SEHS Advising Office

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4182
fax: (248) 370-4245
edadvise@oakland.edu

EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3242
certification@oakland.edu

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Educator Certification

EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

The Educator Certification Office offers guidance for initial certification program completers applying for their Michigan Standard teaching certificate, teachers renewing a certificate, as well as those adding teaching endorsements or Administrative or Leadership certification. Information regarding these options can be found in the links or tabs below.

Highlights regarding Educator Certification:

Please contact the Certification Office at certification@oakland.edu with questions or to schedule an appointment.

If you are interested in completing a teacher certification program, visit Oakland Teacher Education for details!

Initial Certification

Successful completers of an Oakland University initial certification program and all certification requirements will complete two applications as part of the certification process:

  1. Recommendation for Initial Certification - Program completers submit this request online. If you have difficulties accessing this form, log into your Oakland email or SAIL before clicking the link.
  2. Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate application - This application for state licensure is submitted directly to the Michigan Department of Education through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). Follow the instructions in Applying for a Standard Teaching Certificate to complete this process.

Students may submit the applications online after all final course/internship grades have posted in SAIL. Certification audits will begin once both applications have been submitted and undergraduate degrees have been awarded.

The Certification Office will contact students via Oakland email if there are questions during the audit, so check your email often! Once the certification audit is complete and you have been recommended for certification, MOECS will send an email prompting you to pay the application fee online. After MOECS processes the payment, you can print your new teaching certificate from within MOECS. New educators will want to have the certificate notarized as soon as possible.

You can check school district web sites or the local county school employment networks for job postings:

Your initial teaching certificate is valid for 5 years and will expire on June 30 of the 5th year. To continue teaching, you will need to complete professional learning requirements to renew your Standard Certificate - see the Standard Renewal section on this webpage.

Please note, the requirements for renewing your certificate are subject to change by the Michigan Department of Education, so please check this page or the MDE website often.


Michigan
Certification
Michigan Certification and Endorsements

Applicants for teacher or administrative certification and additional endorsements (including Teacher Leader designation) should be aware that a conviction for a felony or misdemeanor may constitute grounds for denial by the State of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) certifies applicants to teach in the State of Michigan. Neither successful completion of an approved Oakland University education-related program, nor Oakland University’s recommendation to the MDE guarantees that the the Michigan Department of Education will certify or endorse applicants.

The Michigan Department of Education, and authorized departments and agencies representing other states, may deny certification to an applicant, or suspend or terminate the certification of a certified educator, based upon their criminal record. The criminal record is generally verified through a fingerprint search response conducted by the Michigan State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A criminal record includes arrests, arraignments, and convictions for any crime, misdemeanor or felony. Visit the MDE website to view the enumerated or listed offenses that may prohibit certification in Michigan.

Questions regarding the MDE’s professional practices, criminal convictions or school safety laws should be directed to the Michigan Department of Education.  Applicants seeking certification in another state should contact that state’s department of education or the appropriate agency or representative.

A criminal record may also prohibit an applicant/student from being placed as an intern or in a field placement in a school or school district. Failure to complete all requirements of an Oakland University education-related program, including without limitation the successful completion of an internship assignment or a field placement per state and program requirements, will prohibit the applicant/student from graduating with a degree certified by Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services, and perhaps from another Oakland University college or school.

Adding
Endorsements
Post-Bachelor Endorsement Options

Elementary Endorsements

The Certification Office advises teachers adding undergraduate-level Elementary, Integrated Science, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Early Childhood endorsements to their Elementary teaching certificates. As these programs are being phased out to align with Michigan's new Teacher Certification Structure, please contact the Certification Office with any questions you may have.

Secondary Endorsements

The Certification Office works with faculty advisers to evaluate the transcripts for teachers who want to add a secondary endorsement based on undergraduate-level courses to their teaching certificate. Secondary and K-12 endorsements and faculty adviser information, are listed under Option 1: Education-related planned programs. The faculty advisers or Certification Office can answer any questions you may have regarding the endorsement programs.

