How to Become a CTE Teacher in Michigan

Oct 24, 2019

This article covers the steps to becoming a career and technical education (CTE) teacher in Michigan in 2019, including standard and professional CTE teacher certification and renewal requirements.

Career and technical education (CTE) programs are pathways for students to prepare for a variety of careers in skilled trades. CTE teachers are required to obtain a Standard CTE Certificate in order to teach state-approved CTE programs in a specified area of expertise. After teaching for a minimum of three years under the Standard CTE Certificate and meeting certain requirements, teachers may progress to the Professional CTE Certificate.

Information on CTE Teaching in Michigan

Average Salary for CTE Teachers in Michigan (2016)* $64,100 (Middle School); $64,330 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree with a major or minor in the field of the CTE certification specialization
Work Requirements Minimum of two years' total (4,000 hours) documented work experience in the CTE area within the last ten years
Learning Requirements Minimum of six semester credit hours of professional or CTE education at a Michigan Department of Education-approved educator preparation provider

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Standard CTE Certificate Requirements

Candidates planning to obtain a Standard CTE Certificate are required to:

  • Complete a CTE education preparation program with a minimum of six semester credit hours at an educator preparation provider (EPP) approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in any area, with a major or minor in the field in which they are seeking CTE certification.
  • Have documented work experience totaling a minimum of two years (4,000 hours) in the field of specialization.

Once they have met all of these requirements, candidates must apply for certification through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).

Progressing to the Professional CTE Certificate

In order to progress to the Professional CTE Certificate, teachers must receive effective or highly effective ratings on annual year-end performance evaluations for three consecutive school years immediately preceding the application.

Alternatively, teachers who receive effective or highly effective ratings on the annual evaluations for three non-consecutive school years must also submit an Effective Educator Recommendation form completed by the chief administrator at the school where they are currently employed.

All candidates must have completed a minimum of three years of successful teaching since the issue date of the initial Standard CTE Certificate.

They must also have completed either 150 hours of education-related professional learning or have earned an education-related master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university at any time.

Standard or Professional CTE Certificate Renewal Process

Both the Standard CTE Certificate and the Professional CTE Certificate are valid for five years with unlimited renewals.

Teachers seeking renewals for either certificate must complete at least 150 hours of education-related professional learning. A valid out-of-state teaching certificate may also be used once for renewal.

A third option for Standard CTE Certificate renewal is the completion of an education-related master's or higher degree earned at any time.

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