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Accelerated Teacher Certification in Michigan

The accelerated pathways to achieve teacher certification allow one to start working as a teacher faster than the traditional pathway. Read further to learn about how to utilize this pathway to start work as fast as possible.

Overview of Accelerated Teacher Certification in Michigan

Michigan has several pathways to achieve teacher certification, including traditional, alternative, accelerated, and career and development routes. There are two accelerated pathways in particular: the accelerated and the accelerated residency. Learn more about these programs as well as general requirements and career information for teachers in Michigan.

Education Required Bachelor's degree, teacher preparation program
Exam Requirement Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)
Certification Period Five years
Renewal Requirements 150 hours of professional learning
Average Michigan Teacher Salary (May 2018) $66,180 (elementary), $64,540 (middle), $62,950 (high school)*
Job Growth (2016-2026) 7-8% (elementary through high school teachers, nationwide)*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Traditional Teacher Certification

Aspiring teachers in Michigan have to prove they are capable of and qualified to teach students before they can receive their teacher certification. Following the traditional route to licensure, they are required to complete a bachelor's degree program with an approved teacher preparation program, complete a required reading course, pass a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course, and pass the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification exams. Typically students major in education or the area they wish to teach and complete student teaching hours as part of the teacher preparation program.

Accelerated Pathway Certification

With the accelerated pathway potential teachers already have a bachelor's degree. They then enroll in an accelerated teaching program through a Michigan college. These programs have the required reading coursework as part of the program and prepare students to pass the necessary Michigan Test for Teacher Certification content examinations. Students will need to complete the first aid and CPR training requirement and then apply for their Michigan teaching license.

Accelerated Residency Pathway Certification

The accelerated residency pathway is intended for those who wish to work as teachers while simultaneously earning their certification. They must already hold a bachelor's degree and expertise in a specific field. While one is teaching they will also attend an accelerated teaching program through a Michigan college. The required reading coursework is also included as part of the program. Before certification one will need to pass the necessary Michigan Test for Teacher Certification content examinations as well as a first aid/CPR course.

Certification Fees

Regardless of which pathway a prospective teacher follows, the fees for a Standard Teaching Certificate remain the same. The initial application fee is $160. Additional endorsements are an additional $50 each. Renewal is $100. All fees are non- refundable. Certifications must be renewed every five years.

Other Certification Pathways

As mentioned previously, Michigan has five ways to seek licensure from the traditional and accelerated routes to the alternative and career and technical routes. The alternative pathway allows one to work as a teacher under an Interim Teaching Certificate while earning their Standard Teaching Certification. The career and technical education pathway varies depending on the subject one will teach. The state of Michigan maintains a list of approved preparation programs and providers.