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Michigan Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $58,482
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $42,890

Coursework and Preparation Programs You'll Need:

You'll need a Bachelor's Degree before you can teach in Michigan schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Michigan teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Michigan-approved teacher preparation program. A discussion of approved programs is available here:
Standards for Teacher Preparation Units:
http://www.michigan.gov

For a list of alternative teaching certification preparation programs, see
http://www.teach-now.org
the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.

Tests

For teacher certification in Michigan, you'll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)Official Site: http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/ | MTTC Test
Specifically, you'll need to take the basic skills test and tests for specific subject areas (or for elementary education).

Certification is just the beginning

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Michigan has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Michigan Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Michigan for four years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

Michigan

For Further Information

You can contact the Michigan Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Michigan Department of Education
608 W. Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI  48909

Or you can call at 517-373-3324.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Michigan teacher certification process:

Michigan Department of Education:
http://www.michigan.gov/mde

Teacher Certification:
http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_5683_14795---,00.html

Facts on Educator Certification - Michigan Dept. of Education

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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