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Teacher Recertification

In the summer of 2011, the State of Michigan passed several school and tenure reform bills. The Michigan Department of Education then created new administrative rules to comply with the new laws. The updated rules will impact all levels of teacher certification. Make sure you view the revised Teacher Certification Code in its entirety.  Visit the  SEHS Advising page  for more information on continuing certification and the renewal process.

The Office of Professional Development and Education Outreach offers various individual courses to meet the needs of teacher certificate renewals and continuing education. Please visit the following tabs for course options.

Oakland University periodically offers individual counseling elective courses for educators, counselors, and any individuals interested in learning more about the field of counseling. Courses are offered on a varying basis each semester.
For more information on counseling elective courses, please contact: 
Donna Rich, Administrative Project Coordinator
(248) 370-4170 phone  |   (248) 370-4961 fax

Upgrade your ZA endorsement to the new ZS endorsement with our new bridge option:

ZA Endorsement + only 2 courses + MTTC ZS Test = ZS Endorsement


  • attain the State Board of Education's revised standards reflecting the knowledge and skills needed to teach children from birth to age 8 in general education settings, as well as significant knowledge and skills teaching children with disabilities
  • be qualified to teach in:
    • general education early childhood classrooms
    • inclusive early childhood classrooms, and
    • early childhood special education classrooms
  • feel confident in knowing you possess the most up-to-date early childhood endorsement available, and in having the skills and knowledge needed to address the developmental and educational needs of all children in your care, regardless of ability level


A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to get you started: 

The Macomb Initiative Scholarship provides a $150.00 per-credit-hour tuition award to educators enrolled in the following course:  EC 552 - Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education.  Scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.  The award is non-renewable and the student recipient must meet the eligibility requirements.  This scholarship may be used for tuition only.

Eligibility Requirements include:

  • Proof of an earned bachelor’s degree
  • Be admitted as a “professional development” student or enrolled in an existing graduate program
  • Teacher/Administrator certificates and endorsements must be current
  • Although students are not required to "apply," their qualifications will be reviewed by the Early Childhood Program Director prior to registration



Fall 2015 (September 2 - December 15, 2015)
Course: EC 552 – Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education (Credit Hours: 4)
Location: Macomb ISD, Clinton Township, MI
Dates/ Time: Tuesday from 5:00-8:20 p.m.
Description: This course focuses on early childhood special education (ECSE) as a unique discipline similar to, but distinctly different than early childhood education and special education. Teaming, assessment, family centered practice, and child focused practices within multiple contexts of ECSE will be addressed. Activities will take place that encourage reflective practice.  A field experience is built into the course.

Winter 2016 (January 5 - April 26, 2016)
Course:  EC 553: ECSE: Programming, Planning & Intervention (Credit Hours: 4)
Location : Macomb ISD, Clinton Township, MI
Dates / Time : Tuesday from 5:00-8:20 p.m.
Description This course focuses on linking the foundational components to professional practice in the field of Early Childhood Special Education.  Practical applications of teaming, assessment, family centered practice and child focused approaches will be addressed, with particular attention to the themes of diversity, inclusion, and technology.  A field experience is built into the course.


Request additional information about upgrading to the ZS endorsement.


If you have any other questions, please contact:

Sherry Quinn, Director of Macomb
(586) 226-4590   |   (586) 226-8643 fax

in Education
Oakland University periodically offers individual elective courses for educators, counselors, and any individuals interested in learning more about issues in the field of education. Courses are offered on a varying basis each semester.

EL 570N: Effective Leadership From Where You Stand
Fall 2015: October 2015 - April 2016
6 Credit-Hybrid Course: Only meets face-to-face once per month
For more information, please contact Dr. Abbott at (248) 370-2636

EMATHS Online Geometry and Algebra Courses

In partnership with the Macomb Intermediate School District, Oakland University is offering secondary mathematics teachers the opportunity to earn graduate credit for the following courses.  All courses are three (3) graduate credits:

  • EMATHS Online Geometry
  • EMATHS Online Algebra I
  • EMATHS Online Algebra II

These online courses focus on...

  • increasing teachers’ content knowledge,
  • maximizing the effective use of technology in instruction,
  • using research-based pedagogy, and
  • implementing formative assessment for improved instruction. 

Contact Sandra Geldhof at to request additional information about the EMATHS Online courses (including the option to earn graduate credit).

IB Leadership
  • Courses will run in Winter 2015 and Fall 2015
  • 6 credits over two-semesters
  • Hybrid format includes two face-to-face sessions on Saturdays at Oakland University's main campus, with additional online learning activities
  • Courses include: Introduction to IB Principles, Practices, & Curriculum (3 credits) and Leaders in IB Schools: Moving Theory to Practice (3-credits)
  • Courses combine an emphasis on administering an IB program, with general administrative practices and recent trends in educational leadership.  The courses are designed and taught by practicing IB administrators and education school professionals.
F or more information on IB Leadership Courses for Administrators, please contact: 
Donna Rich, Administrative Project Coordinator
(248) 370-4170 phone  |   (248) 370-4961 fax
Reading and
Language Arts
RDG 510: Inquiry-Based Literacy Instruction

To meet the needs of the Michigan reading requirement, Oakland University offers RDG 510 for 3 or 4 graduate credits.  This course is offered all year round in a hybrid/partially-online format.  For current course offerings, please visit SAIL and do a course search.  RDG 510 will apply to certain graduate programs including the M.Ed. in Special Education.  Upcoming courses are also listed below:
Course Dates: July 6 - July 29, 2015
Format: Hybrid course with two face-to-face dates held on Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 
Location: Pawley Hall: Rochester, MI and online via Moodle 
Credits: 3 or 4 credits 
Instructor: Dr. Sue Sharma or Dr. Lizabeth Guzniczak
How to Register: Contact Kelly Quintana at or (248) 370-3997.
For information on sections of RDG 510 running in Fall 2015 or Winter 2016, please contact the Reading Department directly at (248) 370-3054.
Oakland University offers exciting opportunities to enroll in Special Education related courses designed for general/special education teachers, administrators, and any individuals interested in learning more about the subject. If you are interested in future Special Education elective courses, please contact the project manager, Andrea Lewis, for more information about upcoming courses. Courses are offered on a varying basis each semester.

Fall 2015 Special Education Electives
  • SE 590: Using Technology to Facilitate Independence in Special Education
    Dates: September 3 - December 15, 2015
    Format: Online
    Instructor: Dwayne Wessel, M.Ed.

  • SE 590: Evidence Based Strategies for Inclusive K-12 Classrooms
    Dates:  September 3 - December 15, 2015
    Format: Online
    Instructor: Dr. Sherryl McLaughlin

  • SE 644: Employment & Independent Living in ASD
    Dates: September 3 - December 15, 2015
    Format: Lecture: Meets on Monday evenings
    Instructor: Janet Graetz, Ph.D.

  • SE 510: Students with Behavioral or Emotional Impairments
    Dates: September 3 - December 15, 2015
    Format: Lecture: Meets on Tuesday evenings
    Instructor: TBD

  • SE 532: Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities
    Dates: September 3 - December 15, 2015
    Format: Lecture: Meets on Thursday evenings
    Instructor: Erica Ruegg, Ph.D.
For more information, please contact: 
Andrea Lewis, Project Manager
(248) 370-3996 phone   |   (248) 370-4961 fax