Alternative Certification route (MI)

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The alternative route to teacher certification is a non-traditional preparation program designed for individuals who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and are seeking to complete an teacher preparation program while employed as a teacher under an Interim Teaching Certificate (ITC) that entitles the holder to teach full-time in a Michigan school as the teacher of record. An alternative route to teacher certification is a collaborative effort between the teacher candidate, preparation provider, and K-12 school district. There are two paths that may lead an individual to the alternative route program and ITC:  1) the individual has a job opportunity and is seeking certification/endorsement in that area; or 2) the individual seeks certification or an additional endorsement to increase employment opportunities. An individual who does not hold appropriate certification or endorsement for an assignment for which they would like to be employed should work with the employer to fully understand the options for obtaining certification/endorsement. For a list of available alternative route programs, please, see:!/providers, select ‘Alternative’ under ‘Type’.

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State Information
State: Michigan
Contact Name: Certification Unit
Contact Phone: 517-335-0505
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Last updated on: October 20, 2020
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