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Teacher Certification
Office of Professional Preparation Services
Office of Professional Preparation
• Information Available on Website:
– Teacher certification reference manual
– Teacher certification verification site
– Applications for certification
– School Safety legislation information
– Highly Qualified information
– Other important certification
Michigan Teacher Certification
• Michigan certificates expire
on June 30th of any given
• Renewals can be applied for
anytime after January 1 of
the year in which it expires
without any loss of validity
Michigan Teacher Certification
• Types of Certificates:
– Provisional (Initial) teaching certificate:
• Valid for up to 6 years
• May be renewed twice (each renewal valid
for approx. 3 years)
– FIRST renewal requires 9 semester credit hours,
since the issuance of the initial certificate, in a
planned program or a master’s degree or higher
earned at any time
– SECOND renewal requires 18 semester credit
Michigan Teacher Certification
Advancement to the Professional Certificate
• 18 semester credits in a planned program since the issuance
of the initial certificate, or a master’s degree (or higher)
earned at any time
• 3 years of satisfactory experience within the validity of the
teaching certificate
• 3-6 credits of reading or reading methods (may be a part of
original teacher prep program)
• NEW 3 semester credit reading diagnostics requirement
(effective July 1, 2009)
Michigan Teaching Certificates
• Certificate types:
– Professional Education (Advanced) Certificate:
• Valid for up to 5 ½ years
• Renewed for an additional 5 years based on meeting
the continuing education requirement (no extensions
are given)
– Completion of 6 semester hours of credit at any 4-year
or community college listed in the Directory of
Michigan Institutions of Higher Education OR at an
approved out-of-state university
– Earned 18 State Board-Continuing Education Units
– Or a combination of semester credits and SB-CEUs
Michigan Teacher Certification
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
– Meets Michigan's definition of a Highly Qualified
teacher under NCLB
– Strengthens teaching practice
– Improves student learning according to a vast
majority of research
– Increases financial opportunities in some Michigan
school districts
– Contributes to SB-CEU/certification renewal
– Michigan certificates match the validity of the
NBPTS certificate (approx. 10 years)
Michigan Teaching Certificates
• Two Levels of Certificates:
– Elementary certificates are valid for any K-5 teaching
assignment. May teach all subjects K-5 and in a selfcontained classroom grades 6-8 all subjects. May teach
a specific subject grades 6-8 ONLY when issued the
appropriate endorsement
• Certain elementary certificates (Permanent and
Continuing), no longer issued but remain valid, may
teach all subjects grades K-8
• An endorsement for grade 9 is also valid for grades
Michigan Teaching Certificates
• Levels Continued:
– Secondary Teaching Certificate:
• Valid for a 6-12 assignment in a subject for which
the appropriate endorsement has been earned
• May only be used to teach subjects for which an
endorsement is earned
NOTE: An out-of-field assignment (no endorsement
earned) is considered out of compliance with
Section 380.1531 of School Code and is subject to
a State Aid penalty as prescribed in Section
388.1763 of the State Aid Act
Michigan Vocational Teaching
• Interim Occupation Authorization:
– The initial vocational certificate:
• Valid for up to 6 years
• Valid only for the vocational teaching assignment
designated on the certificate- may not be used to
teach in a general education assignment unless the
teacher ALSO holds a valid provisional or
professional education certificate
• Must complete the academic requirements and the
appropriate vocational teaching experience to
advance in certification
Michigan Vocational Teaching
• Occupational Education Certificate
– The advanced level vocational certificate:
• Valid for 5 years from the year of issue
• Valid for the vocational area designated on the
certificate. May not be used to teach a comparable
general education class without a valid
provisional/professional education certificate
• Must meet the continuing education requirement for
advanced certificate renewal
Michigan Vocational Teaching
Annual Occupational Authorization:
1. A one year employment permit for persons
who will be teaching state-approved career &
tech ed programs in grades 9-12
2. Must be able to demonstrate recent and
relevant work experience in the vocational
area (requires 4000 hours of experience)
3. Valid to teach only in the area designated
4. May be renewed yearly by posting and
Michigan Vocational Teaching
• Annual Authorizations Credit Track
The requirement for posting and
advertising may be waived if a person is
on a “credit track” working towards
vocational certification. The candidate
can be on the credit track for a maximum
of eight consecutive years provided the
teacher continuously completes at least
once credit each year towards vocational
certification at an approved teacher
education institution.
