SEHS ADVISING OFFICE

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4182
fax: (248) 370-4245
edadvise@oakland.edu

EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3242
certification@oakland.edu

Educator Certification Web Graphic of  a professor sitting at a table with students

Educator Certification

EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

In November 2017, the Michigan Department of Education revised the teacher certification administrative rules. You can view the revised Certification Rules on the Michigan Department of Education website: Updated Certification Rules.

Among these changes - the initial teaching certificate is now called a Standard Teaching Certificate and is valid for 5 years. Standard Teaching Certificates can be renewed an unlimited number of times for 5 year periods through completion of MDE approved education-related professional learning. Beginning July 1, 2018, progression to the Professional Teaching Certificate will include an Educator Effectiveness rating requirement - see the Professional Certificate tab for more information.

Please note that all renewals and applications for the Professional and Advanced Professional certificates are processed exclusively through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).


Initial Certification Process

Graduates from an Oakland University initial certification program, which includes successful student teaching, will complete two applications as part of the certification process. The first is an application for Recommendation for Initial Certification. Program completers will submit this application online once final grades have posted, as this begins the certification audit process.

The second application is submitted directly to the State for your Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate. This process is completed through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). Detailed instructions to assist you with the MOECS process are included below.

You may submit your MOECS application online once the following are complete:

  1. All coursework/internship requirements
  2. All final course grades posted in SAIL
  3. Any financial holds on student account have been cleared
  4. OU Application for Recommendation for Initial Certification has been submitted online

To begin your audit, we must have on file:

  • Official passing Basic Skills/MTTC scores
  • Passing OPI score for World Language endorsements
  • Current First Aid and CPR certificates
  • Current Felony & Misdemeanor form (and signed statement/court documents, if required)

Applying for a New Standard Certificate Using MOECS
  1. Create a Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) account
    Create a new MEIS account at https://mdoe.state.mi.us/MEIS/Login.aspx. Use a personal email address when creating the MEIS and MOECS accounts. At the end of the process, MEIS will provide a user ID, password, and account number that will be used to log into the MOECS system.
  2. Register with MOECS
    Once you have established a MEIS ID, visit the MOECS login page. Sign in with your MEIS user ID and password and follow the steps to register with MOECS. You will be asked to provide your MEIS account number.
  3. Apply for your new certificate in MOECS
    Enter your demographic information. After the information is saved, you will select the link in the left navigation panel that pertains to applying for an educator certificate and follow the steps to apply. Be certain to add any endorsements that you have completed and identify Oakland University as the preparing institution. Once all sections are complete, review the information for accuracy, and submit.
  4. Await review and approval
    Your application will be put in Oakland’s queue for review and approval. Applications cannot be approved until undergraduate degrees have been awarded. During peak times, this may take up to 6-8 weeks. If you submitted court documents related to any felony/misdemeanors, your application will undergo an additional review by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
  5. Pay MDE’s fee online
    MOECS will send an email prompting you to pay the application fee once your application has been approved. You can also check the status of your application by logging into MOECS - a “Pay Fee” link will appear once the application has been approved.
  6. Await your new certificate
    As soon as MDE processes your payment, you can print your teaching certificate from within MOECS. Be certain to have your certificate notarized

If you have difficulty with the registration process, review the MOECS FAQ or contact MDE’s Office of Educator Excellence at MOECSSupport@Michigan.gov or (517) 373-3310 for assistance.

Your teaching certificate will expire on June 30th in 5 years. To continue teaching, you will need to complete the requirements to renew your Standard Certificate or move on to a Professional Teaching Certificate. You can find information regarding both options on this webpage.

Please note, the requirements for renewing your certificate and progression to Professional certification are subject to change by the Michigan Department of Education, so please check this page often.


