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 Michigan Department of Education for more information.
Michigan does require a total of 6-9 credit hours in “a planned course of study” to move from a Standard to a Professional Certificate.
Michigan 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 can be found at the Michigan Department of Education.
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). All teaching candidates must pass a Professional Readiness Examination. In addition, there are specific requirements depending on grade level and desired content area.
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.coms’ Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.
Initial Teaching Certifications
To earn your Michigan teaching credential you will have to complete the required 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 6-9 credit hours of coursework in “a planned course of study” beyond the bachelor’s degree to move from a Standard to a Professional certificate. Novice teachers must also go through an induction/mentoring program for their first three years.
Learn more about earning your Michigan Teaching Credential or read more about getting your teaching credential on Teach.com.