SEHS ADVISING OFFICE

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4182
fax: (248) 370-4245
edadvise@oakland.edu

Educator Certification
363 Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-3242
certification@oakland.edu


Out of State Program Verification

Email completed forms to certification@oakland.edu along with basic information, including:

  • Type of education program
    • Elementary
    • Secondary
    • K-12
    • MATEE
    • MATSE
  • Degree
    • Name
    • Date awarded
  • