School of Education
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Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate Certificate
The Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate is the initial teaching credential issued by the State of Michigan. It is granted upon recommendation of Lake Superior State University after completion of the approved teacher training program, and meeting all qualifying conditions. The Michigan Provisional Certificate is valid for up to six years, during which time the holder is expected to gain experience as a practicing teacher, and to acquire additional professional development through advanced study as a prerequisite for the next level of certification. Effective July 1, 2004 the MDE will require all first time teacher candidates to hold valid First Aid and CPR certification. (Please download the current version for each form needed)
Initial Provisional Certificate Checklist (updated October 2014)
Application for Initial Provisional Teaching Certificate (updated February 2013)
Criminal Background Disclosure Form (updated March 2012)
Canadian students must apply directly to the Ontario College of Teachers - go online to their website for additional information www.oct.ca.
Ontario College of Teachers Release Form (revised October 2012)
MDE-OCT Letter of Professional Standing (revised October 2014)
First Renewal Of The Provisional Certificate
During the life of the initial Michigan Provisional Certificate the teacher must either qualify for the Michigan Professional Certificate or renew the Michigan Provisional Certificate. To qualify for renewal, the holder must complete at least ten semester hours on a planned program at an approved institution. When the majority of courses are taken through Lake Superior State University, the holder may be recommended for renewal of the provisional certificate by LSSU. The renewed provisional certificate is valid for up to three years, during which time the holder is expected to gain experience as a practicing teacher, and to acquire additional professional development through advanced study as a prerequisite for the next level of certification. A $20.00 LSSU processing fee is required with the submission of the hardcopy application, effective January 1, 2004.
Second Renewal Of The Provisional Certificate
If, during the lifetime of the first provisional renewal the holder does not meet the qualifications for a Michigan Professional Certificate, a second provisional renewal may be granted upon completion of at least eighteen semester hours on a planned program. When the the majority of coursework is completed through Lake Superior State University, the holder may be recommended for a second, and last, 3-year renewal of the Michigan provisional teaching certificate by LSSU. A $20.00 LSSU processing fee is required with the submission of the hardcopy application, effective January 1, 2004.
FORM F205-C Application for Provisional Certificate Renewal (revised 11feb05)
Additional Endorsement to a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate
The holder of a valid Michigan teaching certificate may add an additional subject matter endorsement or an additional level endorsement by completing a planned program, including success on the state of MI required competency test. A $20.00 LSSU processing fee is required with the submission of the hardcopy application.
FORM F210-D Application for Additional Endorsement
Michigan Professional Education (Teaching) Certificate
The Professional Certificate is the highest level teaching credential issued by the State of Michigan. To qualify, the holder of a Michigan Provisional Certificate must, during the lifetime of that certificate, accumulate at least three years of successful teaching experience in one's certified teaching areas and level, and successfully complete at least 18 semester hours of coursework on a planned program. When the majority of that coursework is completed through Lake Superior State University, and the holder has met Michigan's reading requirement (6 semester hours for holder's of the elementary certificate or 3 semester hours for holders of the secondary certificate), and all other qualifying conditions are met, LSSU may recommend the holder for this Professional Certificate. A $20.00 LSSU processing fee is required with the submission of the hardcopy application, effective January 1, 2004. Effective July 1, 2009 all candidates for the initial professional certificate must demonstrate satisfactory completion of an advanced reading course. At LSSU, only EDUC624 has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education to satisfy this requirement.
FORM F215-C Application for Michigan Professional Certification
Experience Report for Michigan Professional Certificate (updated July 2012)
Recommendation from Lake Superior State University for any type of teaching certificate and/or endorsement requires enrollment as an undergraduate, continuing education or graduate student of Lake Superior State University, completion of an approved planned program (see below), with the majority of coursework completed through Lake Superior State University, and the submission of a completed application for the appropriate teaching certificate and/or additional endorsement.
Renewal of Professional Certification, and Out-Of-State Teaching Certificates
For renewal of the Michigan Professional Certificate, and for persons completing their planned programs at out-of-state institutions of higher education that qualify them for certification, individuals should contact the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services, directly for information on obtaining Michigan teacher certification. Follow the link for "Advanced Certificate Renewal Application"
Various planned program options are available through Lake Superior State University for holders of a Michigan teaching certificate. A planned program is intended to construct a unified plan aimed at providing the certification candidate with both additional background and depth of understanding in a field of study or inquiry that will enhance her/his previous teacher preparation training and continue his/her professional development as an educator.
- A Master's degree program is a planned program. The Master's degree is planned with an assigned faculty advisor after admission to the specific Master's degree program.
- An endorsement program is a planned program that prepares one to teach a new major or minor subject area or prepares one in a specialty area such as early childhood education, literacy instruction or guidance and counseling. An endorsement program is planned with the approval of a faculty member in the specialty department and/or with the approval of a teacher certification advisor. In addition to completion of the coursework required for the additional endorsement, success on the state of MI required competency test in the new subject or specialty area is required for certification.
- An individual planned program is prepared in consultation with the School of Education and an advisor in the certificate holder's disciplinary subject major or minor area of teaching. Generally, courses which meet all of the following conditions may be applied to a planned program:
- Courses in your teaching major or minor fields or in education that extend your learning and,
- Courses at the 300 or above level, and
- Courses taken, with LSSU approval, through an accredited four year teacher preparation institution and appear on the official transcript of the institution, and
- Courses that are not taken on a correspondence basis
- Courses that are not part of the initial teacher certification program (i.e. TE 150 through 604).
Photo by John Shibley, Fall 2006 Student Teaching Interns prepare to go to their classes