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Certification Renewal

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When your Michigan Standard Certificate expires, you have three options:

1) Apply for the Standard Renewal

  • This renewal is valid for five years, and then you may apply for subsequent renewals or the Professional Certificate.

2) Apply for the Professional Certificate

  • Requirements to apply beginning July 1, 2018.
  • The three years of teaching experience required for the Professional Certificate must be completed in Michigan and in a school that participates in Michigan’s teacher evaluation process. If you are teaching in another state or country or a non-participating Michigan school, you may renew the Standard Certificate as described in option 1.
  • One additional reading class is required (EDUC 542 at Calvin); check this list of approved reading courses. If you are out-of-state, complete an online course offered by a Michigan institution or locate a course at a university near you that meets the specifications of the law and complete this form after you have applied for the Professional Certificate online.
  • The Professional Certificate is valid for five years, and then you may renew the Professional Certificate.
  • An optional Advanced Professional Certificate is also available for teachers who complete National Board Certification or teacher leader training and receive effective or a highly effective ratings on three out of the five most recent annual Michigan teacher evaluations.

3) Allow the certificate to expire if you are not employed in a position that requires a valid certificate (you can always renew it in the future—you will just need to meet the renewal requirements before you apply).

Helpful Links

Instructions to apply online (for all certificate levels and renewals)

Michigan Educator Certification Status (view your certificate information online)

Michigan’s Certification Guidance Documents (provides answers to frequently asked teacher certification questions)

Recommended programs for certificate renewal:

Renewal outside of Michigan

If you are in another state or country, you may complete online courses or SCECHs through a Michigan institution (as described above) or complete courses at a regionally accredited out-of-state college or university.

Out-of-state courses could be in an education-related master's degree program and/or courses toward a new endorsement subject area.. Professional development hours completed in other states or countries may not be used unless you earned college or university credit.

Contact the certification and assessment coordinator at (616) 526-6208 or

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