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Provisional Certification

Provisional Certification
The provisional certification is the initial teaching license/credential issued in Michigan upon successful completion of an approved teacher preparation program and passage of the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).  In Michigan, candidates are required to successfully complete a course in adult/child cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid prior to beingissued an initial teaching certificate. Central Michigan University will not confirm any teacher candidate without assuring that a current adult/child CPR and First Aid requirement for certification has been met.

Current Teacher Administrative Rules
The following changes were implemented September 1, 2013 under the new Administrative Rules that govern teacher certification. The initial provisional certificate is valid for up to six years and can be renewed twice, for the duration of 3 years on each renewal.

Elementary Provisional Certificate

A current Elementary Provisional Certificate is valid for  teaching all subjects in grades kindergarten through five, and major and minor fields in grades six through eight (upon completion of the required MTTC subject area test) as specified on the certificate and kindergarten through eight in a self-contained classroom.

  • Grades K-5, all subjects
  • Grades 6-8, major/minor subjects (with successful completion of MTTC subject area test)
  • K-8, self-contained classroom (one teacher teaches all subjects to a group of students at the same grade level)

Secondary Provisional Certificate

A current Secondary Provisional Certificate is valid in subject matter fields in grades six through twelve in which the applicant has completed a major(s) or minor(s) specified on the certificate.

  • Grades 6-12, major/minor (with successful completion of the MTTC subject area test)


First Provisional Certificate - Three-Year Renewal
Select one of the following:
  • Six semester hours of completed credit in a planned course of study* or six semester hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement of the certificate held at an approved Educator Preparation  Institute (EPI)  or
  • 180 clock hours of State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) in approved professional development activities appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement of the certificate held or
  • A combination of credit hours and State Continuing Education Clock Hours  (SCECH) equal to 6 semester credit hours (30 SCECH’s equal 1 semester credit hour)
The semester credit hours and/or SCECH’s must be earned after the issuance of the initial certificate and within three years of applying for the first provisional certificate renewal. 

Second Provisional Certificate - Three-Year Renewal
Select one
of the following:
  • Six semester hours of completed credit in a planned course of study* or six semester hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement of the certificate held at an approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) or
  • 180 clock hours of State ContinuingEducation Clock Hours (SCECH) in approved professional development activitiesappropriate to the grade level and content endorsement of the certificate held  or
  • A combination of credit hours and State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) equal to 6 semester credit hours (30SCECH’s equal 1 semester credit hour)

The semester credit hours and/or SCECH’s must be earned after the issuance of the first provisional certificate renewal and within three years of applying for the second provisional certificate renewal. A planned course of study is credit earned towards a Master’s Degree in education or a field of study related to education or in an approved endorsement program at a state approved EPI.

Third Provisional Certificate - Three-Year Renewal

  • Must be District sponsored
  • Apply directly to the Michigan Department of Education

The provisional certificate applications are submitted on line through The Office of Professional Preparation Services, the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). For more information on MOECS and instructions on how to apply for a provisional certification please visit www.michigan.gov/moecs. The MDE help desk number is 517 373-3310. For CMU information, please contact EHS Student Services at 989-774-3309. 


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