Adding a Post-Bachelor Endorsement to a Teaching Certificate
  1. Contact the Certification Office or program coordinator indicated on the planned program list for a transcript evaluation and customized endorsement plan.
  2. Apply for admittance as a post-bachelor student adding a teaching endorsement.
    • Visit the Post-Undergraduate Admissions page.
    • Click on “Apply Now”.
    • Log in or set up an Admissions account Login ID and PIN.
    • Click on "Start New Application" and select the term you are applying for.
    • Complete your account profile and academic history.
    • In the Academic Plans section, under Student Type, please select “Teacher Certification – Additional Endorsement - I wish to obtain an additional endorsement to teacher certificate”.
    • Complete all applicable sections of the application. Once final, you will sign the form electronically and submit.

    To check the status of your application, log into the online application system or contact Undergraduate Admissions. Once admitted, you will receive instructions regarding how to activate your NetID and register for classes using SAIL.

    NOTE: Students admitted to OU under this status are not eligible to qualify for Financial Aid.

  3. Once admitted, you must successfully complete all requirements indicated on the endorsement plan including,
    • Endorsement coursework (including prerequisites and field experiences) required for the endorsement, and maintain the minimum cumulative GPA for all subject area and professional education coursework.
    • Pass the corresponding MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) and have the official score reported to Oakland. Note: MTTC scores are valid for five years.
    • Pass the associated OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) - World Language endorsements only.
    • If credits from another institution are accepted towards the endorsement, an official transcript is required before recommendation for the endorsement. Official transcripts can be mailed/emailed to:

      Educator Certification
      363 Pawley Hall
      456 Pioneer Drive
      Rochester, MI 48309-4401
      certification@oakland.edu

  4. Once you have completed all requirements and final grades have been posted,
    • Apply for the new endorsement in MOECS.
    • Submit a request for Recommendation for Additional Endorsement, as this begins the audit process.
    • Applications will typically be processed within 2-6 weeks from the date the application and all documentation are received - this timeline is dependent upon the number of applications in queue for audit at the time.
    • MOECS will send an email prompting you to pay the state fee once your application has been approved. You can also log into MOECS and check the status of your application.
    • Once MDE processes your payment, you can print your new certificate from within MOECS.

Graduate-Level Endorsement Options

Program Coordinators and Faculty Advisers advise for the graduate-level endorsement, certificate, and degree programs. Graduate-level programs and adviser information are listed under Options 2-4: Education-related planned programs.

After consulting with the Program Coordinator or Faculty Adviser and receiving a personalized program plan, students who want to complete a graduate-level endorsement program will apply for admittance on the Graduate Education webpage.

Once admitted, students will follow the program plan provided by their adviser and complete the following

  • Successfully complete all coursework (including prerequisites) required for the endorsement and maintain the minimum cumulative GPA for all subject areas and professional education coursework.
  • Pass the corresponding MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) and have the official score reported to Oakland. MTTC scores are valid for five years.

Once all requirements are complete and final grades/degrees have been posted

  • Apply for the new endorsement in MOECS.
  • Submit a request for Recommendation for Additional Endorsement, as this begins the official audit process.
  • Applications will typically be processed within 2-6 weeks from the date the application and all documentation are received - this timeline is dependent upon the number of applications in queue for audit at the time.
  • MOECS will send an email prompting you to pay the state fee once your application has been approved. You can also log into MOECS and check the status of your application.
  • Once MDE processes your payment, you can print your new certificate from within MOECS.
Current tuition rates are available on the Student Financial Services page under the tuition and costs tab.
Students that have questions regarding financial aid should visit Student Financial Services.

MDE Guidance: Adding an Endorsement to a Teaching Certificate
Certificate
Renewal
Standard Certificate Renewal

The Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate replaces the Provisional Certificate. The Standard Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year. You can find the current Michigan Standard Certificate renewal requirements on the Michigan Department of Education Certification Guidance page under Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal.

To renew your certificate using credits earned as part of an education-related planned course of study, consult Oakland’s education-related planned program options to review the master's degree, endorsement and education credit choices. Reach out to the adviser listed with questions about the program.

