MI Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions


Michigan Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions


To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.

Follow the steps below to prepare your application for Michigan certification. 

Step 1. Before you can apply for certification in Michigan, you must possess a valid certificate of course completion for First Aid training that includes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for both children and adults.  This training may be from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or from a comparable organization approved by the Michigan Department of Education.  A PDF document outlining which programs are approved is available by the MI DOE is available at this link. For more information, see the overview of this process. 

Step 2: You will apply for your credential online using the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). 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 Educator Certificate or Renewal" on the left column. Completely fill out the application.  WGU is located in the state of Utah.  

Step 3: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. 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. Masters students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their Masters program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.

Step 4: 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.

**Note for Special Education licensure candidates: After you apply for a license in the MOECS online system, Michigan will send you a document for the Certification Officer to complete. Complete your information as required and send the form to Licensure@wgu.edu and the Certification Officer will complete and return it to you. Be sure to include the following information. Identify the number of students (if any) in each of the categories that were in your student teaching/practicum classroom. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Physical or Other Health Impairments

Step 5: 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 6: Once you receive all your transcripts, compile all your application documents into one packet:

1. Cover Letter, generated from the MOECS
2. Official transcripts,
3. Score report documenting passing scores on the required MTTC exams,
4. A copy of valid certificate(s) of completion for first aid training and child and adult CPR training
5. Letter of recommendation from WGU. 

Step 7: Mail all of this information in one package to:


Michigan Department of Education
Office of Professional Preparation Services
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909.

Step 8: 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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