Elementary Teacher Certification Requirements in Michigan

Find the path to elementary teacher certification in the state of Michigan. Discover what education requirements are necessary, find out which tests to take, and read about the certification process.

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Elementary teacher certification in Michigan qualifies you to instruct all subject areas in a K-5 classroom, all subject areas in a K-8 self-contained classroom, and any specific subject areas, usually in grades 6-8, for which you've earned an endorsement.

Michigan Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Michigan (2017)* $62,720 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Elementary Education
Testing Requirements SAT, MTTC Elementary Education, subject tests

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree

Elementary school teachers in Michigan are required to have a degree in elementary education from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. There are many programs that fit the bill in Michigan, and the Department of Education keeps an updated list of all possible programs on its website.

Students majoring in elementary education will take general education courses in addition to methods courses in subjects like reading, math, language arts, social studies, and science. Teachers certified for a particular discipline, like PE or Spanish, will focus on that particular area of study. While every program varies slightly in content, all elementary educators are required to take 6 hours of reading courses. Educators in training will also participate in student teaching internships before completing their bachelor's program.

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Step 2: Take All Required Tests

All future teachers in Michigan are required to take a test of basic skills prior to their student teaching assignments. This can be fulfilled by taking the SAT, which serves as Michigan's basic skills test, and scoring at least a 480 on reading and writing and 530 on mathematics.

Next, elementary educators will take the Elementary Education Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) exam, which consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. The test takes 3 hours and 30 minutes when taken on the computer, or it takes 4 hours and 30 minutes when taken on paper. Test-takers pay $130 for the computer test or a $75 fee for the paper test, and need to score at least a 220. Those who would like to be certified to teach a specialty subject in grades K-8 will also take subject exams that correspond to the class on which they want to focus.

Step 3: Get Certified in First Aid and CPR

Michigan requires all teachers to complete CPR training and become certified in First Aid and Adult & Pediatric CPR. The Department of Education lists several institutions like the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross who award valid certificates.

Step 4: Complete the Certification Application

When all testing, First Aid certification, and education requirements are complete, teachers will begin the application process. Teachers can apply for the Standard Teaching certification through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System. Official transcripts can be mailed or emailed. When all documents have been submitted, the Standard Teaching Certificate will be available for teachers to print; the certificate is valid in the state of Michigan for five years.

Study Resources for Future Michigan Teachers

It's never too early to start studying for the SAT or the MTTCs. Take a look at the study guides and practice questions below in order to start preparing.

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