To renew your certificate by completing 6 credits related to your current certificate and endorsements, use the Dynamic Schedule tool to find courses. The filters allow you search by subject area, credits, and at times that work with your schedule. Click on each course name for more information, including any prerequisites. You can complete post-bachelor courses (numbered 4999 and below) or graduate courses (numbered 5000 and above) towards your renewal.

Post-Bachelor Renewal Credits

To complete education-related renewal credits by completing undergraduate-level courses, follow these steps to create an account and apply for admittance as a post-bachelor student adding a teaching endorsement:

  • Visit the Post-Undergraduate Admissions page.
  • Click on “Apply Now”.
  • Log in or set up an Admissions account Login ID and PIN.
  • Click on "Start New Application" and select the term you are applying for.
  • Complete your account profile and previous college information.
  • In the Academic Plans section, under Student Type, please select “Teacher Certification – Additional Endorsement - I wish to obtain an additional endorsement to teacher certificate”.
  • Complete all applicable sections of the application. Once final, you will sign the form electronically and submit.

Log into the online application system or contact Undergraduate Admissions to check the status of your application. Once admitted, you will receive instructions regarding how to activate your NetID and register for classes using SAIL.

Once your courses are complete and final grades have been awarded, enter your professional learning credit information into MOECS. You will apply in MOECS to renew your teaching certificate after January 1st of the year that your certificate expires.

Graduate Renewal Credits

If you are not a current Oakland Graduate student, follow these steps to apply for admittance as a graduate professional development student and complete graduate-level credits towards your renewal:

  1. Go to the non-degree seeking graduate student application.
  2. Read through the instructions and click on “Online application for admission”.
  3. Log in or set up an Admissions account Login ID and PIN.
  4. Click on "Start New Application".
  5. Under application type, select “Non-Degree (Prof Dev-ASAP) Application”.
  6. Click on "Open Application".
  7. Under Academic Plans, select “Professional Development”. Then select your Anticipated Entry Term and select "Education" for Program Area of Interest.
  8. The system will let you know if you must provide official or unofficial transcripts.
  9. Complete all sections and submit your application.

You can find information regarding your application and admission status by logging into the online application system. Helpful facts and FAQs can be found at the Graduate School webpage.

Once admitted, you will receive instructions on how to activate your ID and register for classes using SAIL.

NOTE: Students admitted as post-bachelor students adding an endorsement and graduate professional development students do not qualify for Financial Aid.

Once your courses are complete and final grades have been awarded, enter your professional learning credit information into MOECS. You will apply in MOECS to renew your teaching certificate after January 1st of the year that your certificate expires.

Looking for suggestions? Review the List of Graduate Professional Development Courses for Educators.

NOTE: Credentialed School Counselors should be aware that specific professional development is required for renewals - see the School Counselor License (SCL) renewal guidance on the Michigan Department of Education School Counselor Renewal page.

Professional
Certificate
Progressing to the Professional Teaching Certificate

The Professional Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity.

Teachers have the option to progress to Professional Teaching Certificate (as it is no longer required by the state). If you are currently teaching, please make this decision in consultation with your district. You can find the current requirements to progress to Professional Certification on the Michigan Department of Education Certification Guidance page under Progressing to Professional Teaching Certificate.

Reading Methods Requirement

Oakland University initial teacher preparation program completers satisfied the Reading methods requirement with:

  • RDG 331/3231, 333/3233 and 414/4214 or RDG 502/5202 and 503/5203 in OU’s Elementary Education teacher certification programs, or
  • RDG 338/4238 or 538/5558 in OU’s Secondary Education teacher certification programs
Reading Diagnosis/Remediation Requirement

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requires anyone applying for a Professional Teaching Certificate to complete an approved course or series of courses in the diagnosis and remediation of Reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. The approved course(s) must be a minimum of 3 semester credit hours and include a field experience: MDE’s current list of approved reading diagnostics courses.

