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Michigan law requires that 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 Office of Professional Preparation Services 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 please visit www.michigan.gov/moecs. For CMU information, please contact us at 989-774-3309.

Certification Renewal Coursework

There are a few options for certification renewal. By reading the following, you will find detailed information that will guide you through the process. If you have any additional question please contact the Center for Student Services at 989-774-3309.

18-Hour Planned Program

The purpose of this program is to provide a flexible, educationally relevant planned program for elementary/secondary certified teachers. This program is designed for teachers who do not plan to pursue a master's degree or added major and/or minor (endorsement). To pursue the 18 hour planned program, you need to be admitted to the CMU's college of Graduate Studies as a non-degree student. Graduate Studies is located in Foust 100 and can be reached at (989) 774-4723. Most of the credits on an 18 hour planned program will NOT be applicable to a master's degree program.

The 18-Hour Planned Program is designed to assist elementary/secondary teachers in strengthening their current major and minor teaching areas and expanding their expertise in working with a variety of students in the classroom. There are several categories in which coursework is needed for an 18-Hour Planned Program. Programs should be:

  • Prepared, submitted and approved prior to the completion of any coursework
  • Planned with assistance from the EHS Center for Student Services
Only three semester hours of workshop credit will be accepted. To get those hours accepted a student must provide the following information:
  • Days and hours the workshop meets
  • Content of the workshop
  • Name of institution providing credits
Transfer credit will be limited to six semester hours. For a course to be considered from another institution, a student must provide the following information:
  • Course number
  • Title
  • Number of credits
  • Name of institution providing credits
  • Course description
When the courses are completed, you have taught successfully for three years within the validity of your provisional certificate, and have completed the MDE required reading coursework (9 semester hours for elementary teachers/6 semester hours for secondary teachers), please file an application for your professional certificate online with MDE at www.michigan.gov/moecs.

Adding an Additional Major/Minor (Endorsement)

To add an endorsement to an existing certificate the following steps must be followed:

  • Contact EHS Center for Student Services and ask that a transcript evaluation be processed, (transcripts will be needed to do this evaluation); if you attended CMU, EHS Center for Student Services can obtain the necessary transcripts.
  • The student will be responsible for supplying EHS Center for Student Services with transcripts from any other institution(s) attended, including undergraduate course work.
  • A letter and the student transcripts will be sent by EHS Center for Student Services to the major and/or minor department
  • 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, 989-774-4723, Foust 100 as a non-degree student.
  • When coursework is completed and the subject area test is completed and passed, submit an application to MDE online at www.michigan.gov/moecs to add an endorsement to your existing teaching certificate
The following is a listing of teachable majors and/or minors:

Majors -Integrated Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, Early Childhood Development & Learning, Social Studies

Minors - Early Childhood Development & Learning, English as a Second Language, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Middle Level Education, Language Arts, Reading


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

Certificate Fees

Public Act 339 of 1988 authorizes collection of fees for teacher certification in Michigan in accordance with the fee schedule listed on the MDE website. In addition, the Administrative Rules Governing the Certification of Michigan Teachers require that an application for certification must be made no later than five years after certification requirements have been met. Payment of the fee is a certification requirement that must be met prior to the issuance of a Michigan teaching certificate. Fees are collected by the State of Michigan and are subject to change. 

Visit the Michigan Department of Education Teacher Certification site for more information.

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