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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Congratulations! You’re now enrolled and well on your way toward becoming a teacher! As you work toward fulfilling your dream, it’s not uncommon for a few questions to arise. Read our Enrolled Candidates FAQ to find the answers you’re looking for! We value transparency, so if you have another question not answered on this page, feel free to submit a new question using the form at the bottom of the page.

WHAT IS MY PRE-SERVICE TRAINING?

Your Pre-Service Training is composed of three self-paced requirements: (1) Passing the MTTC, (2) Completing your online courses, Classroom Readiness Training, and (3) Obtaining your CPR and First Aid Certificates.

WHAT IS THE MTTC?

The MTTC stands for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification and is required by the Michigan Department of Education. The specific test you take is determined by which endorsement area(s) you are pursuing.

WHAT DOES THE CLASSROOM READINESS TRAINING COVER?

The curriculum is organized around six main constructs for learning: The Teacher, The Learner, Lesson Planning, Instructional Strategies, Assessing Learning, and The Learning Environment. There are multiple courses within each construct that help the prospective teacher understand the pedagogy behind their role as an educator in the classroom. Please visit our How to Become Eligible page for samples of the coursework you will engage within each construct.

WHAT CERTIFICATES AM I REQUIRED TO OBTAIN?

The Michigan Department of Education requires you to earn both your CPR and First Aid Certificates before you can teach in your own classroom*. The training to earn your certificates can be completed in one day, so it’s best to complete it sooner, rather than later. We offer a list of approved certification providers to help get you started.

*Please note: Effective April 21, 2020, candidates may be issued their Interim Teaching Certificate without completing a First Aid/CPR course, granted all other program requirements are met. This temporary allowance by the Michigan Department of Education is in place due to in-person facility closures. Learn more

IS MY TRAINING 100% ONLINE?

The Classroom Readiness Training and Test Preparation modules are always available 100% online.

DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE TRAINING BEFORE TAKING THE MTTC?

No, the testing and training can be completed in any order. All requirements must be met before applying for your Interim Teaching Certificate.

WHAT IS THE TURNAROUND TIME FOR GRADED PROJECTS?

Our typical grading time is 3-5 business days, however, there are occasional times when it could take longer.

CAN I RESUBMIT AN ASSIGNMENT IF I DO NOT PASS?

Yes, you have multiple attempts to pass your projects. Our instructors will provide you with guided feedback to ensure you succeed.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A GRADE I RECEIVED; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

We’re always happy to provide you with more feedback! For any questions or clarification regarding grades or project feedback, please email us at CurriculumSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE CURRICULUM; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

Our online instructors are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the training content and curriculum. You can reach them from any page by clicking on the question mark icon. If you can’t find one on the current page, you can always find the help icon on the left slide of your main dashboard. Also, feel free to email us with a specific question at CurriculumSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I AM HAVING TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH CANVAS; WHAT SHOULD I DO?

For technical issues with Canvas, please take a screenshot of the page on which you are experiencing an issue. Then, you should contact the Canvas support team by clicking on the question mark icon (available on most pages).  If you cannot locate the question mark icon, there is always a help button on the left-side menu on your main dashboard. You can also email us at CanvasSupport@TexasTeachers.org.

I NEED CLARIFICATION REGARDING MY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

If you are unsure about what is required of you or have a specific question regarding your personalized training path, please reach out to an Advisor at Teach@MichiganTeachers.org.

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE MY PRE-SERVICE TRAINING BEFORE TAKING AN EXAM?

No, you do not. You may complete your Classroom Readiness Training, CPR and First Aid Certificates, and MTTC in any order. However, we do encourage you to first focus on passing MTTC. After you take the test, it could take up to a month to receive your scores, which is a great time to get started on your remaining requirements.

WHAT EXAMS AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE?

All teacher candidates are required to pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR EXAMS?

You may register for the MTTC through the testing vendor, Pearson. For more details regarding test preparation, please view this page.

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WHEN DO I TAKE MY EXAMS?

You must take and pass the MTTC in order to be issued your Interim Teaching Certificate.

HOW SHOULD I STUDY FOR THE EXAMS?

We offer a wide variety of suggested resources, including test preparation discounts, on our Michigan State Testing page. Finally, we encourage you to join our Official Michigan Teachers Facebook Community to connect with your peers to share study tips and ask/give advice.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER EXAMS I CAN TAKE TO INCREASE MY CHANCES OF GETTING HIRED?

