The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is phasing out 12 teaching endorsements in subjects that are hard to fill or do not attract enough teaching candidates.
Endorsements in these 12 areas will no longer be issued on certificates after July 1, 2026, but beginning next school year those endorsements will no longer be required for teaching those subjects.
Teachers who currently hold the endorsements will continue to see them displayed on their certificates and may continue to teach in those areas. However, starting in 2017-18, administrators will have discretion in assigning a teacher in those endorsement areas.
For example, a teacher with a computer science endorsement may be assigned to teach computer science, or a district may employ a teacher without the endorsement who displays strong computer science skills.
The following endorsements are being phased out based on an examination of data related to educator preparation program graduates, K-12 course offerings, and K-12 teacher assignments, according to MDE:
Bilingual Other (YL)
Communication Arts (AX)
Computer Science (NR)
Fine Arts (OX)
Marketing Education (GM)
Visual Arts Education Specialist (LZ)