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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 12, 2018
 
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Michigan Professional Certification


Candidates for Michigan Professional Certification must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Hold a Michigan Provisional Certificate
  2. Teach successfully for three years after the issuance of the provisional certificate and according to its validity
  3. Show evidence of coursework in reading methods: six semester credits for elementary, three for secondary. (In Michigan, if provisional certificate was issued after 1983, requirement is met in the initial provisional program.)
  4. Complete an approved state-required course (reading diagnostic) in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction, including field experiences, as part of the professional certificate requirement.
  5. Complete requirements from the professional development/coursework requirement options. Candidates should contact the College of Education Certification Administrator or visit the College of Education certification website at www.gvsu.edu/coe/professional for requirements.

If necessary, the provisional certificate may be renewed for a three-year period. Additional information is available at the College of Education website at www.gvsu.edu/coe/renewals/.

Renewal of Professional Certificate


The Michigan Professional Certificate must be renewed every five years. Additional information is available on the College of Education website at www.gvsu.edu/coe/professional/.

Students applying for professional certificate renewal must have an MEIS account and initiate the application process by self-registering online in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). For instructions on how to create your MEIS account and apply for your renewal, go to www.michigan.gov/moecs.

Applying for Certification and Endorsements


Students applying for educator certificate must have an MEIS account and initiate the application process by self-registering online in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). For instructions on how to create your MEIS account and apply for your initial Standard Teaching Certificate, Professional Teaching Certificate, Administrative Certificate, renewals, or additional endorsements go to www.michigan.gov/moecs.

Candidates should apply for certificate and/or endorsement(s) at the beginning of the semester in which they expect to complete all requirements. They should also be certain that they have an approved planned program and have met all university requirements for certification. Upon completion of program requirements, candidates must initiate the process online through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). For instructions on how to create an MEIS account and apply for additional endorsements or licensure, go to www.michigan.gov/moecs.

Planned Program Options for Professional Certification


It is recommended that candidates who select credit hours for professional development meet with an advisor in the College of Education to select appropriate course(s).

Option 1. Master's Degree


Earning a master’s degree from an approved teacher education institution with quality graduate education programs will enhance teacher skills at various levels. It is recommended that students meet with an appropriate College of Education advisor to select a planned program that meets their needs.

See Graduate Programs in Education   section in catalog for more information.

Option 2. Additional Major or Minor


The applicant may earn additional endorsements consisting of at least 20 hours within the College of Education or with approved subject area majors or minors: www.gvsu.edu/clasadvising/. For graduate endorsements, program advisors must approve all additional endorsements. Applicants adding additional subject area endorsements and endorsements at the graduate level must also pass Michigan subject area tests (MTTC).

Option 3. Additional Certificate Level


This option is available for candidates who wish to become certified at a level other than that of their original certificate (example: a secondary teacher who wants to become elementary certified).

Candidates may select from:

  1. Early childhood endorsement  
  2. Elementary endorsement  
  3. Secondary endorsement  

Option 4. Professional Development


Candidates selecting credit hours for their professional certificate may select one of the above options in an approved planned program with a College of Education advisor or choose courses in subject matter related to the applicant’s teaching grade level and content endorsement.

Reading Diagnostics Requirement


Effective July 1, 2009, candidates for the Michigan Professional Certificate to are required to complete a course in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. At Grand Valley State University, this requirement can be met with the following courses (choose one):

Note: The reading diagnostics requirement mentioned above for progression to the Professional Teaching Certificate is different than the reading methods requirement for the Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate. 

Reading Methods Requirement:


If you completed an initial teaching certificate at a Michigan Institution of Higher Education after 1985, your coursework likely already meets the reading methods requirement.

If you completed your initial teaching certificate out of state, please verify that the reading methods requirement has been met by your previous coursework with the GVSU Teacher Certification Officer in the College of Education Student Information and Services Center.

Completion of the reading methods and the reading diagnostics requirements are necessary to obtain a Professional Teaching Certificate.

Please note: All certification requirements are subject to change by the Michigan Department of Education.

 


Please note: All certification requirements are subject to change by the Michigan Department of Education.