You have already satisfied this Reading Diagnosis/Remediation requirement if:

  1. You earned a 2.8 grade minimum in RDG 331/3231, RDG 333/3233 and 414/4214 in fall 2007 or after as a student in Oakland University’s Elementary Education teacher certification program,
  2. You successfully completed RDG 500/5520, 632/6962 and 633/6963 as a student in OU’s MAT in Reading and Language Arts,
  3. You completed an approved Reading (BT) or Reading Specialist (BR) program since 2002 at a Michigan Educator Preparation Institution,
  4. You successfully completed one of the following Oakland University Reading Recovery courses - RDG 539/5439, RDG 559/5449 or RDG 569/5459,
  5. You successfully passed a course from MDE’s current list of approved reading diagnostics courses at a Michigan Educator Preparation Institution, or
  6. You successfully completed RDG 510 or RDG 5210 at OU.

If you have not completed the required diagnosis and remediation coursework listed above, you are advised to take RDG 5210: Inquiry-Based Literacy Instruction. RDG 5210 is typically offered as a three or four credit course at Oakland - both courses satisfy the state requirements. You can find course offerings by semester in the Dynamic Schedule.

You must have a final grade in the required coursework before applying for the Professional Teaching Certificate, as MOECS typically will require an official transcript as part of the application process.

Current graduate students at OU may register for RDG 5210 using SAIL. If you are not a current graduate student at OU and want to take RDG 5210, follow these steps to apply to OU:

    1. Go to the non-degree seeking graduate student application.
    2. Read through the instructions and click on “Online application for admission”.
    3. Log in or set up an Admissions account Login ID and PIN.
    4. Click on "Start New Application".
    5. Under application type, select “Non-Degree (Prof Dev-ASAP) Application”.
    6. Click on "Open Application".
    7. Under Academic Plans, select “Professional Development”. Then select your Anticipated Entry Term and select "Education" for Program Area of Interest.
    8. The system will let you know if you must provide official or unofficial transcripts.
    9. Complete all sections and submit your application.

You can find information regarding your application and admission status by logging into the online application system. Once admitted, you will receive instructions on how to activate your ID and register for classes using SAIL. Helpful facts and FAQs can be found at the Graduate School webpage.

Once you have completed the requirements for Professional Teaching Certificate, log into MOECS and apply for your new certificate.

Administrative
and Leadership
Programs
School Administrator, Central Office and Leadership

Oakland University offers the following Administrative Certificate programs:

Building-Level Principal, which leads to the ES Administrative Certificate

Central Office Administration, which leads to the CO Administrative Certificate

Oakland University also offers a Teacher Leader program:

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (M.Ed.) leads to the TL designation, which is included in the requirements to progress to the Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate. You must add the TL designation to your teaching certificate via MOECS before applying for your Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate.

Adding an Administrative or Central Office Certificate, or Teacher Leader designation requires you to:

  1. Contact the program coordinator listed in the program links above to discuss program benefits and requirements, and how to join a cohort
  2. Once you have completed all program or endorsement requirements and final grades/degrees have been awarded, you may apply for your new certificate in MOECS
  3. To be eligible for recommendation, you must also submit a request for Recommendation for Administrative Certification, as this begins the audit process
  4. Applications will typically be processed within 2-6 weeks from the date the application and all documentation are received
  5. MOECS will send an email prompting you to pay the application fee once your application has been approved. Once MDE processes your payment, you can print your new certificate from within MOECS

If your program results in a university issued degree or certificate, you will also apply to Oakland for your degree or certificate to be awarded. Please contact Graduate Education or the Department of Organizational Leadership should you have questions regarding this process.

MDE Guidance: School Administrator Certificate and Renewals
Out of
State Program
Verification
Out of State Program Verification

Email completed forms (do not include full social security number) to the Certification Office along with basic information, including:

  • Name while attending Oakland
  • Last 4 digits of your Grizzly/Student ID or year of birth
  • Type of education program - Elementary, Secondary, K-12, Master's, Administrative, or endorsement
  • Name of degree and date awarded
  • Endorsements earned
  • Submittal instructions
  • Information regarding student teaching/internship/practicum (if required)

The program verification form will be completed as quickly as possible and submitted to the district or Department of Education, or returned to you based on the instructions included in your email.