To obtain an initial teaching certification through the State of Michigan, the following requirements must be met:
- Passing scores on the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification
- Documentation of achievement of program outcomes
- Training in first aid and CPR
- Professional conference attendance
- Completion of surveys
- Academic portfolio
Please see our course catalog for details.
Deadline for Program Completion
All requirements for program completion must be completed within two years of withdrawal from the university. Following that deadline, a candidate wishing to return and complete certification requirements must meet any new or changed program requirements.
Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)
In order to receive certification in the State of Michigan, applicants must apply for certification on the new Michigan Online Educator Certification System. Forms and resources are available on the MOECS site.
Steps to Secure a State Teaching Certificate
- Complete all program requirements
- Submit a Request for Initial Teacher Certification to the School of Education's certification officer
- Apply for certification through MOECS
- The state sends the application to the certification officer to be verified
- When program completion and fulfillment of all requirements have been verified, the certification officer submits the university’s recommendation to the State Department of Education via MOECS
- The state sends the candidate an email that includes a link to pay the certification fee
- Create a Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) Account in the MOECS system
Deadline for Requesting Certification
Michigan stipulates a five-year window for submitting a recommendation for certification upon program completion. After that deadline, Concordia requires evidence of a minimum of ten additional credits of coursework directly related to the requested area(s) of certification. Ten or more years after program completion, a minimum of eighteen additional credits and evidence of 50 hours of appropriate clinical experiences are required.
Certification in Other States
Certification processes and requirements vary by state. Concordia strongly encourages all graduates to begin by securing a Michigan certificate, even if they do not intend to find a teaching job within the state.
Forms and Resources for Certification Renewal
Forms and resources are available on the MOECS site.
First Renewal of a Provisional Certificate
First renewal of a Provisional Certificate is valid for up three years and expires June 30. A teacher with an expiring Provisional, who doesn't qualify for a Professional, can apply for a First Provisional Renewal if ONE of the following is completed:
- Six semester hours in a planned course of study since the issue date of the initial Provisional at an approved Educator Preparation Institution (EPI).
- 180 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.
- Combination of semester credit hours and SCECHs (30 SCECHs is equal to one semester hour) since the issue date of the initial Provisional.
- Professional Certification
- Initial license/credential is valid for up to five years. Teachers can remain at the Professional level for the remainder of their careers. The Professional must be renewed every five years by completing ONE of the following:
- Three years of successful teaching experience since the issue date, and within the validity and grade level of the Provisional Certificate.
- Three semester credits of reading diagnostics and remediation, which includes a field experience in accordance with Michigan Revised School Code MCL 380.1531(4). (CUAA courses EDU 840 and 845 meet this requirement).
And one or the combination of the following (within the five year period preceding the date of application and since the issue date of the Provisional Certificate):
- Six semester hours in a planned course of study or six semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate at any approved college or university.
- 180 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held.
- 150 annual District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours in accordance with Michigan School Code Sections 380.1527 completed through professional development programs that are appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate.
- Or a combination of semester hours, SCECHs, and DPPD hours. 30 SCECHs equals 1 semester hour; 30 DPPD equals 30 SCECHS or 1 semester hour.
Renewal of Professional Certificates
Renewal is valid for up to five years and expires June 30th.
- Completion of six semester hours or 18 SB-CEUs or a combination of the two after the issue date of the Provisional Certificate or completion of an approved Master’s Degree or higher
- Three years of successful teaching experience within the validity and grade level of the provision certificate. Teaching experience acquired in a licensed, private, “Child Care Center” may apply towards the experience requirements for an elementary professional education certificate
- Must meet the basic reading requirement of three semester credits of reading diagnostics and remediation, which includes a field experience in accordance with Michigan Revised School Code MCL 380.1531(4). (CUAA courses EDU 840 and 845 meet this requirement)
Administrator Certification Eligibility
A principal, assistant principal, or other person, whose primary responsibility is administering instructional programs employed as a school administrator after January 4, 2010, must hold a valid Administrator Certificate in accordance with SB981.
The initial license is valid for up to five years. Certification requires completion of a Master’s Degree or higher from an approved program in educational leadership or administration offered by an institute of higher education. CUAA offers the Elementary/Secondary Administrator K-12 (building) Certificate.
Administrator Certificate Renewal
Renewal is valid for up to five years and requires one or a combination of the following:
- Completion of six semester hours at any four-year or community college listed in the Directory of Michigan Institutions of Higher Education.
- 180 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
- Semester credits or SCECHs must have been completed within the five year period preceding the date of application and after the issue date of the previous certificate.
CUAA Contact Information
Completed applications and supporting documents for initial provisional certification should be sent to:
Kristen Thornton, Certification Officer
School of Education
Concordia University-Ann Arbor
School of Education
4090 Geddes Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105