How to Become a Teacher in Michigan

Becoming a Michigan certified teacher requires years of education and subject area knowledge, and high teacher salaries have come under scrutiny in the state in recent years. Receiving a Michigan teaching license remains a good way to make a living in the state, however, and many teachers still enjoy good pay and benefits. Becoming a teacher in Michigan requires students to complete at least a four-year degree from an accredited university, and many teachers move on to receive advanced degrees in order to increase their pay and pursue their professional or research interests while still teaching.

Education Requirements

Individuals wishing to teach in Michigan’s public schools must hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

Michigan Teaching Certification

Candidates who complete a state-approved teacher preparation program and complete and pass the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) exams will receive a Provisional Certificate, Michigan’s initial teaching license/credential. The Provisional Certificate is valid for up to six years. The Professional Education Certificate is Michigan’s advanced teaching license/credential, and is valid for up to five years.

Required Tests

All candidates for a Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate must pass the MTTC Basic Skills test. Candidates for elementary-level teaching certification must also pass the Elementary Education test. Candidates for secondary-level teaching certification must also pass the corresponding subject-area test for each academic subject area in which they are to be certified. More information is available on the MTTC website.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state candidates who wish to teach in Michigan can apply for a Temporary Teacher Employment Authorization if they already have a valid, out-of-state teaching certificate and have met all the requirements for the Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate. More information about certification for out-of-state candidates is available on the Michigan Department of Education website.

Helpful Resources

Adrian College

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110 S Madison St
Adrian, MI 49221-2575
(517) 265-5161

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Albion College

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611 E Porter St
Albion, MI 49224
(517) 629-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Alma College

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614 W Superior
Alma, MI 48801-1599
(989) 463-7111

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Andrews University

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4150 Administration Drive, Room 136
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
(800) 253-2874

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Aquinas College

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1607 Robinson Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799
(616) 632-8900

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Baker College of Allen Park

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4500 Enterprise Dr
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 425-3700

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Post-Bachelors

Bay Mills Community College

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12214 W Lakeshore Dr
Brimley, MI 49715
(906) 248-3354 Ext: 8423

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Calvin College

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3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 526-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Central Michigan University

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106 Warriner Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

College for Creative Studies

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201 E Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 664-7400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Concordia University-Ann Arbor

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4090 Geddes Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 995-7300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Cornerstone University

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1001 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897
(616) 949-5300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Delta College

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1961 Delta Road
University Center, MI 48710
(989) 686-9000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Eastern Michigan University

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202 Welch Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-1849

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Ferris State University

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1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251
(231) 591-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Grand Rapids Community College

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143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295
(616) 234-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Grand Valley State University

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1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
(616) 331-2020

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Hope College

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100 E. 8th Street, Suite 260
Holland, MI 49423-9000
(616) 395-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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6767 West O Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070
(269) 488-4100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Kellogg Community College

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450 North Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49017-3397
(269) 965-3931

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate
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