Teacher Certification & Degree Information

My teaching certificate is going to expire this year.  What do I need to do?

Official information is available on the Michigan Department of Education website.  Please refer all questions regarding renewal of teaching certificates to the Michigan Department of Education.  The site provides a comprehensive list of the staff member in charge of each area.  This list is called Teacher Certification Contacts.  Their website has a guide entitled Facts About Teacher Certification that contains detailed information about requirements for each renewal and individual certification.   A quick summary of that information is below.  This summary is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to certificate renewal and all decisions on certification renewal are made by the Office of Professional Preparation.  Please refer to the link for Teacher Certification Contacts for the person appropriate to your certification.

What is the procedure for using DPPD (District Provided Professional Development) Credit Hours, SCECH Hours and/or Graduate School Hours to renew my teaching certificate? 

Please click on the following link to get detailed information about DPPD credit hours:

When I have all my documentation ready to get my certificate renewed, what do i do?

All teachers now use an online certification system called MOECS. This stands for the Michigan Online Educator Certification System. Every educator needs to create an account at the following website

Once you create a log-in, enter all your documenting information, you then can pay for the certificate renewal online. Then, it allows you to print a certificate on this spot. Certificates are no longer mailed.

I just received my new teaching certificate through MOECS.  What do I do with it?

By law, an original copy of your teaching certificate must be kept in your personnel file in Human Resources.  When you receive your new/renewed certificate please have it notarized.  Currently, Mandy Rucky and Karen Healy are notaries and can do this for you.  Do not sign the certificate until you are in the presence of the notary.

After it is notarized please bring the original certificate marked "Employer Copy" to the Human Resources Department to be kept in your file.  If you should leave the district your original transcripts and teaching certificate/s will be returned to you.

I have heard that there is a new reading requirement in order to obtain my Professional Certificate, I already have my Master's do I still have to take the reading course? 

There seems to be much confusion regarding this so the SAS Department of Human Resources called the Michigan Department of Ed for clarification.  They have confirmed the following:

Anyone who has not obtained their Professional certification before July 1, 2009, without exception, MUST complete the requirements listed below.  The complete list of qualifications for all teaching certificates should always be confirmed with an official from the Department of Education; Teacher Certification Contacts. The paragraph below has been copied from the MDEwebsite for your convenience.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE – (Michigan’s advanced teaching certificate)

  • Requires completion of 18 semester hours in a planned course of study after the issuance of an approved initial teaching certificate (or an approved master’s degree earned at any time), and 3 years of successful teaching experience.
  • Must also meet the reading requirement (6 semester hours of teaching of reading or reading methods for elementary and 3 semester hours for secondary).
  • Valid for up to 5 years.
  • After July 1, 2009, requires completion of an additional reading course with appropriate field experiences in diagnosis, remediation of reading disabilities, and differentiated instruction.

External LinkReading Requirements Approved Course List (11/2013) 

Helpful MDE Resources 

External LinkFacts on Teacher Certification (MDE) Updated 2013
External LinkMichigan Educator Certification Status
External LinkMOECS (Michigan Online Educator Certification System)