How to Get Teacher Certification Online in Michigan

Sep 18, 2019

Getting a teaching certification online is an advantage that aspiring educators have access to. This article provides steps on how to achieve teaching certification in Michigan online.

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Online Certification Info for Michigan Teachers

Accessibility to an online education is a great advantage for individuals who want to earn teaching certification in Michigan but cannot attend in-classroom courses. Just like traditional classroom learning, online certification programs prepare aspiring educators in Michigan to earn a teaching license through distance learning platforms while meeting the standards of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Online teacher certification programs offer a hybrid course structure that includes the majority of the coursework online and then requires an internship of in-classroom teaching. This article will review the steps for obtaining Michigan teaching certification online.

Average Salaries for Teachers in Michigan (2018)* $66,180 (Elementary School), $64,540 (Middle School), $62,950 (High School)
National Job Outlook (2018-2028)* 3% (Elementary School), 3% (Middle School), 4% (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Degree Field Education Degree in Subject Area
Testing Requirements Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
Certification Renewal Period 5 Years for Standard Teaching Certification

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Finding and Completing the Right Program

Qualified teacher certification candidates in Michigan are required to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. If the candidate does not already hold a degree, there are various options to obtain an education-related degree that includes curriculum on subject knowledge development and pedagogy methods. In-state online education degrees must be from an MDE-approved teacher preparation program in order to lead directly to certification. Approved degree programs are required to include 6 semester hours of reading coursework for elementary teachers and 3 semester hours of reading coursework for secondary teachers. An in-classroom teaching internship will have to be completed to qualify for certification. Approved MDE programs also require the candidate to complete a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation program by an approved MDE provider.

Out-of-state programs that lead to a Michigan teaching certification are available through an Interstate Compact Agreement (ICA) that allows individuals completing online teacher certification programs to take coursework through distance learning platforms from out-of-state providers. The program must meet the standards of the ICA to qualify for certification in Michigan. Although the coursework requirement may be a little different from that of an in-state program, the ICA concentrates on meeting the requirements of all states as closely as possible. Out-of-state programs can be verified for state compatibility on the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). The out-of-state program provider will help place the candidate in a teaching preclinical and teaching demonstration program at a school in the candidate's regional vicinity. The candidate will be required to submit a criminal background check before the teaching demonstration phase.

Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements

Once the candidate has completed all requirements of the online program that was chosen, assessments must be successfully passed. The MDE requires all candidates to pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTT) in the subject area the candidate is seeking endorsement in. This is required by both in-state and out-of-state teacher preparation program participants. Out-of-state program participants must apply for certification before taking the exam. This is done to verify that the candidate's program has fulfilled all requirements of the MDE. The MTT website provides the candidate with test preparation resources and online practice tests. Registration for the exam is also done on this site. MTT exams fees and score requirements may be found on the MTT website under the candidate's subject area exam. In addition to the MTT, out-of-state providers may be required to take other exams to complete requirements for that specific program.

Step 3: Complete Certification Requirements

Both in-state and out-of-state programs require the candidate to submit an application for certification through the MOECS. Out-of-state program participants will be evaluated by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTE) to check ICA requirements and program compatibility with Michigan certification standards. The NASDTE will determine the candidate's area of certification and provide access to the MTT exam the out-of-state participant will have to take. The candidate will be required to create an MOECS account to begin the application process. In-state program participants must pay a fee of $160 and out-of-state program participants must pay $210 to submit the application for certification. Once all certification and exam requirements have been fulfilled the candidate will be issued a Michigan standard teaching certification that is valid for five years.

Online Teacher Certification Resources

The links below provide informative resources to help meet the requirements of the certification process online:

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