April 16, 2018

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:
For a list of alternative teaching certification preparation programs, see
the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


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).

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.

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:

Teacher Certification:

Facts on Educator Certification – Michigan Dept. of Education