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Requirements for Emergency Teacher Certification in Michigan

Oct 30, 2019

Becoming a teacher in the state of Michigan can be achieved by obtaining an emergency teaching certification, also known as an Interim Teaching Certificate. This article discusses the requirements for certification using this route.

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Obtaining an emergency teaching certification in Michigan is done through an alternative route towards certification. This pathway is used to fill positions at schools that are experiencing a shortage of teachers in certain subject-areas by qualified individuals who do not hold an education-related degree. The alternative pathway allows the candidate to teach under an Interim Teaching Certificate (ITC) while fulfilling program requirements to earn a Standard Teaching Certificate.

How to Get an Interim Teaching Certification in Michigan

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 Preferably in the subject area of certification, but not required
Testing Requirements Michigan Test for Teacher Certification

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Qualify

In order to qualify for an ITC, the candidate must possess the minimum education requirement of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. The degree must have been earned with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

The candidate must also pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in the subject-area they will certify in. The exam is administered by Pearson and registration can be done online. The candidate may find more information and subject specific requirements by visiting the MTTC website.

Another qualification requirement is that the candidate must complete CPR and first aid certification training by a Michigan Department of Education (MDE)-approved provider. Information on approved providers may be found on the MDE website.

The last requirement to qualify for the ITC is to complete a criminal background investigation that satisfies the standards of the MDE.

Step 2: Start Teaching While Earning Standard Certification

If the candidate qualifies for the ITC, the candidate must apply and be accepted into an MDE-approved teacher preparation program. The program provider will assist in matching and working with the candidate and the employing school. Once the candidate has been accepted into the program and has secured employment, the program provider will apply for the candidate's ITC. The ITC is valid for five years and allows the candidate to fulfill the required three years of teaching with a minimum requirement of twelve weeks teaching in the area in which the participant seeks certification. The candidate is also required to complete all coursework of the MDE-approved preparation program within those five years. Coursework focuses on pedagogy practices and develops the candidate's teaching practices for classroom implementation.

After all program requirements have been fulfilled, the program provider will submit the recommendation for the candidate to hold a Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate in a specific subject area. The candidate is also required to submit an application for the Standard Teaching Certificate using the Michigan Online Educator Certification System and pay all fees required for certification.

Teacher Certification Resources

The links below provide information on the MTTC exam, which must be successfully passed in order to qualify for the ITC.

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