Michigan Teaching Certifications

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Information currently listed:

  • Journalism Teaching Endorsement: Yes - The Administrative Rules Governing Certification of Michigan Teachers requires that all teachers hold the appropriate endorsement for the subject(s) they are assigned to teach. Given that, there are a few different ways one could teach Journalism (or Journalism related courses, such yearbook, media, news/broadcasting) at the middle and high school level. This provides the endorsements a person could obtain in order to teach Journalism or Journalism related classes. The document has a few nuances (i.e. the LA BX endorsement issued only for elementary level), so Sarah-Kate LaVan is more than happy to talk it through if anyone has any questions. Click on the "Journalism" category for more information.
  • Pass state assessment or certification test/s (tests needed): The information below explains how one would obtain Michigan's Provisional Certificate (Michigan's initial teaching license/credential).
  • The initial teaching certificate is issued in Michigan upon successful completion of a state approved teacher preparation program and passage of the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) exams.
  • Programs completed through universities outside of Michigan must be approved for the certification of teachers by another state. Contact that state's education department for information. Upon completion of the out-of state program, candidates must apply for Michigan teacher certification, and their credentials must be evaluated by Office of Professional Preparation Services.
  • NCATE or National Accreditation required: Yes - Michigan does require teacher preparation programs to be approved by MDE (and then accredited by TEAC or NCATE) if they want to prepare and recommend teachers for a teaching certificate. This is the webpage which lists the approved teacher preparation programs. You can search by institution or program.
  • Accepts candidates from states participating in the NASDTEC Interstate Contract: Michigan DOES belong to the Interstate Certification Compact, the NASDTEC Interstate Contract (Teachers only).

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Information from:

Sarah-Kate LaVan, LaVanS@michigan.gov