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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 the 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

About Post-Baccalaureate Certification

The initial post-baccalaureate certification program at CMU is for those who already have a four-year non-teaching degree from an accredited institution and would like to pursue a Michigan teaching certificate for the PK-12 setting.  This is the same program followed by our traditional undergraduates, and all professional education sequence courses are available only on campus in Mount Pleasant during the "traditional" class hours of a Monday-Friday schedule. The time required to complete the program is dependent upon an individual's goal, your undergraduate program, and your choice of teachable specializations (major or minor). The Center for Student Services will assist in determining the length of program and timeline. Please click here for more information about the Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program.


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 coursework.
  • A letter and the student transcripts will be sent by the Certification Officer to the content area department. 
  • The student's transcripts will be evaluated by the content area 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, apply to CMU at apply.cmich.edu as an undergraduate non-degree seeking 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.
  • For more information regarding endorsement, you may contact the Certification Officer by calling the EHS Center for Student Services at 989-774-3309.
Teachable Majors and Minors (Content Areas)
Majors
Integrated Science
Mathematics
Language Arts
Early Childhood Development and Learning
Social Studies
Special Education

Minors (optional)
Early Childhood Development and Learning
English as a Second Language
Integrated Science
Mathematics
Language Arts
Reading


Majors
Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry-Physics
Earth Science
English
History
Integrated Science
Mathematics
Music
Physical Education
Physics
School Health Education
Social Studies (requires a history minor)
Special Education
Visual Arts Education



​​Minors (optional)
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
English
English as a Second Language
History
Mathematics
Physical Education
Physics
School Health Education







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