Chinese Teaching Certificate in Michigan

Jun 28, 2018

Chinese teachers can work at many levels of the U.S. public education system. In Michigan, aspiring Chinese teachers must complete a number of education and testing steps in order to qualify for certification.

Over the last couple of decades, China has emerged as an economic superpower and global player. Given China's ever growing influence on the world, the need for other countries to produce Chinese language speakers is greater than ever before; therefore, the role of Chinese teachers has never been more important. To become a Chinese teacher in the state of Michigan, candidates must obtain licensure and a Chinese teaching endorsement. The steps that candidates need to follow for Chinese teacher certification are described here.

Chinese Teaching Certification Requirements in Michigan

Average Salary for Teachers in Michigan (2017)* $62,720 (Elementary), $64,620 (Middle), $62,910 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Chinese
Testing Requirements Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Chinese (Mandarin) (test code 101)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Degree

Aspiring Chinese teachers in Michigan must first obtain a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. While undertaking a degree, teacher candidates must also complete an approved teacher preparation program. Candidates taking a major in Chinese (Mandarin) should complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework. Those taking a minor in Chinese (Mandarin) must complete of minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework. Coursework will generally include classes in topics such as Chinese grammar, conversation and culture.

Candidates who already hold a teaching certificate and wish to add Chinese as an endorsement must complete 20 semester hours of coursework.

Step 2: Pass All Required Testing

Once a candidate has completed their degree program, teacher preparation program and/or endorsement program, they must then pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) (Chinese - Mandarin) (test code 101). The test consists of 35 multiple-choice questions and eight constructed-response assignments. The pass score is 220.

The test may be taken as early in a college program as a candidate wishes. However, an academic advisor will often suggest that at least 90% of the coursework requirement should be completed prior to taking the test.

Candidates seeking elementary-level teaching certification must successfully pass the MTTC Elementary Education test (test code 103). The pass score is once again 220. These candidates will then have to pass the Chinese (Mandarin) subject-area test (test code 101) if they want to teach Chinese at grade levels 6-8.

Step 3: Apply for an Initial Teaching License with Endorsement

When a teacher candidate has completed the education and testing requirements, they can apply for their initial Michigan teaching license and Chinese teaching endorsement. The application must be made online through MDOE's Online Educator Certification System. The system will guide candidates through the application process. Candidates who have completed an endorsement program at a Michigan institution should consult with their certification officer to make sure the application is correctly submitted and processed. The endorsement code for Chinese is FR.

Chinese Teacher Certification Resources

Teacher candidates can click on the links below to access our study materials which will help them to study for their certification exams in Michigan:

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