MI Adding an Endorsement to a Teaching Certificate

Adding an Endorsement to a Michigan Teaching Certificate

The information in this article applies to students enrolled in specific WGU endorsement programs. General information for adding endorsements in subject areas that are not offered at WGU can be found in the Michigan Teacher Certification Rules (R 390.1129).




WGU Program


How to Add an Additional Endorsement


All Endorsement Programs


Certified Michigan educators can apply for additional teaching endorsements by completing a teacher preparation endorsement program, with least 20 semester credits, and passing the applicable MTTC subject matter examination. Endorsement programs completed through a teacher preparation college or university outside Michigan, like WGU, must be evaluated by OPPS staff as an additional endorsement request. See the Application Instructions Below.

Note: The requirements to add an endorsement in Michigan are the same, whether you are adding an endorsement at a new grade level (Elementary to Secondary) or the same grade level (Secondary to Secondary).



Those who have completed a WGU endorsement preparation program and would like that endorsement added to their current Michigan teaching certificate must follow the application instructions below. The Certification Officer cannot recommend you for an additional endorsement until you have graduated and WGU has copies of all required state pedagogy and content exam scores.

Step 1: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college where you completed coursework applicable to the endorsement sought. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet

Step 2: You will apply for your credential online using the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). If needed, create a new account by clicking on the link under the log-in box.  After you have created your account and logged in, you can apply for a teaching certificate by clicking on "Apply for an Additional Endorsement" on the left column. Completely fill out the application.  WGU is located in the state of Utah.  

Step 3: Write to licensure@wgu.edu and request that the WGU Certification Officer send you a letter of recommendation for certification on university letterhead. Confirm your mailing address in this email. The Certification Officer will mail the letter back to you in a university-sealed envelope for inclusion in your application packet.If you have not already reported your exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer before the recommendation can be completed. Special Education students must be sure to request that the letter verify the completion of the requisite 6 units of learning disabilities coursework.

Step 4: Generate a cover letter.  When you are logged into your account, click on the "Home" screen in the left column. Then click on the application ID # (usually five digits). On this screen, click on the "Generate Cover Letter" link.

Step 5: Send transcript(s), cover letter, WGU letter, and a copy of your score report documenting passing scores on the required MTTC exam to

Michigan Department of Education
Office of Professional Preparation Services
P.O. Box30008
Lansing, MI 48909

Step 6: Pay your fee through the MOECS.  On the home screen, you will see a "pay fee" link to the right of your application information.



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