Become a Teacher in Michigan


Michigan Department of Education

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            Earn Your Michigan Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To earn your Michigan teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Michigan offers a Provisional Education Certificate, valid for up to six years, and a Professional Education Certificate, renewable every five years. You must complete a total of 18 credit hours of coursework in “a planned course of study” beyond the Bachelor’s degree to move from a Provisional to a Professional certificate. Novice teachers must also go through an induction/mentoring program for their first three years. Learn more here about earning your Michigan Teaching Credential.

            Learn more about getting your teaching credential.

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            Prerequisite Coursework in Michigan

            All states require that prospective teachers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification.  Some states also have specific course and credit-hour requirements.

            Michigan does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, but every college or university teacher preparation program will have requirements of its own. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information.

            Michigan does require a total of 18 credit hours in “a planned course of study” to move from a Provisional to a Professional Certificate.

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            Required Tests for Michigan

            Most states require tests to show competency in Basic Teaching Skills as well as in the desired Subject Area. Michigan uses the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification)t. Depending on the level of certification you are seeking, there are three levels to the test: The MTTC Test of Basic Skills, the MTTC Elementary-Level certitication, and the MTTC Secondary-Level Certification, which requires a specific subject test depending on the subject you want to teach.

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            ## Teacher Certification Programs

            Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Michigan can be found here.

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            Alternate Teacher Certification in Michigan

            The Michigan Alternate Routes to Certification (MARTC) is used to address regional teacher shortages, and allows teachers to complete a certification program while working as a teacher full time. For more information on Michigan certification, visit the Department of Education certification page.

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            Certification Reciprocity in Michigan

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Michigan, visit the reciprocity page . Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Michigan Department of Education.

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            Benefits of a Master's in Education in Michigan

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Master’s in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master’s program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay.

            In Detroit, for the 2011-2012 school year, teachers starting out with a Master’s degree can expect to earn $1,716 more annually that a teacher starting with a Bachelor’s degree. With five years of experience, the differential rises to $5,360, and with ten years, it increases to $9,247.

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            Master's in Education Financial Aid

            Michigan residents are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.

            Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree.

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            Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in Michigan makes $56,040 per year, which is 158% of the state average income. Michigan does not provide additional pay for teachers working in high needs schools or shortage subjects. For more specific Michigan salary data, look at the Financial Data report published yearly by the Department of Education.

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            Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Michigan public school teachers are eligible for retirement benefits administered by Michigan Office of Retirement Services at age 60 after at least 10 years of teaching service, or after serving the five years before reaching age 60. Additionally, Michigan teachers can retire at any age if they have at least 30 years of service. Reduced retirement benefits are also available for teachers who do not meet the eligibility requirements for standard benefits. Benefits are determined using final average compensation and years of creditable service .

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            Professional Development for Teachers in Michigan

            Michigan’s professional development is handled through a website called LearnPort. Michigan LearnPort currently offers hundreds of courses for teachers, including nine courses that target the challenging concepts of the Michigan Merit Curriculum in the high-need areas of math and science. A comprehensive set of courses in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Resource Series offers quick refreshers on topics tied to the Grade Level Content Expectations. More than 30 courses are available from the U.S. Department of Education Teacher-to-Teacher initiative, including “Monitoring Comprehension” and “Building Teacher Leaders” as well as “Beginning to Writing” and “Linear Equations.” More than 100 six-week long, instructor facilitated courses cover a wide range of classroom topics as well as soft skills and personal enrichment topics, with new courses added regularly.

            Michigan requires novice teachers to take 18 semester credits in their first six years, guided by an Individual Professional Development Program (IPDP). Experienced teachers must complete either 5 credit hours or 6 State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEUs) during each 5-year licensing period. For more information about professional development for teachers in Michigan, click here.

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            Michigan Teaching Jobs

            Michigan participates in the REAP program, which helps teachers and administrators find job opportunities, as well as support services and job fair.

            Learn more about finding a teaching job.

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            Teacher Certification Information & Links

            Michigan Department of Education Department of Education certification page Michigan Office of Retirement Services Michigan REAP -- Teaching Jobs