Michigan Teaching Certificates
• Other valid types of certificates:
– Life
– Permanent
– Continuing Education (both 18 HR & 30 HR)
– Temporary Vocational Authorization
– Full Vocational
• Also issue a School Counselor License
Michigan School Counselor
• School Counselor Endorsement:
– The endorsement (NT) is displayed on a valid
provisional or professional education certificate
– Teaching certificate must be renewed by meeting the
continuing education requirements
– The counselor with an endorsement may attain tenure
as a counselor by successfully completing a
probationary period (4 years) beginning with the 20052006 school year OR if they were eligible for the tenure
prior to P.A. 288 (July 10, 2000)
– Tenure is not portable between districts, but the
probationary period is reduced to two years
Michigan School Counselor
• Preliminary Employment Authorization:
– Issued to a candidate for an endorsement or licensure
• Valid for 3 years from the date of issuance and is
• Must be presently enrolled and making progress
toward completion of program
• Completed at least 30 semester hours in the
• Recommended by the sponsoring institution
Michigan School Counselor
• School Counselor License:
– Does not possess a teaching certificate
• Completed the school counselor preparation
program at an approved institution
• Completed an approved program outside of the
state of Michigan
• May be renewed every 5 years by completing the
continuing education requirement
• May not attain tenure in the district
School Counselor Preparation
• There are 12 Michigan institutions of higher education
that have been approved to offer a school counselor
preparation program:
– Andrews University
Central Michigan
– Eastern Michigan
Grand Valley State
– Michigan State
Northern Michigan
– Oakland University
Siena Heights
– Spring Arbor
U of Detroit-Mercy
– Wayne State
Western Michigan
Michigan School Psychologists
• Preliminary School Psychologist Certificate:
– Valid for 3 years during which time the school
psychologist must complete a specialist degree
from an approved school psychologist program or
an additional 15 semester hours beyond the
master’s and a supervised internship under the
direction of a Michigan School Psychologist.
– The certificate may be renewed once for an
additional 3 years upon the completion of 6
semester credits of appropriate coursework.
Michigan School Psychologist
• School Psychologist Certificate:
– Valid for 5 years and may be renewed upon
completion of the continuing education
requirement (6 semester credits or 18
SB-CEUs in an area appropriate for role
as a school psychologist)
– May not attain tenure as a school
Michigan School Psychologist
• Out-of-state applicants may apply for a Michigan School
Psychologist certificate if the candidate has successfully
completed the national certification program, and has at
least one year of experience as a school psychologist,
otherwise the candidate is only eligible for the
Preliminary School Psychologist certificate
• Michigan Institutions with a School Psychologist
preparation program:
– Andrews University
– Central Michigan
– Michigan State
– University of Detroit-Mercy
– Wayne State University
Teaching Permits
• Full Year Permit:
– may ONLY be issued after the teaching position has been posted
and advertised and no appropriately certified candidate is available
for the position
– candidate must have a bachelor’s or higher degree from an
approved teacher preparation institution
– If the assignment is a core academic subject area (as defined by
NCLB), the candidate must have a major in the subject area to be
taught OR must have passed the appropriate state approved
subject area test. (NCLB requirements also apply for Full Year
Permits in special education.)
– renewable for up to 2 years without reposting the position if the
teacher completes at least 6 additional semester hours of credit
each school year toward appropriate certification and has been
assigned a mentor teacher
Teaching Permits
• Emergency Permits:
– When a district cannot find an appropriately certified
candidate or an individual who meets Full Year Permit
requirements to fill a vacancy and the students
education is in jeopardy, an emergency permit may be
– Emergency permits are valid only for the school year
for which they are approved.
– Emergency permits are NOT approved for core
subject areas.
– They may be renewed only if there is sufficient
evidence that the emergency situation continues to
Teaching Permits
• 1233b Permit:
– Issued to a district to employ an individual in grades
9-12 in one of the following disciplines:
mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics,
engineering, robotics, computer science or a foreign
– Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Major or degree in the subject
• Two or more years of occupational experience within the
last 5 years (exception – foreign language)
• Posting and advertising
*above requirements may be waived under certain conditions.
