Interested in making a difference with students, but need certification as a teacher or principal?
If you hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, join us and work with the Department of Education to earn a Michigan Elementary or Secondary Standard Teaching Certificate through one of our certification-only programs. Our post-degree certification programs also offer you the opportunity to renew your certification, to add additional endorsements to current certification or to earn a school principal certificate.
If you are interested in having your transcripts evaluated, please fill out our Transcript Evaluation Request Form.
Programs for Certified Teachers
Professional Education Certificate Program (PEC): Renew your Certification
Both the Standard Teaching Certificate and the Professional Teaching Certificate are five-year teaching certificates with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year.
Application for progression to the Professional Certificate may occur
- After three (3) years of successful teaching since the issue date of the initial Standard Teaching Certificate, and
- Within the content areas and grade level of the Standard Teaching Certificate and
- Other requirements as detailed in the Michigan Department of Education link below.
Enhancement Program (EP): Add an Endorsement to your Certificate
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services offers this program for teachers who currently hold a Michigan Standard or Professional Education Certificate and wish to enhance their certificate with an additional area of preparation or endorsement.
Initial Teacher Certification
Certification-Only Programs: Get an Initial Certification
A student who already holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is able to earn a Michigan Elementary or Secondary Standard Teaching Certificate through one of our "certification-only" programs. Completers of these programs are prepared to be competent, caring and reflective educators who are ready to teach in their chosen teaching area.