Endorsements
& Credits
Undergraduate and Graduate-Level Endorsement Options
  • The Certification Office evaluates the transcripts of individuals who want to add an undergraduate elementary endorsement to their Elementary teaching certificate. Elementary endorsements are listed under Option 1 in the Education-related professional learning planned program options.
  • Secondary Teacher Education Program Faculty Advisers evaluate the transcripts of individuals who want to add an undergraduate secondary endorsement to their Secondary teaching certificate. Secondary and K-12 endorsements, as well as faculty adviser information, are listed under Option 1 in the Education-related professional learning planned program options.
  • School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) Faculty Advisers evaluate the transcripts of individuals who want to add a graduate endorsement to their teaching certificate. These endorsements, as well as contact information for faculty advisers, are listed under Option 2 and 4 in the Education-related professional learning planned program options.
  • Adding an endorsement to your certificate requires you to:
    • Contact the Certification Office or faculty adviser indicated on the education-related professional learning planned program list for a transcript evaluation and personalized program plan
    • Complete all necessary prerequisites
    • Pass all coursework required for the endorsement and maintain the minimum cumulative GPA for all major/minor and professional education coursework
    • Pass the corresponding MTTC and have the official score sent to OU
    • Pass the associated OPI - World Languages endorsements only
    • Provide the Certification Office with an updated Civil Infraction, Misdemeanor and Felony Conviction Disclosure form
    • Once you have met these requirements and final grades have been posted, you may apply for your new endorsement in MOECS
    • Applications will typically be processed within 4-6 weeks from the date the application and all documentation are received. This process may take longer during peak times
  • If credits from another institution are accepted towards the endorsement, an official transcript is required before recommendation for the endorsement. Official transcripts can be mailed/emailed to:

    Educator Certification
    363 Pawley Hall
    456 Pioneer Drive
    Rochester, MI 48309-4401
    certification@oakland.edu

Applying to Oakland
To complete requirements to add an additional endorsement or complete continuing education credits at an undergraduate-level, follow these steps to apply for admittance as a post-baccalaureate adding an endorsement:
  1. Visit https://www.oakland.edu/futurestudents/apply/
  2. Click on “Apply Now”
  3. In the Undergraduate Admissions Section, select: “I wish to pursue other undergraduate work (second degree, teacher certification, post-bachelor, additional major, etc.)”
  4. Complete your account profile and previous college information
  5. Select Admission Type: “Teacher Certification – Additional Endorsement”. The Academic Program field will default to “Additional Endorsement for Teaching Certificate”
  6. Select the semester you will begin coursework from the Entry Term menu
  7. Complete all fields in the application. Finalize the application by creating an account password, and click “Create Account”

The application form will not ask for information regarding the endorsement program you plan to complete – you must contact certification@oakland.edu for a transcript review and customized endorsement plan before beginning any endorsement program.

To check the status of your application, log into the online application system or contact Undergraduate Admissions.

Once admitted, you will receive instructions regarding how to activate your ID and register for classes using SAIL

NOTE: Students admitted to OU under this status are not eligible to qualify for Financial Aid.

Students who want to apply to Oakland to enroll in RDG 5210 should follow the steps located on the "Reading Requirements" tab on this page. 

Students who want to apply for a graduate program should visit oakland.edu/grad

Current tuition rates are available at oakland.edu/tuition. Students pursuing financial aid eligible programs in need of aid should visit oakland.edu/financialservices.

MDE Guidance: Adding an Endorsement to a Teaching Certificate

Standard
Renewal
Standard Certificate Renewal

The Standard Teaching Certificate replaces the Provisional Certificate. The Standard Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate 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.

Renewal Requirements (one of the following):

Education-Related Professional Learning Options:

One of the following must be earned since the issue date of the most recent Standard Teaching Certificate or renewal, and must be entered into MOECS prior to applying for renewal:

Credits in a planned course of study may include credits taken as part of an
education-related master’s or higher degree or credits in a program that leads to an endorsement. Consult the Education-related professional learning planned program options to review your master's degree, endorsement, and education credit choices.

Once you have completed the requirements for Standard Teaching Certificate renewal, go to michigan.gov/moecs and apply for your new certificate.

MDE Guidance: Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal

Professional
Certificate
Progressing to the Professional Teaching Certificate

The Professional Teaching Certificate is valid for up to 5 years.

