Living in Michigan

Living in Michigan

Michigan isn't just a great place to teach, it's about a lifestyle that offers everything from urban excitement to the great outdoors.

Welcome to Pure Michigan

Few other states offer the geographical diversity and range of activities for people seeking an active, adventurous lifestyle. The state’s two peninsulas are surrounded by four Great Lakes, boasting more freshwater shoreline than anywhere else in the nation. Add that to our four distinct seasons and you'll find endless ways to experience the wonder that is Pure Michigan.

Arts and Culture

From Marquette to Monroe, Michigan boasts some of the country’s most important cultural institutions including The Detroit Institute of Arts, Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum and the Motown Museum. Don't forget about West-Michigan's international art phenomenon, ArtPrize as well as numerious artfairs and festivals around the state.

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Excellence in Education

Michigan's excellent educational system continually produces students that are ready to take on the world. Not only does Michigan have a strong K-12 system, it's home to 91 colleges and universities and 70 vocational and technical schools that offer certificates. More than 2,000 Ph.D.s are granted every year in the state, almost twice the national average. Furthermore, Michigan is home to more than 175,000 engineers — the highest concentration in the nation.

Additionally, Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is one of the nation’s top academic research clusters and the leading engine for innovation in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. An alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, the URC is focused on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world.

Quality and Affordable Lifestyle

Michigan is the fourth most affordable state in the country with a cost of living that is 10 percent below the national average. Use the cost of living calculator to learn more.

Outdoor Adventure

Did you know Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes, more than 650 public golf courses and more than 100 public beaches? The state is also home to 1,300 miles of scenic trails, world-class fishing and an international dark sky park.

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Explore Michigan

Do you prefer small towns or the bustling city? Michigan has a wide range of communities for every preference. Learn more about the people and places of Michigan's regions with the Michigan Economic Development Corporations's Community Profile tool.

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Award Winning Communities

From bustling downtowns to quaint beachside neighborhoods, Michigan is home to a variety of award-winning communities consistently ranked by top travel and lifestyle publications.

Moving to Michigan

Are you already certified in another state?

We are excited you are coming to Michigan. To be employed in a Michigan school, you must hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate or permit. We work hard to match the certificate level and endorsements on your certificate from another state. This may mean you need to complete other requirements necessary for Michigan certification. Submit an application in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) to begin an evaluation by one of our specialists. MOECS will determine which certificate is being applied for based on your answers to application question and you will receive an email with any additional requirements you need to meet.

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