• May be renewed if the individual is continually enrolled and
completing credit towards appropriate certification AND has
passed both the Basic Skills MTTC and subject area MTTC
Teaching Permits
• Day-to-Day Substitute Permit:
– Issued to the district to employ an individual in a shortterm assignment (defined as 90 calendar days or less
in the same classroom for the entire school year) to
replace the teacher of record
– Individual must have earned at least 90 semester
credits consolidated at a four-year regionally
accredited institution of higher education
– The individual DOES NOT need to meet the definition
of a Highly Qualified teacher when assigned to a core
academic subject
NOTE: After four consecutive weeks in the placement the 4-Week Notification
letter must be sent to parents if the teacher is not Highly Qualified.
Administrator Certification
• Legislation signed by the governor provides for
a voluntary school administrator certificate to be
issued by the MDE.
• The certificate may display endorsements for:
– Elementary
– Secondary
– Central Office
• The certificate may also display specialty
endorsements or enhancements.
Administrator Certification
• Individuals previously certified as a school administrator in
Michigan will be eligible to apply for a voluntary
reactivation of the certificate. The previous certificate will
be matched as closely as possible with current
endorsements. Applications will be accepted and
evaluated until December 31, 2008.
• Individuals who were previously certified as an
administrator in another state or completed an approved
out-of-state administrator preparation program will be
eligible for a Michigan school administrator certificate
when presenting evidence an out-of-state certification
based on the completion of an approved preparation
Administrator Certification
• Individuals who have completed an
administrator preparation program at a Michigan
institution during the time period 1996 through
August 2006 must work through the university
to be recommended for certification. Those
recommendations will be accepted until
December 31, 2008.
• Individuals who are currently completing an
approved administrator preparation program
may be recommended for certification by the
Administrator Certification
• Individuals who have not completed an
administrator preparation program or not
previously certified as an administrator in
Michigan or another state may not obtain a
Michigan school administrator certificate.
• The school administrator certificate is voluntary
and not required by the Michigan Department of
Education for employment as a school
administrator in Michigan.
• The school administrator certificate is voluntary
and not required by the Michigan Department of
Education. It can be a condition of employment
by a hiring school district.
Administrator Eligibility for
• Administrators are required to meet the following
continuing education requirement to be eligible to maintain
employment by a school district:
– During the 5 years following the initial date of hire, or 5 years
from the expiration of a Michigan School Administrator
certificate, have completed 6 semester credits relevant to
the assignment at a post-secondary institution of higher
– Completed 18 State Board Continuing Education Units (SBCEUs) or a combination of semester credits and SB-CEUs
– Administrators holding a valid school administrator
certificate are considered to have met this requirement.
– The statute does not authorize exceptions to the
• Certificate or Endorsement Nullifications:
– The law regarding the nullification of a
certificate/endorsement was amended on January 3,
– Upon receipt by the MDE of a request from a
teacher, a teaching certificate/endorsement may be
nullified only if the teacher is able to demonstrate
that the teacher has not been assigned to teach the
subject during the past 12 years.
– Once nullified, the teacher is no longer able to have
the certificate/endorsement reinstated.
No Child Left Behind Act
• Highly Qualified Teachers:
– NCLB requires school districts to only assign a Highly
Qualified teacher to teach a core academic subject
beginning with fall classes in 2006-2007.
– The core academic subjects are:
•English/Reading/Language Arts
•Foreign Languages
•The Arts (Music, Visual Art, Dance
& Theatre)
• Any teacher who provides direct instruction in a core
academic class must be Highly Qualified for the
No Child Left Behind Act
• Highly Qualified Teacher:
– Demonstrating Competence:
• At least an earned bachelor’s degree
• Full state certification, including appropriate
endorsements or authorizations
• ONE of the following:
– An academic major or its equivalent (30 cr.)
– Successful testing in the subject
– An advanced degree in the subject or related
to the teaching of the subject
– National Board Certification
– Any of the HOUSSE options
No Child Left Behind Act
• Highly Qualified Teachers:
– ELEMENTARY special education teachers who provide direct
instruction (the sole provider of instruction) in a core academic
subject must be Highly Qualified to teach the subject.
The options to demonstrate competence are:
– Take and pass the MTTC general elementary test
– Identify they have completed the 18 semester credit
hours towards the advancement of their certificate
(HOUSSE option #1)
– Complete a specific portfolio available to special
education teachers to cover all content the teacher may
be asked to teach to special education students
(HOUSSE option #3)
– National Board Certification
No Child Left Behind
• Highly Qualified Teachers
– SECONDARY special education teachers assigned to a class
where they provide direct instruction in a core academic subject
must be Highly Qualified for the subject.
