Since the final approval of the Administrative Rules Governing Michigan Teacher Certification on May 18, 2012, the Michigan Department of Education has put in place new procedures regarding Teaching Certificates. Teachers may now progress to the Professional Certificate or renew the Professional Certificate with District Provided Professional Development (DPPD).


First Rule of Teacher Certification

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.

Teacher Certification Flow Chart


Teacher certification online system

The new teacher certification system for Michigan educators went live Feb. 8. The improved Michigan Online Educator Certification System (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.

Michigan Online Educators Certification System (MOECS)



Access your Certification Records Online
Certification Nullification
FAQs about Teacher Certification and Related Topics
National Board Certification
Out-of-State Applicants for the Initial Michigan Teaching Certificate
Michigan Department of Education Quick Reference Directory
MDE Form – District Provided Professional Development Record for Certificate Renewal