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Doctor of Educational Leadership

Requirements for Certification


The Michigan Department of Education is currently finalizing the application process for preparation programs to follow in seeking approval of their programs to qualify graduates for the Central Office Administrator Certificate. Michigan State University is preparing its application for approval of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program. Approval should be complete by commencement of Cohort 1.

DEL prospective and current students, however, should be aware of the following restrictions.

How to apply for Administrator Certification.


Applying for a certificate, renewal, license or additional endorsement is a two step process. To apply, applicants must:

  1. Submit materials required by the MSU Certification Office in a single packet to 134 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 (to view materials required by MSU.

____Application for the Administrator Certificate, completed, signed (in ink) and dated
____ Conviction Disclosure Form, completed, signed (in ink) and dated
____ Applicants with convictions must also submit a Register of Actions or Judgment of Sentence from the court in which they were convicted, or a letter from the MSU Certification Officer indicating that the conviction has already been reviewed.
____ Clear copies of all Michigan certificates issued to the applicant (Provisional, Professional, renewals, additional endorsements, etc.).
____ An MSU transcript will be obtained by this office; however, official transcripts for non-MSU credits that will be applied to this certificate must be on file. Applicants will be notified if additional transcripts are needed. Transcripts must be sent directly to the MSU Certification Office by the institution. Transcripts designated as “student copy” or official transcripts sent by the applicant will not be accepted.
Transcript(s) will be sent from ______________________________________________________________________.
____ Evidence of legal name change, if applicable (driver’s license, marriage certificate, etc.)


  1. Initiate an application with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) using the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).


Instructions for Initiating a Certification Application Using MOECS

These two steps can be completed in either order or concurrently; however, both steps must be completed before the certificate can be issued. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  

*A $50.00 certification processing fee is required