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.

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