MTTC Certification Requirements
Basic Skills Requirement
All candidates for a Michigan provisional teaching certificate must pass the Basic Skills test before enrolling in student teaching. The Basic Skills test consists of three subtests: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Together, the Reading and Mathematics subtests comprise approximately 85 multiple-choice questions. The Writing subtest consists of a constructed-response assignment. To pass the Basic Skills test, you must pass each of the subtests.
Candidates for an elementary-level teaching certificate must pass both the Elementary Education test and the Basic Skills test. Candidates who want to teach specific subject areas in grades 6–8 must also pass the corresponding subject-area tests in order to qualify for the endorsements.
Candidates for secondary-level teaching certificates must pass, in addition to the Basic Skills test, the corresponding subject-area test for each academic subject area in which they are to be certified. Candidates seeking certification in more than one field of study must take the subject-area test for each field.
If you are a Michigan student seeking certification for the first time, the required subject-area test is the one that corresponds to your major or minor field of study in an approved teacher preparation program. Subject-area tests correspond to teaching certificate endorsements; it is important to verify with your advisor the endorsement or endorsements for which your institution will approve on your behalf and take the appropriate MTTC tests. If you are already certified to teach in Michigan and are seeking an additional endorsement, you must take the subject-area test that corresponds to the endorsement you are seeking.
Certification Requirements for Out-of-State Teacher Candidates
Persons certified to teach in other states or trained at out-of-state institutions must pass the Basic Skills test and appropriate subject-area tests to be certified in Michigan. However, there are two important exceptions:
You are not required to take the MTTC tests if you hold a teaching certificate from another state
and meet all of the following criteria:
- You have taught successfully for at least three years in a position for which your teaching certificate from the other state was valid.
- You have earned, after your initial certification in another state, at least 18 semester credit hours in a planned course of study at a state board–approved institution of higher education or you have earned, at any time, a state board–approved master's or doctoral degree.
- You have met the elementary or secondary, as applicable, reading credit requirement established under state board rules.
- If you hold a teaching certificate from another state and meet all of the requirements for a Michigan teaching certificate but do not meet all three of the requirements listed above, you are eligible to receive a one-year nonrenewable temporary teaching certificate without passing the Basic Skills and subject-area tests. However, the Michigan State Board of Education will not issue a teaching certificate after the expiration of the temporary teaching certificate unless you have passed the appropriate tests.
Out-of-state applicants who are eligible for exceptions 1 or 2 must contact the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services, at the address listed in "Contact Information."
Additional Endorsement Applicants
Since September 1, 1993, it has been a requirement that a person holding a Michigan teaching certificate who applies for an elementary-level certificate or for additional endorsements must pass the appropriate tests to become certified.
2012–2013 MTTC Registration Bulletin
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