Teacher Certification Overview
The Michigan Provisional Certificate and the Michigan Professional CertificateIn Michigan the initial teaching credential is the Provisional Certificate, which is valid for a period of six years. At the end of that time, the certificate holder applies for the Professional Certificate if he or she has met the requirements. If the requirements have not been met, she or he may apply for a three-year renewal of the Provisional Certificate. If neither action is taken, the certificate expires. A second, and final, three-year renewal is also available.
Requirements for a first renewal are 9 recent and relevant credits earned in a planned program after initial certification. Requirements for a second renewal are 18 (9+9) recent and relevant credits earned in a planned program after initial certification. Additional requirements for the Professional Certificate include at least 3 years of successful teaching in one or more areas in which the applicant is certified and satisfaction of Michigan’s reading requirements. Please see Planned Programs for more information regarding the requirements for renewing or advancing certification. Certificate holders may also add endorsements to an existing certificate, enabling them to teach additional student populations, grade levels or subjects.
Michigan teachers earn elementary, secondary, or K-12 certification: