SEHS Advising Office

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(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

In November 2017, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) revised the teacher certification administrative rules. You can view the revised Certification Rules on the Michigan Department of Education website: Updated Certification Rules.

One of the primary changes: An initial teaching certificate is now called a Standard Teaching Certificate, and will be valid for 5 years. Standard Teaching Certificates can be renewed an unlimited number of times for 5 year periods through completion of MDE approved education-related professional learning. Beginning July 1, 2018, progression to the Professional Teaching Certificate includes an Educator Effectiveness rating requirement - see the Professional Certificate tab for more information.

Please note that all renewals and applications for the Professional and Advanced Professional certificates are processed exclusively through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System.


Initial Certification Process

Graduates from an Oakland University initial certification program, which includes successful student teaching and passage of related licensure exams, will complete two applications as part of the certification process.

  1. Recommendation for Initial Certification - Program completers submit this request online once final grades have posted, as this begins the Oakland University certification audit process. If you have difficulties accessing this form, make sure you log into your Oakland email or SAIL before clicking the link.
  2. Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate application - This application is submitted directly to the Michigan Department of Education through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)

You may submit your MOECS application online once the following are complete:

  • All coursework/internship requirements
  • All final course grades posted in SAIL
  • Any financial holds on student account have been cleared
  • Official passing MTTC scores received
  • OU Request for Recommendation for Initial Certification has been submitted online

Once both applications have been submitted and undergraduate degrees have been awarded, we can begin the certification audit. To complete your audit, we must have on file:


Applying for a New Standard Certificate Using MOECS
  1. Create a Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) account
    If you have not  done so already, you must create a new MEIS account. Use a personal email address when creating the MEIS and MOECS accounts. At the end of the process, MEIS will provide a user ID, password and account number that will be used to log into the MOECS system.
  2. Register with MOECS
    Once you have established a MEIS ID, visit the MOECS login page. Sign in with your MEIS user ID and password and follow the steps to register with MOECS. You will be asked to provide your MEIS account number.
  3. Apply for your new certificate in MOECS
    Enter your demographic information into MOECS. Review all questions carefully before answering. If you have questions regarding the conviction section, please refer to the MDE guidance documents: Convictions - Enumerated Offenses. Court documents should be emailed or faxed along with a signed statement of explanation to the Certification Office at certification@oakland.edu or 248-370-4245, as we must forward the documents to MDE at the time of recommendation for certification. Accepted types of documentation include Register of Action, Judgment of Sentence, Certificate of Conviction, or copy of the court docket. The court documentation must show resolution of the issue.
    After the MOECS information is saved, select the link in the left navigation panel that pertains to applying for an educator certificate and follow the steps to apply. If you completed the Elementary Education program, you will apply for a Standard Elementary Education certificate. If you completed the Secondary or K-12 Education program, you will apply for a Standard Secondary Education certificate. Be certain to add any endorsements that you have completed and identify Oakland University as the preparing institution. Once all sections are complete, review the information for accuracy and submit.
  4. Await review and approval
    Your application will be put in Oakland’s queue for review and approval. Undergraduate student applications for certification cannot be approved until degrees have been awarded. During peak times, this may take up to 6-8 weeks. If you submitted court documents related to any felony/misdemeanors, your application will undergo an additional review by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
  5. Pay MDE’s fee online
    MOECS will send an email prompting you to pay the application fee once your application has been approved. You can also check the status of your application by logging into MOECS. Once your application has been approved, the status will change to "Pending Payment" and a “Pay Fee” link will appear.
  6. Await your new certificate
    As soon as MDE processes your payment, you can print your teaching certificate from within MOECS. Be certain to have your certificate notarized - many local banks, government offices, or insurance agencies offer notary public services.

If you have difficulty with the MEIS or MOECS process, review the MOECS FAQ, refer to MDE's MOECS Training videos, or contact MDE’s Office of Educator Excellence for assistance.

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 the requirements to renew your Standard Certificate or move on to a Professional Teaching Certificate. You can find information regarding both options on this webpage.

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


ENDORSEMENTS AND
RENEWAL CREDITS
Endorsement Options

Post-Bachelor Endorsements

  • The Certification Office evaluates the transcripts of individuals who want to add an  elementary endorsement based on undergraduate-level courses to their Elementary teaching certificate. Elementary endorsements are listed under Option 1 in the Education-related professional learning planned program options.
  • The Certification Office works with Secondary Teacher Education Program Faculty Advisers to evaluate the transcripts of individuals who want to add a secondary endorsement based on undergraduate-level courses to their Secondary teaching certificate. Secondary and K-12 endorsements, as well as faculty adviser information, are listed under Option 1 in the Education-related professional learning planned program options.

Graduate-Level Endorsements

  • School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) Program Coordinators evaluate the transcripts of individuals who want to add a graduate-level endorsement to their teaching certificate. These endorsements, as well as contact information for the program coordinators, are included under Options 2, 3, and 4 in the Education-related professional learning planned program options.

Adding an Endorsement to a Teaching Certificate

  • Contact the Certification Office or program coordinator indicated on the education-related professional learning planned program list for a transcript evaluation and creation of a customized endorsement plan
  • Apply for admittance - refer to the section below or contact certification@oakland.edu should you have questions regarding how to apply under the correct status
  • Complete all necessary prerequisites
  • Pass all coursework required for the endorsement and maintain the minimum cumulative GPA for all major/minor and professional education coursework
  • Pass the corresponding MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) and have the official score reported to Oakland. As a reminder, MTTC scores are valid for five years.
  • Pass the associated OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) - World Languages endorsements only
  • Once you have completed all requirements and final grades have been posted, you may apply for your new endorsement in MOECS
  • To be eligible for recommendation, you must also submit a request for Recommendation for Additional Endorsement, as this begins the audit process
  • Applications will typically be processed within 4-6 weeks from the date the application and all documentation are received
  • 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 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

Applying to Oakland
Post-Bachelor Endorsements and Renewal Credits

To complete requirements to add an additional endorsement or complete continuing education 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:
  1. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions page.
  2. Click on “Apply Now”.
  3. If you already have an Oakland account, use the login at the bottom of the page and skip to Step 9.
  4. If you do not already have an account, select: “I wish to pursue other undergraduate work (second degree, teacher certification, post-bachelor, additional major, etc.)” from the Undergraduate Admissions Section.
  5. Complete your account profile and previous college information.
  6. Select Admission Type: “Teacher Certification – Additional Endorsement”, and “Additional Endorsement for Teaching Certificate - PB” from the Academic Program field.
  7. Select the semester you will begin coursework from the Entry Term menu.
  8. Complete all fields in the form. Finalize by creating an account password and security question, and click “Create Account”.
  9. Select “Start a new Other Undergraduate Application” from the next page and complete the Application for Admission.
  10. Confirm the semester you will begin coursework, and then complete all applicable sections of the application. Once final, you will sign the form electronically and submit.

The application form will not ask for information regarding the endorsement program you plan to complete – you must contact the Certification Office for a transcript review and personalized endorsement plan before beginning any endorsement program.

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.


Graduate Endorsements and Renewal Credits
Students who want to apply for a graduate-level endorsement program should visit Graduate Education

EL 6996 – Current Issues in Education: Leadership & Effective Instruction (6 Credit hours)
This course is designed for teachers and administrators who need to fulfill Professional Certification Renewal or advancement requirements.

Course Highlights:

  • Courses are offered over two semesters (October-April) in two 3-credit modules; both modules are required and are taken in sequence as they comprise the total 6-credit experience.
  • Classes meet one weekday per month from 5-9 p.m. with online connections between face-to-face meetings. Face-to-face classes held in the Bloomfield Hills School district at the Doyle Center (7273 Wing Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills).
  • Course requirements include an assessment analysis/critique of a building or district initiative or program that connects with each participant’s professional role as either teacher or administrator; additional assignments include reviews of current research aligned with school leadership and a comprehensive personal and professional development plan.

For additional information, contact Dr. Christine Abbott at cabbott@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2636.


Students who want to apply to Oakland to enroll in RDG 5210 should follow the steps located on the "Reading Requirements" tab on this page.

Current tuition rates are available at Student Financial Services, under the tuition and costs tab. Students pursuing financial aid eligible programs in need of aid should visit Student Financial Services.

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

The 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.

Renewal Requirements (one of the following):

Education-Related Professional Learning Options:

One of the following must be earned since the issue date of the most recent Standard Teaching Certificate or renewal, and must be entered into MOECS prior to applying for renewal:

Credits in a planned course of study may include credits taken as part of an education-related master’s or higher degree or credits in a program that leads to an endorsement. Consult the education-related professional learning planned program options to review your master's degree, endorsement and education credit choices. See the Adding Credits and Endorsements tab on this page for information regarding applying to Oakland under the correct admit status as well as helpful advising information.

Once you have completed the requirements for Standard Teaching Certificate renewal, go to the MDE - MOECS login page and apply to renew your certificate.

NOTE: Credentialed School Counselors should be aware that specific professional development is required for renewals. For more information go to the "After February 5, 2020" section of the School Counselor License (SCL) renewal document.

MDE Guidance: Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal

Professional
Certificate
Progressing to the Professional Teaching Certificate

The Professional Teaching Certificate is valid for up to 5 years.

You are not required to renew your Standard Certificate before applying for your Professional Teaching Certificate. If you are currently teaching, please make this decision in consultation with your district.

Requirements for Progression to Professional:

  1. Successful Teaching: 3 years of successful teaching since the issue date of the initial Standard Certificate, within the content area and grade level of your certificate. When using substitute teaching to satisfy the work experience requirement, only experience that matches your teaching certificate will count. For example, if you have an Elementary Certificate for K-5 all subjects only, substitute teaching in a middle school or high school classroom will not count toward the requirement.

  2. Reading Methods: 6 semester credit hours of Reading Methods instruction is required for elementary certified teachers. 3 semester credit hours of Reading Methods instruction is required for secondary certified teachers. If you completed your teacher preparation program in Michigan since 1985, you have met this requirement. Refer to the Reading Requirements tab on this page for additional information.

  3. Reading Diagnostics: 3 semester credit hours of Reading Diagnostics and Remediation instruction, including a field experience, is required to progress to Professional certification. Refer to the Reading Requirements tab on this page for additional information.

  4. Education-Related Professional Learning: totaling 150 hours; or an education-related master’s or higher degree earned at any time (even if previously used to renew the Standard Teaching Certificate) from a regionally accredited college or university.

  5. Educator Effectiveness: Effectiveness ratings in accordance with MCL 380.1531j

    a. Consecutive: Effective or highly effective ratings on your annual year-end performance evaluations for the 3 consecutive school years immediately preceding your application for a Professional Teaching Certificate; or

    b. Nonconsecutive: Effective or highly effective ratings on your annual year-end performance evaluation for at least 3 nonconsecutive school years prior to applying for the Professional Teaching Certificate, including:

    1. An Effective Educator Recommendation form completed by the chief school administrator of the school where you are currently employed.

Education-Related Professional Learning Options:

One of the following must be earned since the issue date of the most recent Standard Teaching Certificate or renewal, and must be entered into MOECS prior to applying for renewal:

Credits earned in RDG 510/5210 may count toward the 6 semester credit hours assuming the credits were earned after the issue date of the most recent certificate or renewal.

See the Adding Credits and Endorsements tab on this page for information regarding applying to Oakland under the correct admit status as well as helpful advising information. Once you have completed the requirements for Professional Teaching Certificate, log into MOECS and apply for your new certificate.

NOTE: Credentialed School Counselors should be aware that specific professional development is required for renewals. For more information go to the "After February 5, 2020" section of the School Counselor License (SCL) renewal document.


Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

Renewal of your Professional Teaching Certificate requires one or a combination of the following: 

  • 6 semester hours in a education-related professional learning at an approved Educator Preparation Institution; or
  • 6 semester credit hours appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate earned from a college or university that is regionally accredited by one of the agencies listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation Directory; or
  • 150 Michigan State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate; or
  • 150 hours of Michigan District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate; or
  • Combination of semester credit hours, SCECHs and/or DPPD totaling 150 hours.

The credits and/or SCECHs used to renew your Professional certificate must have been completed after the issuance of your most recent Professional certificate or renewal and must be entered into the MOECS system prior to applying for renewal.

Once you have completed the requirements for Professional Education Certificate renewal, login to MOECS and apply for your new certificate.

NOTE: Credentialed School Counselors should be aware that specific professional development is required for renewals. For more information go to the "After February 5, 2020" section of the School Counselor License (SCL) renewal document.

MDE Guidance: Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

MDE Guidance: Advanced Professional Education Certificate

Reading
Requirements
Reading Methods Requirement

Holders of an Elementary Teaching Certificate applying for a Standard or Professional Teaching Certificate must have completed a minimum of 6 semester credit hours in reading methodology, while holders of a Secondary Teaching Certificate must have completed this requirement with a minimum of 3 semester credit hours. This requirement is typically completed during an initial teacher preparation program. 

OU initial teacher preparation program completers satisfied this 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) has required since July 1, 2009 that anyone applying for a Professional Teaching Certificate complete a minimum of 3 semester credit hours in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction.

You have 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 list of approved reading diagnostics courses at a Michigan Educator Preparation Institution, or
  6. You successfully completed RDG 510/5210 at OU.

If you have not completed the required diagnosis and remediation coursework listed above, you are advised to take RDG 5210. RDG 5210 is typically offered as a three or four credit course each semester at Oakland. 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. Complete your account profile information
  5. Under application type, select “Graduate Non-Degree Seeking”
  6. Under Planned Course of Study, select “Professional Development – Education”, indicating RDG 5210 as the course you plan to take as a Professional Development student
  7. Complete all sections and submit your application
  8. The system will let you know if you must provide official or unofficial transcripts
  9. You can find information regarding your application and admission status by visiting the Graduate Education webpage

To check your admission status, you can log into the online application system. Some helpful facts and FAQs can be found on the Graduate Admissions page.

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

NOTE: Students who are admitted to OU to only take RDG 5210 do not qualify for Financial Aid. Tuition information is available at Student Financial Services tuition and costs.

MDE Guidance: Reading Requirements

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 endorsement in MOECS
  3. To be eligible for recommendation, you must also submit a request for Recommendation for Administrative Certification or Endorsement, as this begins the audit process
  4. Applications will typically be processed within 4-6 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

MDE Guidance: School Administrator Certificate Renewal
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.