Absolutely! While you are required to pass the specific endorsement area test in the area in which you are seeking certification, you may also add additional endorsement areas that will help increase your marketability as a candidate for a teaching position. For more tips on how to increase your marketability, please read our Marketability Guide.

 

WILL MICHIGAN TEACHERS HELP ME GET HIRED?

Absolutely! You ultimately choose which districts to apply with, but Michigan Teachers has a team of representatives that work closely with schools across the state. We provide thousands of candidate lists, by request, to schools every year, and host both in-person and virtual job fairs. We notify candidates regarding teacher hiring events and list the schools that have recently requested our candidates. We also provide a wealth of resources to help you prepare to get your first teaching job, from online webinars and seminars to resume review services and portfolio guidance.

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET HIRED?

To get hired, you will need to first complete all three requirements of your Pre-Service Training. Once completed, you must submit fingerprints to undergo a national criminal history background check to obtain your Interim Teaching Certificate. You may apply for your Interim Teaching Certificate through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).

WHEN SHOULD I START MY JOB SEARCH?

We recommend starting your job search as soon as you have completed your three Pre-Service Training requirements.

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A JOB APPLICATION; WHO SHOULD I ASK?

You should call the school Human Resources department, as each district application is unique.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER I RECEIVE A JOB OFFER?

Congratulations! After you receive a job, it is extremely important to submit the “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal under the “Internship” tab. In conjunction with your new school, we will submit a request through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) to issue your Interim Teaching Certificate.

HOW TO SUBMIT FORM

WHAT TYPE OF CERTIFICATE DO I NEED TO TEACH DURING MY FIRST YEAR?

You will need to apply for an Interim Teaching Certificate through the Michigan Department of Education.

WHEN SHOULD I PAY FOR MY INTERIM TEACHING CERTIFICATE APPLICATION?

We recommend you pay for your Interim Teaching Certificate application once you have received a job offer and we have verified your employment with your school.

HOW DO I START THE PROCESS TO RECEIVE MY INTERIM TEACHING CERTIFICATE?

You must submit the “I Got a Job” form located in your Intern Portal as soon as you accept an offer to teach. Once submitted, we will verify your employment and send you an email with instructions to apply for your Interim Teaching Certificate through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERIM TEACHING CERTIFICATE AND A STANDARD CERTIFICATE?

An Interim Teaching Certificate is only issued to candidates pursuing certification through an alternative route provider, such as Michigan Teachers. It is valid for up to five years, cannot be renewed, and does not transfer to other states. A Standard Teaching Certificate (previously called a Provisional Certificate) is issued to teachers upon successful completion of the program. It is valid for five years, may transfer to some states, and can be renewed indefinitely.

WHAT ARE ENDORSEMENTS?

Endorsements indicate which subject area and grade levels you are certified to teach. All teachers have the opportunity to earn additional endorsements to their certifications. Michigan Teachers is the only program that allows you to add multiple endorsement areas. Furthermore, we offer unique endorsement areas available nowhere else. Click here to view our endorsement areas list.

WHEN CAN I ADD ENDORSEMENTS TO MY CERTIFICATE?

If you are working toward earning your Standard Certificate with Michigan Teachers, you must add endorsement areas before your Interim Teaching Certificate is issued. You will not be allowed to add endorsement areas to your Interm Teaching Certificate. Alternatively, if you possess a Standard or Professional Teaching Certificate may add endorsement areas to your certificate.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO ADD AN ENDORSEMENT TO MY CERTIFICATE?

To add an endorsement area, you must be on a current Standard or Professional Michigan Teacher Certification and have passing MTTC scores for the desired endorsement area. Learn more.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES?

All COVID-19 Updates can be found on our webpage, under our Resources tab. Learn more.

WHERE CAN I FIND NEW RESOURCES, TIPS, AND RELEVANT ARTICLES?

We frequently post new, relevant articles, share resources, and keep you informed about all things teaching on our Teaching in Michigan blog! Learn More.

Do you have another question that you can’t quite seem to find the answer to on this page? Feel free to check out our two other FAQ pages:

PROGRAM EXPLORATION FAQ
RECENT APPLICANTS FAQ

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