Understanding and maintaining certification is one of the challenges educators face, which is why MEA is there to help.

Teacher Certification Flow Chart

MEA has developed a simple guide to help understand and navigate Michigan’s different certification levels, including standard, professional and advanced professional certificates.  Learn more about the “SPA” and how to navigate it, including the most important rule: It is the teacher’s responsibility to keep his/her certificate valid at all times. Please know what type of certificate you hold and its expiration date.

ESP Certification

Outside of needed licenses for certain classifications (such as bus drivers), there are no statewide certification requirements for education support professionals. However, ESP recognize their need for professional development opportunities. To meet the changing requirements of their jobs, the ESP Certification program can enhance ESPs’ professionalism, gain them respect and help them perform their jobs at a higher level.  Learn more.

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MEA can help members in good standing with certification issues. Contact your local MEA Uniserv office for assistance.

Certification News

Labor Voices: In-person school is coming, but classrooms must be safe first

January 13, 2021 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association Since the beginning of the pandemic, educators have longed to safely return to the classroom for in-person learning. Virtual learning options — while vastly-improved thanks to the hard work of educators — are no match for the academic and overall benefits that come with face-to-face class time. Burnout is widespread…

School district cited and fined for COVID safety violations

South Lake Public Schools in Macomb County was cited and fined $9,800 last week by the state for COVID-19 safety violations. According to MIOSHA, the district was among eight workplaces cited and fined for violating workplace rules to protect employees and the public from the coronavirus. From the department’s Friday news release: “South Lake Public Schools in Saint Clair Shores,…

Joint Statement on Governor’s In-Person Learning Goal

The following statement is from leadership of organizations representing Michigan’s PK-12 Schools: David Hecker, AFT-Michigan President; Don Wotruba, MASB Executive Director; Tina Kerr, MASA Executive Director; Ray Telman, Middle Cities Executive Director; Paula Herbart, MEA President. Since this pandemic began, it has been our most fervent wish to safely reopen our schools for in-person learning. Educators agree that face-to-face time…

FAQ on COVID-19 Vaccine for School Employees

MEA has compiled answers to these frequently asked questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine as it relates to school employees.  For general Q&As (including about vaccine distribution, phases, safety, and more) check out the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) COVID-19 Vaccine webpage and the Michigan Public Vaccine FAQ. Q:  Are school employees being prioritized for receiving the…

MEA President statement on COVID vaccine availability for school employees

EAST LANSING — The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding today’s announcement that preK-12 school employees will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning next Monday: “This is great news for Michigan students and educators alike. Ensuring our frontline teachers and education support professionals can be vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their students is a…

In The News: Educators on burnout; New study on school reopening and COVID

Two important news stories are worth your attention as the New Year is underway: -          Bridge Magazine talked with a cross-section of Michigan teachers about the burnout they and students are experiencing during this unprecedented school year.  The story featured MEA members from across the state, discussing challenges in virtual teaching and learning and how educators and students are reacting to…

Governor announces educator COVID vaccinations to begin next week

School employees who regularly are in contact with students will be eligible to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations beginning next Monday, Jan. 11, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today. “This is great news for Michigan students and educators alike,” said MEA President Paula Herbart. “Ensuring our front line teachers and education support professionals can be vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and…

A Mixed Bag in 2020 Lame Duck Session

MEA members’ lobbying efforts helped to score a victory in the Michigan Legislature’s abbreviated lame duck session in December – winning hazard pay grants for some school employees left out of the original legislation, including preschool and adult education teachers. Despite having numerous scheduled session days cancelled because of coronavirus exposure, before they left for the year legislators passed SB…


Michigan Online Educators Certification System (MOECS)
MOECS allows users to pay certification fees online and issues certificates within five business days. To get started, you’ll need to create or use a Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) account.

National Board Certification

Michigan Department of Education – Educator Certification