Out-of-State Certificate

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Out-of-State Applicants

Out-of state certification programs and credentials may differ from Michigan programs and credentials; however we are here to help! We attempt to match out-of-state certificates, grade levels, and content endorsements as closely as possible.

What is the difference between

Michigan Certificate Types

Standard Teaching Certificate

The standard teaching certificate is the initial certificate issued to teachers who have completed an approved preparation program in another state or country. A standard teaching certificate is valid for five years and may be renewed.

To be issued a standard teaching certificate in Michigan, you must have:

  • Completed a state-approved college or university program including student teaching OR completed a state-approved alternative route program and hold a valid, standard teaching certificate based on the completion of that program.
  • Documentation for current training in first aid and child and adult CPR from an approved source such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
  • Passed the appropriate Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC). 

It is very important that you do not register for any MTTCs until you receive an evaluation letter informing you of what tests to take.

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Professional Teaching Certificate

The professional teaching certificate is issued to educators who have demonstrated successful teaching experience and successfully completed coursework specific to teaching literacy. A professional teaching certificate is valid for five years and may be renewed.

To be issued a professional teaching certificate in Michigan, you must have:

  • A valid standard-level teaching certificate issued by another state.
  • Successfully completed at least eighteen semester hours in a planned program since the issuance of your initial out-of-state certificate, or have earned a Master's or higher degree.
  • Successfully completed six semester credit hours of reading methods if elementary certified or three semester credit hours of reading methods if secondary certified.
  • Documentation of three years of successful teaching experience matching the validity of your out-of-state teaching certificate since it was initially issued.

If you qualify for the professional teaching certificate as your initial teaching certificate, you are not required to test.

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Need more time?

Temporary Teaching Certificate

If you hold a valid, standard-level teaching certificate from another state, but need more time to complete the requirements for the standard or professional teaching certificate in Michigan, you may be eligible for a temporary teaching certificate.  The temporary teaching certificate is is nonrenewable and authorizes employment as a teacher in a Michigan school for one year while you work to pass the required tests or complete the required literacy courses. Apply for the standard or professional teaching certificate and our evaluators will let you know if you qualify.

Have Questions?

Visit our Michigan Department of Education Educator Services website or reach out to a certification specialist.

 

 

 

 

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