You are not required to renew your Standard Certificate before applying for your Professional Teaching Certificate. If you are currently teaching, please make this decision in consultation with your district.

Requirements for Progression to Professional:

  1. Successful Teaching: 3 years of successful teaching since the issue date of the initial Standard Certificate, within the content area and grade level of your certificate. When using substitute teaching to satisfy the work experience requirement, only experience that matches your teaching certificate will count. For example, if you have an Elementary Certificate for K-5 all subjects only, substitute teaching in a middle school or high school classroom will not count towards the requirement.

  2. Reading Methods: 6 semester credit hours of Reading Methods instruction is required for elementary certified teachers, 3 semester credit hours of Reading Methods instruction is required for secondary certified teachers. If you completed your teacher preparation program in Michigan since 1985, you have met this requirement. Refer to the Reading Requirements tab on this page for additional information.

  3. Reading Diagnostics: 3 semester credit hours of Reading Diagnostics and Remediation instruction, including a field experience, is required to progress to Professional certification. Refer to the Reading Requirements tab on this page for additional information.

  4. Education-Related Professional Learning: totaling 150 hours; or an education-related master’s or higher degree earned at any time (even if previously used to renew the Standard Teaching Certificate) from a regionally accredited college or university.

    NOTE - New requirement beginning July 1, 2018:

  5. Educator Effectiveness: Effectiveness ratings in accordance with MCL 380.1531j

    a. Consecutive: Effective or highly effective ratings on your annual year-end performance evaluations for the 3 consecutive school years immediately preceding your application for a Professional Teaching Certificate; or

    b. Nonconsecutive: Effective or highly effective ratings on your annual year-end performance evaluation for at least 3 nonconsecutive school years prior to applying for the Professional Teaching Certificate, including:

    1. An Effective Educator Recommendation form completed by the chief
      school administrator of the school where you are currently employed.

Education-Related Professional Learning Options:

One of the following must be earned since the issue date of the most recent Standard Teaching Certificate or renewal, and must be entered into MOECS prior to applying for renewal:

Credits earned in RDG 510/5210 may count towards the 6 semester credit hours assuming the credits were earned after the issue date of the most recent certificate or renewal.

Once you have completed the requirements for Professional Teaching Certificate, go to michigan.gov/moecs and apply for your new certificate.

Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

Renewal of your Professional Teaching Certificate requires one or a combination of the following: 

  • 6 semester hours in a education-related professional learning at an approved Educator Preparation Institution; or
  • 6 semester credit hours appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate earned from a college or university that is regionally accredited by one of the agencies listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation Directory; or
  • 150 Michigan State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate; or
  • 150 hours of Michigan District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate; or
  • Combination of semester credit hours, SCECHs, and/or DPPD totaling 150 hours.

The credits and/or SCECHs used to renew your Professional must have been completed after the issuance of your Professional certificate and must not be more than five years old.

Once you have completed the requirements for Professional Education Certificate renewal, go to michigan.gov/moecs and apply for your new certificate.

MDE Guidance: Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

MDE Guidance: Advanced Professional Education Certificate

Reading
Requirements
Reading Methods Requirement

Holders of an Elementary Teaching Certificate applying for a Standard or Professional Teaching Certificate must have completed a minimum of 6 semester credit hours in reading methodology, while holders of a Secondary Teaching Certificate must have completed this requirement with a minimum of 3 semester credit hours. This requirement is typically completed during an initial teacher preparation program. 

OU initial teacher preparation program completers satisfied this requirement with:
  • RDG 331/3231, 333/3233, and 414/4214 or RDG 502/5202 and 503/5203 in OU’s Elementary Education teacher certification programs, or
  • RDG 338/4238 or 538/5558 in OU’s Secondary Education teacher certification programs

Reading Diagnosis/Remediation Requirement

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has required since July 1, 2009 that anyone applying for a Professional Teaching Certificate to complete a minimum of 3 semester credit hours in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction.

