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Teacher and Administrator Certification

Earning a Renewal through the Michigan Department of Education beginning Sept. 1, 2013

Please direct questions related to educator certificate renewal to the Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE): (517) 373-3310.  To apply for a Renewal (or visit their FAQ page) go to the MOECS Login Page.

At the expiration of a Provisional certificate, an applicant who does not qualify for the Professional certificate may apply for a Renewal of their Provisional certificate.

Note Professional Development cannot count toward the renewals.

The renewals are each valid for approximately three years and expire on June 30 of the third year of the calendar year in which it was issued. They do not require teaching experience. There is not a time limit in qualifying for, or subsequently requesting the renewal(s). You should not apply for a renewal until you are assured of a job requiring an active certificate, otherwise the renewal may expire before you can accumulate the three years of successful teaching experience required for the Professional certificate.

MDE Administrative Rules

Provisional Renewal - Rule 390.1129b to renew a provisional certificate or interim occupational certificate, a person shall apply to the superintendent of public instruction and shall verify completion of the renewal requirement as defined under this Rule, within the 3-year period preceding the date of application and after the date of issuance of the previous provisional or interim occupational certificate or renewal.

Professional Certificate - R 390.1132 to obtain a professional education certificate a person shall apply to the superintendent of public instruction and shall verify completion of the requirements as defined under this Rule, within the 5-year period preceding the date of application and after the date of issuance of the provisional or interim occupational certificate or renewal.

Using SCHECH’s to earn a Renewal of the Provisional or Interim Occupational

Recording your SCHECH's into the MDE Secure Central Registry
if you will be using SCECHs to renew your certificate/license in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS), you will need to locate your Personal Identification Code (PIC) number and place it into your record on the Secure Central Registry (SCR) to have your SCECH credits appear in MOECS.

Michigan FACTS document