Options to demonstrate competence are:
• An academic major or the equivalent of an academic major (30
semester credits)
• Pass the specific subject area MTTC
• Appropriate National Board Certification
• Completion of 18 semester credit hours in a planned program,
or a master’s degree, that enhanced and strengthened their
ability to teach the core subject area(s). (HOUSSE option #1)
• Completion of 6 semester credit hours (or 90 pd hours) in the
SPECIFIC core subject area within the past 5 years (HOUSSE
option #2)
• Completion of a single or multiple subject portfolio (HOUSSE
option #3)
Alternative Education Teachers
• Teachers in an Alternative Education Teaching
– Must demonstrate competence as a Highly Qualified
teacher for any core academic subject
• A teacher must hold a valid secondary teaching certificate
(an elementary teacher employed in the position prior to
October 25, 2005 may continue in the position)
• In a self-contained setting the teacher must be certified
and HQ in at least one core academic subject and may
then use testing or any HOUSSE option to demonstrate
competence in the remaining subjects
• In a departmentalized setting the teacher must hold the
appropriate subject area endorsement and be HQ
NCLB and Other Teaching
• NCLB does not address teachers who are
assigned to teach non-core academic classes
– Examples:
Physical Education
Computers (programming)
Computer Applications
Library Media
Family & Consumer Science
Teachers NOT providing direct instruction, but providing support to a
student in a general education setting OR facilitating instruction (i.e.
NovaNet) do not need to meet the HQ requirements.
NCLB and School Code and Teaching
• The NCLB Act requires districts to only assign a
Highly Qualified teacher to teach a core
academic subject.
• A district may not assign a teacher who does
not have the proper state authorization to teach
a subject and be considered Highly Qualified.
Such an assignment would be out-ofcompliance with School Code (Section
380.1531) in addition to NCLB.
Certificate Endorsements
• To obtain an endorsement to a Michigan teaching
certificate, the teacher must complete BOTH the
approved academic program and take and pass the
appropriate MTTC tests. The teacher may not obtain
the endorsement unless both conditions are met.
• Taking the MTTC test for the purpose of
demonstrating competence as a Highly Qualified
teacher will not lead to the awarding of an
Note: MTTC test score reports will no longer identify the
actual point score, but will only indicate if the test was
passed or failed.
The Full Range of Law and Standards
Governing Teacher Preparation
в—Џ Michigan Compiled Law
в—Џ Administrative Rules Governing
the Certification of Michigan Teachers (2006)
в—Џ Professional Standards for Michigan
Teachers and Profile of Teacher Knowledge
and Skills (2008)
в—Џ Elementary Certificate Program Standards
в—Џ Reading Standards for All Elementary Teachers
в—Џ Specialty Area Endorsement Standards
(for authorization to teach specific
content/specialty area in a departmentalized
setting or as a specialist)
– Early Childhood Education (ZA) Standards (2008)
Focus in All Standards
• National Standards
• SBE Policies and Documents
• Alignment with Michigan’s K-12 content
• Teaching all students in an inclusive
• Technology for teaching, learning and
• Collaboration and Professional
Expectations of Teachers upon Entry into the Profession
Builds foundational knowledge and skills
Implements knowledge and skills with supervising teacher/mentor
Independently applies knowledge and skills with mentor support
Consistently focuses on effective design, implementation, and
assessment for all learners
Creatively focuses on implementing research-based practices and
Standard 2.
Facilitation of learning and achievement of all students (in
accordance with the SBE Universal Education Vision and
Principles), including the ability to:
e. Differentiate instruction in an environment that facilitates
each student’s learning and access to an equitable education;
Needs significant instructional support to differentiate instruction.
Differentiates instruction and evaluates the learning environment
with supervising teacher or mentor support.
Independently differentiates instruction and adjusts learning
Consistently differentiates instruction that facilitates each student’s
learning and access to an equitable education.
Creatively differentiates instruction that facilitates each student’s
learning and access to an equitable education across content
Elementary Certificate Standards
OPTION 1 Core Subject: The teacher preparation institution must provide student advising that assures
candidates successfully accomplish all elements within the option before recommendation for certification.
