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Michigan Alternative Certification Programs

School districts across the country, including Michigan, are experiencing teacher shortages. Professionals with a bachelor’s degree in other areas can fill some of these teaching jobs by transitioning into teaching through alternative certification programs. These programs allow prospective teachers to earn teaching certification in Michigan without having to attend a four-year program and earn a second bachelor’s degree. Here is a look at some of the programs in Michigan.

Program Name: Limited License to Instruct

Program Mission and Overview

The Limited License to Instruct program is designed to prepare experienced professionals to teach in critical shortage areas in Detroit schools while completing a teacher preparation program. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and experience in the subject they would like to teach.

Those who participate in the program are required to complete:

  • 20 hours of human development, special needs and methods of instruction courses.
  • Six hours of coursework in teaching reading for elementary education, or three hours for secondary education.
  • A mentored teaching position.
  • 40 hours of master’s-level coursework, including online and on-campus courses, support groups and seminars.

Eligibility and How to Apply

In addition to the aforementioned requirements, candidates must also:

  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA. Candidates with a 2.0 or higher may be eligible upon successful completion of the MTCC test.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Apply through an approved institution that offers this licensing option.

Financial Information

The costs of this program vary depending on the institution.

Program Name: Michigan Alternate Route to Interim Teacher Certification

Program Mission and Overview

The Michigan Alternate Route to Interim Teacher Certification provides an expedited route for prospective teachers to become certified.

Once candidates are admitted into a state-approved institution to participate in the program, all students must complete 12 hours of coursework in the areas of:

  • Child development or psychology
  • Family and community relationships
  • Diverse learners
  • Instructional strategies
  • Field-based experiences

In addition, prospective teachers must teach in the classroom under the direction of a mentor or supervisor.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates interested in applying to the program must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
  • Complete an approved CPR and first aid course.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Apply directly through the approved institution they plan to attend for required coursework.

Financial Information

Tuition and other fees vary depending on the university.

Learn more about how to become a teacher in Michigan.

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