The toolbar to the right describe the different types of certification such as Administrative,
Provisional, Professional, Interim Occupational and Occupational Certifications. Within each of the links, further information will guide you through the process of obtaining the desired
certification. If you have any additional questions please contact the Center for Student Services at 989-774-3309.
Teacher education candidates in Michigan will be awarded either an elementary or secondary provisional teaching certificate through the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) upon completion of an accredited teacher education program and successful completion of the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.
Elementary teachers cover a wide area of subject matter. If you like working with younger children and teaching a variety of subjects, elementary teaching might be your match. If you desire to concentrate in one or two subject areas, a career as a secondary teacher might be the choice. If you would like to help young adolescents make the transition from elementary to secondary school, a middle level teacher would be an area to consider.
If you need help in deciding whether to teach elementary, middle or secondary level students, begin fulfilling your 45 hours of Pre-Professional Experience with children by working with students at each level of consideration. If you spend time in middle or secondary classrooms, be sure to observe classes in the subject(s) you might want to teach. This will help you gain insight and tips regarding that specific content area.
There are limited courses that are the same for both elementary and secondary programs. We recommend you not change from one program to the other once you begin taking professional education courses. Doing so will add to the length of your program and enrollment in college. If you are considering a change in your program, please contact an advisor in the Center for Student Services at (989) 774-3309.