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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Classroom Readiness Training and Test Preparation modules are always available 100% online.
No, the testing and training can be completed in any order. All requirements must be met before applying for your Interim Teaching Certificate.
Our typical grading time is 3-5 business days, however, there are occasional times when it could take longer.
Yes, you have multiple attempts to pass your projects. Our instructors will provide you with guided feedback to ensure you succeed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All teacher candidates are required to pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
You may register for the MTTC through the testing vendor, Pearson. For more details regarding test preparation, please view this page.
You must take and pass the MTTC in order to be issued your Interim Teaching Certificate.
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.
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.
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.
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).
We recommend starting your job search as soon as you have completed your three Pre-Service Training requirements.
You should call the school Human Resources department, as each district application is unique.
Congratulations! Now that you have received a job offer, it is extremely important to submit the “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal under the “Internship” tab. 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).
You will need to apply for an Interim Teaching Certificate through the Michigan Department of Education.
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.
It’s easy! After you have completed the program requirements, you will need to apply and receive a job offer. As soon as your receive your offer for employment, it is extremely important to submit the “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal under the “Internship” tab. 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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