Additional EndorsementsTeachers with valid provisional, permanent, continuing, or professional teaching certificates can add endorsements that enable them to teach additional subjects, student populations or grade levels. Depending on a teacher's background and recent experience additional pedagogical coursework, as well as disciplinary coursework, may be required.
Subject Area EndorsementsTeachers can add endorsements in subject areas appropriate for the grade levels they are certified to teach. The elementary teaching majors and minors offered at MSU lead to endorsements (grades 6-8) that can be added to an elementary certificate. The secondary teaching majors and minors available at MSU lead to endorsements (grades 6-12) that can be added to a secondary certificate. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requires a minimum of 30 semester credits for a teaching major and a minimum 20 semester credits for a teaching minor. Candidates must pass the relevant MTTC subject test before they are recommended for certification.
Adding the Social Studies ("RX") Endorsement
The “RX” endorsement can be added to an existing teaching certificate or to an initial provisional teaching certificate by teachers or teacher candidates who have teaching majors or minors in History, Geography, Economics or Political Science. A teaching major or minor in one of these sub-areas does not qualify a teacher to teach the broad area of Social Studies. However, teachers with the RX endorsement are highly qualified to teach Social Studies as well as the sub-areas of History, Geography, Economics, Political Science and Civics/Government. For more information see a teacher preparation advisor in 134 Erickson Hall.
Early Childhood EducationThe "ZS" endorsement can be added to an elementary teaching certificate and qualifies the certificate holder to teach at the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten levels (PreK-K). A planned program of at least 26 credits must be developed in consultation with an advisor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and kept on file in the Certification Office. The MTTC subject test in Early Childhood-General and Special Education must be passed prior to a recommendation for certification. For more information, contact the Department of HDFS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational TechnologyThe 21-credit “NP” endorsement qualifies the certificate holder to teach educational technology in grades K-12 and can be added to an elementary or secondary certificate. For more information, please see the Educational Technology program website. There is no MTTC subject test for Educational Technology at this time.
Reading SpecialistThe Reading Specialist (“BR”) endorsement can be added to an elementary or secondary certificate. This requires completion of the literacy specialization in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) program and a passing score on the MTTC Reading Specialist subject test. For more information, please visit the MATC program website.
Special EducationA K-12 special education endorsement in Learning Disabilities (“SM”) can be added to an elementary certificate through MSU. This requires successful completion of a master's degree in Special Education and a passing score on the corresponding MTTC subject test. For more information, visit the Special Education website. Please note that there is no general Special Education endorsement available in Michigan.
New Level EndorsementsCandidates may add a specific secondary subject endorsement to an elementary certificate or a general elementary endorsement to an existing secondary certificate. Please see New Level Endorsements for more information.
More information about Adding an Endorsement to an Existing Teaching Certificate is available.