May take the
Michigan Test for
Teacher Certification
Specialty Area
A planned program (20 credits
minimum) that incorporates the other
core content areas not in the major or 2
minors AND Health, Physical
Education, Music, World Language and
the Arts.
Must take the
Michigan Test
for Teacher
Certification (MTTC)
Elementary Education
Professional sequence (20 credits minimum): these courses are guided by
the Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers (PSMT) which address
pedagogy and field experiences. Plus the 6 credits of Reading Courses.
Authorization to Teach
Authorization to Teach
в—Џ Major (30 credits minimum) or 2
minors (40 credits minimum) of the
в—Џ Integrated Science,
в—Џ Elementary Mathematics,
в—Џ Social Studies,
в—Џ English Language Arts, or
в—Џ Reading
76-86 credits
instruction in
grades K-8
Grades K-8
Elementary Certificate Standards
OPTION 2 Comprehensive Major: The teacher preparation institution must provide student advising
Authorization to Teach
that assures candidates successfully accomplish all elements within the option before recommendation for
91 -101
Comprehensive Major ( 45 credits minimum)
Must include courses in the all of the following:
Must take the
п‚џ Integrated Science,
Michigan Test
Selfп‚џ Mathematics,
for Teacher
п‚џ Social Studies,
п‚џ Language Arts,
Grades K-8
п‚џ Health,
п‚џ Physical Education,
п‚џ World Languages, and
The Arts
A minimum of a minor (20 credits minimum)
in one of the following:
A World Language, or
A student-centered specialty area:
English as a Second Language, Bilingual
Education, Special Education (K-12),
Early Childhood (Birth- age 8), or
Middle Level (Grades 6-8).
May take the
Michigan Test
for Teacher
Specialty Area
Authorization to Teach
PLUS Professional sequence (20 credits minimum): these courses are guided by the
Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers (PSMT) which address
pedagogy and field experiences. Plus the 6 credits of Reading Courses.
instruction in
grades K-8, or
with specialty
knowledge K-12, or
birth to age 8, or
Grades 6-8.
Early Childhood Education (ZA)
• The Early Childhood Education major or minor may be utilized to
complete an elementary certification program through option 2 of
the elementary certificate standards.
• Completion of an Early Childhood Education major must include a
minimum of 30 semester credit hours.
• Completion of an Early Childhood Education minor must be at least
20 semester credit hours.
• In order to keep a focus on highly qualified elementary teachers,
the following core content specialty areas must be evident in the
program (Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Integrated
Science, World Languages, Social Studies, and Fine Arts).
• The Early Childhood Education endorsement may be added to a
secondary certificate only in combination with a special education
endorsement to allow for employment in an early childhood
developmentally delayed placement.
• To add an Early Childhood Education endorsement to an existing
elementary certificate, the program must be at least 26 semester
credit hours with 14 of those semester credit hours addressing
learning related to birth through age 8 children.
Qualified Paraprofessionals
• The NCLB Act requires paraprofessionals
employed for instructional support in a Title I
funded position or in a building with a Title I
school-wide designation to have demonstrated
knowledge of and the ability to assist in the
instruction of:
– reading,
– writing, and
– mathematics
by June 30, 2006 or prior to placement.
• A paraprofessional new hire, defined as
someone not previously employed in any
capacity by the district, must be qualified at the
time of employment.
• All current district employees were expected to
be qualified by the end of the 2005-2006 school
• Paraprofessionals may qualify by one of the following
– Possess an associates degree or higher
– Have completed the equivalent of 2 years of college
(60 semester credits)
– Take and pass one of these approved tests:
• MTTC Basic Skills
• WorkKeys Tests
• The ETS ParaPro Assessment
• Paraprofessionals have also been provided an
opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of and
ability to assist in instruction through the use of
a portfolio process.
• Portfolios were to be completed and accepted
by the district by the end of the 2005-2006
school year.
• The portfolio is no longer an option available to
Michigan Technical Assistance
• The Michigan Technical Assistance Program
(MiTAP) is an initiative by the Michigan
Department of Education, and approved by the
United States Department of Education, to
provide assistance to the local school districts
and public school academies in ensuring that all
core academic teachers are Highly Qualified for
their assignment.
