Beginning Sept. 1, 2013, the Michigan Department of Education developed a third tier in certification. An applicant can move from the provisional to the professional and then finally to the advanced professional. The third tier is optional and thus an educator may choose to continue to renew their professional certificate instead of obtaining the advanced professional.
Please direct questions related to Advanced Professional Education Certificate to the Office of Professional Preparation Services at the Michigan Department of Education at (517) 373-3310. To apply for an Advanced Professional Education Certificate visit Michigan Online Educator Certification System.
The advanced professional education certificate requires all of the following:
- Holds a professional certificate.
- Holds National Board certification or has completed a teacher leader training or preparation program approved by the superintendent of public instruction.
- Received five consecutive effective or highly effective ratings on the annual teacher evaluation in the most recent five year period.
The certificate is valid for five years and they expire June 30 of the expiration year. The advanced professional certification may be renewed for another five years.
The renewal of the advanced professional education certificate requires:
- Verification of at least five consecutive effective or highly effective annual evaluations ratings.
- One of the following:
- Six credits of academic credit appropriate to their grade/content at any approved college or university.
- 150 clock hours of state continuing education (SCECH's) in approved professional development appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate.
- 150 Annual district provided professional development (DPPD's) completed through professional development programs that are appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate
- Or a combination of clock hours and credits (25 clock hours = 1 credit).
Please be aware that if the educator does not receive five consecutive effective or highly effective annual evaluations they should meet the renewal requirements of the professional certificate, and thus renew their previous professional certificate.