Educator Certification/Renewal Information

The LISD Professional Development Center can assist with inquiries regarding educator certification renewal.

On May 18, 2012, revisions to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Teacher Certification Code were signed and made effective (with some sections effective September 1, 2013). As a result of rule changes, unforeseen restrictions on educators and the inability to renew a Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Educator Certificate occurred. While MDE is currently working to revise these rules, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) requested a waiver on behalf of the 56 Intermediate School Districts to waive two aspects of the current rules, effective immediately. This waiver request has been granted by the State Superintendent, Mike Flanagan.

 

“Master’s Degree Earned at Any Time”

Previous rules contained language that allowed the use of an approved master’s degree, earned at any time, to be used for purpose of renewal of a Provisional certificate or progression to the Professional Education certificate. The current rule revision effective September 1, 2013 placed time limitations on earned master’s degrees which eliminated the master’s degree or higher as an option to renew or progress a teacher’s certification. This approved waiver allows teachers to use an approved master’s degree “earned at any time” to renew a Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Education certificate regardless of when it was earned, to meet their professional learning requirement.

 

Professional Learning Hours (180) vs. DPPD (150)

In addition, the Teacher Certification Code from May 18, 2012 set forth two different professional learning amounts depending on which professional learning option was being utilized. This approved waiver allows applicants to renew their Michigan Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Education certificate by obtaining 150 professional learning hours regardless of the option used. Note: District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) cannot be used for Provisional certificate RENEWAL.

 

DPPD Clarification:

Recent clarification of MCL 380.1527 and Teacher Certification Code also enabled MDE to remove the limitation restricting the use of DPPD to a maximum of 30 hours per school year. MDE will no longer have a cap of 30 hours per school year for DPPD. Teachers will need a total of 150 hours over the 5 year period as prescribed in rule for progression to the Professional Education certificate or Professional Education certificate renewal.

Applicants who are impacted by this waiver and/or clarification and have previously been denied certificate renewal or progression to the Professional Education certificate may reapply using the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (www.michigan.gov/MOECS) if they now meet the professional learning requirements, as well as the other requirements specified in rule.

 

Questions?

Feel free to browse this page for information pertinent to Michigan educator certification renewal. If you have questions regarding renewal, please contact JoAnna Keebler – 517.265.1611.

 

Educator Certification Types

Below, you will find renewal information for the following certificate types:

  • Provisional (First, Second, Third Renewal and Progressing to Professional)
  • Professional
  • Administrator

 

For information on the following Michigan certificates, please click here for MDE’s website:

  • Occupational
  • School Psychologist
  • Interim
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Other Certificates

Provisional Certification Renewal

This certificate is renewal up to three (3) times and is valid for up to three (3) years. Please note, District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) cannot be used towards a Provisional renewal. However, DPPD can be used if progressing from a Provisional Certificate to a Professional Certificate.

FIRST renewal requires completion of ONE of the following:

  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study* at an approved EPI (Educator Preparation Institution) 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university earned within the three years preceding the date of application; or
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held since the issue date of the initial Provisional Certificate AND within the three years preceding application; or
  • Combination of semester credit hours and SCECHs (25 SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour) since the issue date of the initial Provisional Certificate AND within the three years preceding application; or
  • Completion of an approved Master’s Degree or higher at any time.

 

SECOND renewal requires completion of ONE of the following:

  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study* at an approved EPI or 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding application; or
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding application; or
  • 150 hours combined semester credit hours and SCECHs (25 SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour) since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding application.
  • Completion of an approved Master’s Degree or higher at any time (use to be a time limit).

 

THIRD renewal requires sponsorship by the local school district or private school, completion of all academic requirements for the Professional Education Certificate, and approval of the MDE. This renewal will not be issued to individuals who meet all the requirements for the Professional Education Certificate.

 

Progressing from Provisional to Professional Certification

This certification is valid for up to five (5) years.

Requirements:

  • Three years of satisfactory teaching experience since the issue date, and within the validity and grade level, of the Provisional Certificate;
  • The appropriate reading credit as described in the “Additional Requirements” below;

 

And ONE or the combination of the following:
(Within the five (5) year period preceding the date of application and since the issue date of the most recent Provisional Certificate)

  • 6 semester hours in a planned program* at an approved EPI or 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement (s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university; or
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held; or
  • 150 District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours in accordance with Michigan School Code Sections 380.1527. The DPPD form can be found here on the MDE website.
    Note: If DPPD is used in combination with semester credit hours and/or SCECHs you are required to have 150 (was 180) hours to renew. If only DPPD is used you are required to have only 150 hours to renew. You are also required to complete the DPPD form (one per school year) and have it signed by the Principal or Designee of the school district and each page of DPPD activity initialed by the Principal or Designee. Make sure to retain a copy of the signed DPPD form(s) for your records. MDE will request this information for certificate renewal verification.
  • Completion of an approved Master’s Degree or higher at any time (use to be a time limit).
    Note: 25 SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour

 

Additional Requirements:

In-state applicant:
(Program/coursework completed through a Michigan University)

  • Must also meet the basic reading requirements (6 semester hours of teaching of reading or reading methods for elementary and 3 semester hours for secondary); AND
  • Must have completed 3 semester credits of reading diagnostics and remediation, which includes a field experience, in accordance with Michigan Revised School Code MCL 380.1531(4)**; The following link provides a list of approved Michigan courses that meet this requirement under the Specialty Programs heading at the bottom of the page: http://www.Michigan.gov/teachercert.

 

Out-of-State Applicant
Please see the MDE published, “Facts on Educator Certification” document for out-of-state application information.

* A planned program is credit earned towards a Master’s Degree in education or a field of study related to education or in an approved endorsement program (minimum 20 semester credit hours to obtain endorsement) at a state approved EPI.

** Applicants who complete the reading diagnostics course out-of-state must have the Reading Diagnostics Course Certification form completed and signed by the out-of-state university.

Professional Certificate Renewal

This renewal is valid for up to five (5) years.

Requires one OR the combination of the following:

  • Completion of 6 semester credit hours in a planned program at an approved EPI or 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement (s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university; * or
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs); or
  • 150 District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours in accordance with Michigan School Code Section 380.1527. The DPPD form can be found here on the MDE website.
    Note: If DPPD is used in combination with semester credit hours and/or SCECHs you are required to have 150 (was 180) hours to renew. If only DPPD is used you are required to have only 150 hours to renew. You are also required to complete the DPPD form (one per school year) and have it signed by the Principal or Designee of the school district and each page of DPPD activity initialed by the Principal or Designee. Make sure to retain a copy of the signed DPPD form(s) for your records. MDE will request this information for certificate renewal verification.

 

Note: Semester credits (one semester credit equals 25 SCECHs), SCECHs or DPPD must have been completed within the five year period preceding the date of application and after the issue date of the previous certificate.

 

Administrator Certificate Renewal

Renewal is valid for up to five (5) years.

Requires one OR the combination of the following:

  • Completion of 6 semester hours at any four-year or community college listed in the Directory of Michigan Institutions of Higher Education;* or
  • 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs); or
  • 150 District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) Hours; or
  • 150 hours of combined options above – SCECHs + DPPD + Semester hours (1 semester hour equals 25 SCECHs).
  • An administrator who holds a valid Michigan Professional Education teaching certificate shall be considered as meeting this continuing education requirement.

 

Note: Semester credits or SCECHs must have been completed within the five (5) year period preceding the date of application and after the issue date of the previous certificate.

* Credits completed at approved out-of-state four-year EPI are also acceptable.