Michigan Technical Assistance
MiTAP visits are designed to address:
• the staffing of core academic classes by Highly
Qualified teachers
• the distribution of Highly Qualified and experienced
teachers in the district (equitable distribution)
• a review of teacher certification/endorsement and
current assignment
Michigan Administrative Rules
Governing Certification
• The Michigan Department of Education has
recently revised the rules governing the
certification of teachers, the certification and
licensure of school counselors, and the
certification of school psychologists. These
three sets of rules have been certified by the
Secretary of State and now are in effect.
• The revised rules are available at the following
web site:
Administrative Rules Governing the
Certification of Michigan Teachers
• A few significant changes:
– The validity period of a certificate will be
determined from January 1 of the year of
– Provisional certificates may be renewed for the
first time by completing 9 semester credits of a
planned program
– Credits taken to renew or advance in certification
must be in an area related to the certificate or
other educational function
Recent Legislative Changes
• Reading Requirement:
– Beginning July 1, 2009 a teacher advancing
to the Professional Education teaching
certificate must present evidence that during
the first 6 years of classroom experience has
completed a 3 semester credit course in the
diagnosis and remediation of reading
disorders, including an appropriate field
Recent Legislative Changes
• Sixth Grade
– Effective August 15, 2006 a teacher
holding a secondary teaching
certificate may now be assigned to
teach sixth grade in an endorsed area.
– Administrative rules also permit the
assignment of a secondary certified
teacher to a sixth grade assignment in
any subject for which the teacher
holds a valid endorsement.
School Safety Legislation
• Section 380.1230 of the Michigan School
Code has been recently amended to
protect students in all Michigan schools;
public, nonpublic and private, by
requiring that all school employees, both
new and veteran, undergo a criminal
history check.
• School employees must have submitted
to a digital fingerprint scan by July 1,
School Safety Legislation
• All school employees who are under are
regularly and continuously employed must be
fingerprinted along with all contracted
employees who work in food services, custodial
or transportation position.
• Individuals who work sporadically or
intermittently need not be fingerprinted.
• The districts are advised to seek legal counsel
should a question of who must be fingerprinted
School Safety Legislation
• The legislation does permit the sharing of
criminal background check results if the
individual is making application to multiple
districts during the same time period, or when
an employee has moved from one district to a
new district with no interruption of service .
• Once the individual has been identified as a
school employee any subsequent arrests,
arraignments, or convictions will be reported to
the MDE by the Michigan State Police Criminal
Justice Information Center.
School Safety Legislation
• Any questions or concerns regarding the
criminal history background checks should be
directed to the Michigan State Police Criminal
Justice Information Center by telephoning the
following number: 517-322-5531.
• A record challenge should be directed to the
same agency.
School Safety Legislation
• The legislation requires the MDE to collaborate
with the State Police to compare the data
submitted to the Registry of Educational
Personnel to the Criminal History Records.
Where matches occurred the information is
disseminated to the school employers by the
• This process will occur twice each year through
Summer 2008. (We are almost done!)
School Safety Legislation
• If a school employee has been convicted of a
“listed” offense (a conviction requiring the name
of the individual to be listed on the Sex
Offenders Registry), the employee must
immediately be dismissed and may not work for
a school setting in any capacity.
School Safety Legislation
• If a school employee has been convicted of a
felony, then the superintendent and the school
board must agree in writing to continue the
employment of the individual.
• If the school employee has been convicted of a
misdemeanor, then the school will be notified by
MDE but no action is required.
• However, the school may chose to institute a
policy regarding misdemeanor convictions by
School Safety Legislation
• Schools are now required to report to the MDE
the status of school employees who have been
identified as having a felony conviction.
• Schools are asked to use the rosters provided
by the MDE to report status back to the
School Safety Legislation
• All school employees are now required to report
all felony and/or misdemeanor arraignments
and convictions to both the employer and the
MDE within three (3) business days or be guilty
of an additional felony or misdemeanor.
• The employing school continues to be required
to report all convictions to the MDE as the
employer is made aware.
School Safety Legislation
• The legislation defines which convictions may be
obtained by the public under a Freedom of Information
• Certain convictions require the release of personal
identifying information along with the specific crime,
these are: any felony conviction and misdemeanor
convictions involving physical abuse or sexual abuse.
• Other misdemeanor conviction lists may be released
without personal identifying information included.
• Schools are advised to seek legal counsel to address
specific concerns regarding the FOIA.
