Degree or Program Details
These programs require adviser approval. Applicants should meet all admission requirements of a general nature as well as those of the department prior to beginning their studies. The department will review and reassess course work taken under these programs, should the student at a later date wish to change to an MAE degree program.
Teachers certified in states other than Michigan should submit their credentials to the Teacher/Administrator Preparation and Certification Services Section of the State of Michigan Department of Education to be evaluated for a Michigan provisional certificate.
Public Act 339 of 1988 requires the State of Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to collect a certification fee “as a condition of having the application evaluated for conformance with the application requirements.” This fee must be paid to the MDE before a Michigan teaching certificate or endorsement can be issued.
I. Provisional Teacher Certification
A. Admission Requirements
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 or liberal studies credits with a minimum GPA of 2.70.
- Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with minimum scores on each subtest: Reading 174, Mathematics 173, and Writing 173. Individual PPST subtests may be waived for students who have ACT sub-scores of 21 in English and Reading and 20 in Mathematics or SAT subscores of V=450 and M=500.
- Compliance with all teacher selection and retention standards (see the Northern Michigan University Undergraduate Bulletin).
B. Provisional Certification Plan of Study
The School of Education must evaluate all transcripts to ensure the filing of complete and accurate provisional certification plans of study with the certification officer. Such plans must be filed at least sixty (60) days prior to enrolling in the first course. The evaluation will determine the student’s eligibility for admission to a teacher education program, in accord with the current teacher selection and retention standards.
See the current Northern Michigan University Undergraduate Bulletin for rules and regulations regarding teacher education. For specific requirements concerning Michigan teacher certification, contact the Michigan Department of Education.
Note: Occasionally the university finds it difficult, if not impossible, to secure a student teaching placement. The reasons school personnel typically give for rejecting a student include the student’s academic record and/or past overall performance/behavior. Every student should be aware of this possibility during progress toward a provisional certificate in teacher education.
C. Michigan Provisional Certificate Requirements
- Successful completion of the provisional certification plan of study in accordance with the current teacher selection and retention standards, as detailed in the Northern Michigan University Undergraduate Bulletin.
- Completion of required competency tests in basic skills and teaching subject areas.
- Completion of the following forms: a. application for provisional certificate; b. authorization to release information and consent
- Current American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR and first aid certification on file at the School of Education.
The initial Michigan provisional certification is valid for 5-1/4 to 6-1/4 years, depending upon the month of issuance. Certificates expire on June 30 of the appropriate year.
Admission to the provisional certificate program for students who have obtained a baccalaureate degree is administered through the NMU Admissions Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2212, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.
II. Provisional Renewal Certification
- Successful completion of the 9- or 18-hour “Planned Program” (see A and B above) in accordance with the administrative rules governing the certification of Michigan teachers.
- Completion of the following forms (available at the School of Education): a. application for renewal of expired provisional certificate; b. authorization to release information and consent.
- Elementary Endorsement upon a Secondary Certificate. The elementary endorsement extends the secondary certificate to grades K-6 (all subjects K-5, and approved majors and minors only for grade 6 in a non-self-contained classroom). The elementary endorsement requirements vary, dependent on the credits already completed in other programs and the major/minor areas pursued. Courses required are at the undergraduate level. For validity of courses, see the current Undergraduate Bulletin. This endorsement requires more than 18 credits.
- Secondary Endorsement upon an Elementary Certificate. The secondary endorsement extends the elementary certificate to the secondary grade levels (6-12) in the approved teachable major and minor selected by the student. The secondary endorsement requirements vary, dependent on the credits already completed in other programs and the major/minor areas pursued. Courses required are at the undergraduate level. For validity of courses, see the current Undergraduate Bulletin. This endorsement typically requires more than 18 credits.
- Early Childhood Endorsement. The early childhood endorsement (ZA) extends an elementary certificate to the ages of children in preschool and Head Start Programs. As with all Michigan Department of Education programs, the early childhood endorsement requires a minimum of 18 semester hours. It also requires a practicum experience with preschool children, the credit for which cannot count as part of the 18 semester hour requirement.*
- Reading Endorsement. The reading endorsement requires obtaining competencies in the foundations of reading instruction, diagnoses and remediation of reading difficulties, supervising and organizing a school wide program in reading, and in the related area of language art. The reading endorsement requires a minimum of 18 hours.* The program may extend to a master of arts in education degree with the completion of additional prescribed credits.
- K-12 School Guidance Counselor Endorsement. This endorsement on an elementary or a secondary provisional certificate certifies the recipient to work as a school guidance counselor in grades K-12. It requires 31 credits of prescribed courses. The program may extend to a master of arts in education degree with the completion of additional prescribed credits.*
- Major/Minor Plan of Study. A new major or minor upon a valid Michigan certificate will constitute a plan of study with undergraduate credits for professional certification. Although the minimum 18 semester hours will be required, it is likely that adding a major may require more than the minimum 18 semester hours. Another option is to convert a minor on a teaching certificate into a teachable major. An additional MTTC subject area test may be required.
- Learning Disabilities Endorsement. Students may earn this endorsement without completing a master of arts in education degree. Students who do not meet basic competencies in the areas of reading, language arts, mathematics and exceptionalities will have to extend their programs. Interested students are referred to the master of arts in education learning disabilities section of this bulletin for a listing of the required course work.*
- Special Plan. A special plan may be designed with the approval of the certification counselor.
- The 18-Hour Distributed Plan. The 18-hour distributed plan is a plan of study allowing students to complete 18 semester hours of a master of arts in education (elementary or secondary) degree program. The courses are distributed across the areas of a master’s degree program; e.g., Research (0-5 credit hours), Foundations (0-6 credit hours), Cognates (4-8 credit hours), and Area of Concentration (8-12 credit hours).
* To obtain the additional endorsement, one needs to pass the MTTC in the subject area and to file the appropriate application with the NMU School of Education. All endorsements must comply with the teacher selection and retention standards.
C. Initial Michigan Professional Education Certificate Requirements
- Successful completion of the 18-hour plan of study in accordance with the administrative rules governing the certification of Michigan teachers. Credits must be completed after the issuance date on the original Michigan provisional certificate.
- Three years of successful teaching experience completed after the issuance date on an original teaching certificate. Experience must be in subject(s) and grade levels of certification.
- Compliance with the Michigan Department of Education reading requirements, both undergraduate and graduate.
- Completion of the following forms (available from the NMU School of Education): a. application for Michigan professional certificate; b. authorization to release information and consent.
D. Michigan Additional Endorsement Requirements
- Successful completion of the additional endorsement plan of study in accordance with the administrative rules governing the certification of Michigan teachers.
- Successful completion of the Michigan test for teacher certification (MTTC) in the appropriate subject area.
- Completion of the following forms (available from the NMU School of Education): a. application for additional endorsement certification; b. authorization to release information and consent.
- Compliance with current teacher selection and retention standards.
IV. Professional/Personal Development
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