Provisional Educator Certificate (MI)

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Provisional Educator Certificate (MI)

The Provisional Educator Certificate (MI) is the initial certification recommendation by a Michigan teacher program or approved alternate route provider.
Certificate Valid for 6 Years
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: Michigan
Contact Name: Jim Sory
Contact Phone: 517-373-3310
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:,4615,7-140-5683_14795—,00.html

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

MTEL or ACTFL OPI accepted.

ACTFL proficiency scores:
-French, German, Italian, Latin or Spanish: Advanced-Low
-Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian: Intermediate-High

Alternative teacher programs valid.

TOEFL may be required.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at:

Copy of First Aid/Adult/Child CPR:
AED Recommended
Online courses for First Aid are unacceptable. See:,4615,7-140-5683_14795-75289–,00.html

Copy of Tuberculosis Test Report: Required
TB Test: School District Requirement: 3 years current

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Online at:,4615,7-140-5683_39798—,00.html
Varies by District

Renewal: Renewable

The Provisional Certificate may be renewed two times. Each renewal adds three
years to the certificate.

– 6 Semester hours at an approved TEP OR
– 6 semester credit hours at any regionally accredited college or university OR
– 150 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) OR
– Completion of an approved Master’s Degree or higher

Out of state applicants must submit all documents on time in one package.
Transcript Evaluation: English translations and Course by Course evaluation is required.

Recommended transcript evaluation agencies:
– World Education and Education Services

– Educational Credential Evaluators

– International Education Research Foundation
Applicants who do not meet the requirements for renewal may ask an employing school to sponsor them for the Two-Year Provisional Certificate

3rd renewal- requires sponsorship by the local school district or private school, completion of all academic requirements for the Professional Education Certificate, and approval by the MDE.

Provisional Temporary Teacher Employment Authorization (T2EA) (Valid for up to one year)

Only issued to candidates who:
• Hold an acceptable valid teaching certificate from another state;
• Have never held a Michigan teaching certificate;
• Have applied for initial Provisional Certification; AND
• Meet all the requirements for the Provisional Certificate, except for passing the MTTC.

The T2EA is not applied for, but issued upon evaluation for initial certification. This authorization is valid for only one year from the date in which it was issued and is non-renewable. The T2EA allows out-of-state candidates one year to meet Michigan testing requirements. The MTTC is the only acceptable examination. Note: Once a T2EA has been issued the candidate must complete testing requirements in order to be issued any Michigan teaching certificate.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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