Revocation and Suspension of
Teaching Certificates
• The Michigan School Code, Section
380.1535(a) gives authority to the
Superintendent of Public Instruction to suspend
or revoke a teaching certificate when a
conviction for a felony or certain enumerated
misdemeanors can be shown to have an
adverse effect on the person’s present fitness to
teach in an elementary or secondary school.
Revocation and Suspension of
Teaching Certificates
• Certain offenses are deemed serious enough to
warrant the summary suspension of a
certificate. In the case of a summary
suspension, the school employer will be notified
by the MDE that the teacher is no longer eligible
to be assigned to a classroom pending the
resolution of the hearing.
• A teacher may request an informal hearing to
discuss the nature of the conviction and may
also request a formal hearing regarding the
certificate revocation or suspension.
Revocation and Suspension of
Teaching Certificates
• The revocation or suspension hearing is an
action by the MDE against an individual’s
teaching certificate (a property right).
• The action by the superintendent and the school
board to continue employment is an employer
• Action by the Tenure Commission involves both
the employee and the employer and is
independent of the two processes described
Unprofessional Conduct Disclosure
• Schools are required to obtain a disclosure of
unprofessional conduct statement for all new
• All new employees must sign a statement
releasing the previous employer from liability for
disclosing past unprofessional conduct.
State Board Continuing Education
Units (SB-CEUs)
• Holders of the following certificates are
eligible to use SB-CEUs for certificate
– The Professional Education Certificate
– The Occupational Education Certificate
– The School Guidance Counselor License
– The School Psychologist Certificate
– Administrators for continued employment
– Voluntary School Administrator
• These certificates/licenses are renewable every
5 years.
• SB-CEUs may not be used as a substitute for
semester credits when the teacher is advancing
from an initial (provisional) certificate. Only
earned semester credits will meet that
• A complete listing of approved SB-CEU
programs can be found at: The listings
are updated daily. Contact the sponsor for
registration information.
• What are SB-CEUs?
– State Board recognized, pre-approved inservice,
workshop, training or conference to award units.
– Generic CEUs may not be used for certificate
– The MDE recognizes certificates of completion
issued by the US DOE sanctioned Teacher-toTeacher online training programs for equivalent
– The MDE recognizes certificates of completion
from authorized International Association for
Continued Education and Training (IACET)
providers for equivalent SB-CEUs.
Professional Activities Eligible for SB-CEUs:
– Mentor Teacher (3 SB-CEUs per semester)*
– Supervising Teacher (3 SB-CEUs per semester)*
– Supervising School Psychologist/Counselor (3 SB-CEUs per semester)*
– School Improvement Team (3 SB-CEUs per year)*
– School Committees (3 SB-CEUs per year)*
– New Administrator Mentor (3 SB-CEUs per year)*
– Completion NBPTS portfolio (9 SB-CEUs)
– Completion NBPTS assessment center (9 SB-CEUs)
– Acting as an NBPTS assessor (9 SB-CEUs)
– Gaining NBPTS certification (18 SB-CEUs)
– Completion of the renewal process for NBPTS certification (18 SB-CEUs)
– Out-of-state training as arranged for PRIOR to experience
*Maximum of 9.0 SB-CEUs earned in each activity in a five year renewal period
can be used toward certificate renewal
Registry of Educational Personnel
• The REP is collected twice each year-the
deadlines for the 2008-2009 school year are
December 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.
• Get connected! By joining the REP Listserv.
CEPI sends important updates and Listserv
members provide support and practical
strategies. Information regarding the Listserv is
available on the CEPI web site:
• The School Safety Legislation of 2005 requires
that all school personnel who are employed on
a regular and continuous basis must be
reported in the REP.
• All contracted employees who work on a regular
and continuous basis must be reported in the
REP. These employees would include food
service, custodial service, transportation
Which Employees Are Reported?
• Contracted employees who work on an
intermittent or sporadic basis are not required to
be reported in the REP.
• These employees might include a heating
systems repair person, a guest speaker, a disc
jockey, etc.
Need Help
• For technical assistance:
– Call: CEPI Customer Service at 517-335-0505
– E-mail:
– Get Connected-Join the Listserv
– Updates found on
– Go to the MEIS Data Services section
• Click on Registry of Educational Personnel
• Look under the heading “REP Help & Resources”
The End
• Thank you for your time and attendance.
• Contacts –
– Krista D. Ried
– Bonnie Rockafellow
– Stephanie Whiteside
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