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Certification
​​​​Certification
Michigan law requires a person employed in an elementary or secondary school with instructional responsibilities shall hold a certificate, permit or vocational/authorization valid for the positions to which he/she is assigned. The Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) and the Michigan Department of Education foster the educational achievement of all Michigan youth and adults, Pre-K through 12th grade, by ensuring that all professional school personnel complete quality preparation and professional development programs which meet standards established by the Michigan Legislature and the State Board of Education.

The OPPS has transitioned to the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). All educators apply for certification online . For more information on MOECS and instructions on how to apply for a Michigan Educator license visit michigan.gov/moecs

Adding an Additional Endorsement

To add an endorsement to an existing certificate, complete the following steps:

  • Contact the CEHS Center for Student Services (CSS) and ask that a transcript evaluation be processed, (transcripts will be needed to do this evaluation); if you attended CMU, the CSS can obtain the necessary transcripts.
  • The student will be responsible for supplying the CSS with transcripts from other institution(s) attended, including undergraduate course work.
  • A letter and the student transcripts will be sent by the CSS to the major/minor. 
  • The student's transcripts will be evaluated by the major and/or minor department.
  • A copy of the program will be sent to the student; the program the student receives is considered a signed major or minor and coursework must be completed from that program.
  • To take coursework at CMU, register at Graduate Studies as a non-degree student.
  • When coursework is completed and the subject area test is completed and passed, submit an application to MDE online to add an endorsement to your existing teaching certificate.
Teachable majors/minors:
Elementary
​Majors
Integrated science
Mathematics
Language arts
Early childhood development and learning
social studies



Minors
Early childhood development and learning
English as a second language
Integrated science
Mathematics
Middle level education
Language arts
Reading

Secondary
​Majors
Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry-physics
Earth science
English
French
Geography
German
History
Integrated science
Mathematics
Physical education
Physics
School health education
Social studies
Spanish
Speech
Visual arts education

Minors
Biology
Chemistry
Earth science
English
English as a second language
Geography
History
Mathematics
Middle level education
Physical education
Physics
School health education
Speech





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