You have satisfied this Reading Diagnosis/Remediation requirement if:

  1. You earned a 2.8 grade minimum in RDG 331/3231, RDG 333/3233, and 414/4214 in fall 2007 or after as a student in Oakland University’s Elementary Education teacher certification program,
  2. You successfully completed RDG 500/5520, 632/6962, and 633/6963 as a student in OU’s MAT in Reading and Language Arts,
  3. You completed an approved Reading (BT) or Reading Specialist (BR) program since 2002 at a Michigan Educator Preparation Institution,
  4. You successfully completed one of the following Oakland University Reading Recovery courses - RDG 539/5439, RDG 559/5449, or RDG 569/5459,
  5. You successfully passed a course from MDE’s list of approved reading diagnostics courses at a Michigan Educator Preparation Institution, or
  6. You successfully completed RDG 510/5210 at OU.

If have not completed the required diagnosis and remediation coursework listed above, you are advised to take RDG 5210.

You may renew your Standard Certificate before completing the additional reading requirement, but you must have a grade in the course before you are eligible for the Professional Teaching Certificate.

Current graduate students at OU may register for RDG 5210 using SAIL. If you are not a current graduate student at OU and want to take RDG 5210, follow these steps to apply to OU:

  1. Go to https://www.oakland.edu/grad/future-graduate-students/non-degree/
  2. Read through the instructions and click on “Online application for admission”
  3. Log in or set up an Admissions account Login ID and Pin
  4. Complete your account profile information
  5. Under application type, select “Graduate Non-Degree Seeking”
  6. Under Planned Course of Study, select “Professional Development – Education”, indicating RDG 5210 as the course you plan to take as a Professional Development student
  7. Complete all sections and submit your application
  8. The system will let you know if you must provide official or unofficial transcripts
  9. You can find information regarding your application and admission status by visiting the Graduate Education webpage: https://www.oakland.edu/grad/top-links/apply/

To check your admission status, you can log into the online application system. Some helpful facts and faqs can be found on the Graduate Admissions page.

Once admitted, you will receive instructions on how to activate your ID and register for classes using SAIL.

NOTE: Students who are admitted to OU to only take RDG 5210 do not qualify for Financial Aid. Tuition information is available at oakland.edu/tuition.

MDE Guidance: Reading Requirements

Administrative
& Leadership
School Administrator, Central Office, and Leadership

Oakland University offers the following Administrative Certificate programs:

Building-Level Principal, which leads to the ES Administrative Certificate

Central Office Administration, which leads to the CO Administrative Certificate

Oakland University also offers a Teacher Leader program:

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (M.Ed.) leads to the TL endorsement, which is included in the requirements to progress to the Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate.

Adding an Administrative or Central Office Certificate, or Teacher Leader endorsement requires you to:

  1. Contact the program coordinator listed in the program links above to discuss program benefits and requirements, and how to join a cohort
  2. Once you have met all program or endorsement requirements and final grades have been awarded, you may apply for your new endorsement in MOECS
  3. To be eligible for recommendation for the new certificate, you must provide the Certification Office with an updated Civil Infraction, Misdemeanor and Felony Conviction Disclosure form
  4. Applications will typically be processed within 4-6 weeks from the date the application and all documentation are received. This process may take longer during peak times

If your program results in a university issued degree or certificate, you will also apply to Oakland for your degree or certificate to be awarded. Please contact the Department of Organizational Leadership at (248) 370-3070 for guidance.

MDE Guidance: School Administrator Certificate

MDE Guidance: School Administrator Certificate Renewal
Out of State
Program Verification
Out of State Program Verification

Email completed forms (no social security numbers) to certification@oakland.edu along with basic information, including:

  • Name while attending Oakland
  • Last 4 digits of your Student ID/Grizz ID
  • Type of education program (Elementary, Secondary, K-12, MATEE, MATSE)
  • Name of degree and date awarded
  • Endorsements earned
  • Submittal instructions

The Program Verification form will be completed as quickly as possible and submitted to the district or returned to you based on the instructions included in your email.