Become a Teacher
To become a certified teacher in Michigan, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Michigan, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here for more information about alternative certification in Michigan.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Michigan, visit our Michigan Teacher Scholarships page.
All teaching candidates in the state of Michigan are required to complete and pass a Basic Skills Assessment as well as any Content Area Assessments needed for their desired level of certifications. Michigan requires all teaching candidates to complete tests through the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
Basic Skills Test: MTTC Professional Readiness Requirement
All candidates pursuing a provisional teaching certificate must take and pass the Professional Readiness Examination before enrolling in their student teaching program. The Professional Readiness Exam consists of three parts: Reading, Math and Writing.
Required for all teaching candidates, regardless of level of certification
Professional Readiness Exam
All elementary-level candidates must complete and pass both the Elementary Education test along with any other corresponding subject-area tests.
All secondary-level teaching candidates must complete and pass the subject-area test(s) for each academic area in which they’re seeking certification
Michigan will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska and Iowa. Contact the Michigan Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.
- Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Michigan provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
- Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Michigan has strong induction policies in place
- Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $56,870
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $55,210
- Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Michigan makes 158% of the salary of the average worker in Michigan
- Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15
The Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) is an online portal designed to act as a one-stop shop for teaching candidates’ certification needs. After creating an account, applicants are able to apply for certificates/endorsements, renew licenses and keep track of all their certification data.
MOECS also provides assistance regarding teacher background checks and fingerprint clearance. For more information on employment clearance, contact Stephanie Whiteside at 517-335-1167.
Michigan Substitute Teacher Requirements
Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Michigan.
Michigan Department of Education
606 West Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30008
:ansing, Michigan 48909
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