher who wants to become elementary certified.
Option 4. Professional Development
Candidates selecting credit hours for their professional certificate may select one of the above options in an approved planned program with a College of Education advisor or choose courses in subject matter related to the applicant's teaching grade level and content endorsement.
For further information contact:
COE Student Information and Services Center
401 C DeVos Center Pew Campus
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6495
Telephone: (616) 331-6650
Additional Information may be found at the Michigan Department of Education's Facts On Educator Certification available at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Facts_About_Teacher_Certification_In_Michigan_230612_7.pdf (January 2014 Version)