Out-of-State Teacher Certification in Michigan

Oct 21, 2019

Applying to be a teacher in Michigan after completing an out-of-state program or holding an out-of-state certification requires the candidate to apply for certification under the out-of-state requirements. This article will discuss this process.

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If an aspiring teacher would like to obtain certification to teach in the state of Michigan but earned an education-related degree from an out-of-state provider, the candidate is required to apply as an out-of-state candidate. Although out-of-state programs may have different requirements, an agreement has been established to meet the standards of each state as closely as possible. This article provides information on how to earn a Michigan teacher certification as an out-of-state applicant.

Average Salaries for Teachers in Michigan (2018) * $66,180 (Elementary School), $64,540 (Middle School), $62,950 (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: Meet Education and Preparation Requirements

A person who wishes to apply as an out-of-state candidate is required to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Out-of-state education-related degrees should include a teacher preparation program that provides subject-area development and courses in pedagogy methods. Applying in Michigan after completing an out-of-state program is possible through the Interstate Compact Agreement (ICA) which allows individuals to fulfill requirements from out of-state providers. The minimum coursework requirement to qualify is 6 semester hours of reading coursework for elementary teachers and 3 semester hours of reading coursework for secondary teachers. Teacher preparation programs must also include in-classroom teaching to satisfy state requirements. The ICA focuses on aligning the standards of teacher preparation programs with those of the states that participate in the agreement. Out-of-state programs can be verified for state compatibility on the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) website.

Step 2: Meet Assessment Requirements

Once the candidate has fulfilled all educational and preparation requirements from an ICA-approved program, the state-mandated assessments must be successfully passed. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requires all candidates to pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTT) in the subject area the candidate is seeking an endorsement in. Out-of-state program participants must apply for certification before taking the exam. If the candidate already possesses a valid teacher certification from another state, they will be issued a teaching authorization that allows them to work as a teacher in Michigan while completing the MTT requirement.

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. This is done to verify that the candidate's program has fulfilled all requirements of the MDE. Once access to required assessments has been granted, the candidate must register and pay for the exam on the MTT website. 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: Other Requirements

Once all assessments have been successfully fulfilled, the candidate is also required to complete a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation program by an approved provider. Approved providers may be found on the MDE website. Once this has been fulfilled the candidate must complete the application process on the MOECS website and pay the $210 application fee. The candidate will apply using the out-of-state application. If all requirements are fulfilled the candidate will be issued a Michigan standard teaching certification. This certification is valid for five years and will have to be renewed after that. The certified educator is required to complete 150 hours of education-related professional development learning. This may be accomplished in various ways, as described on the MDE's website. Obtaining a master's degree will also qualify the applicant for renewal as well.

Michigan Teacher Certification Resources

The link below provides an informative resource to help you meet the requirements of the certification process:

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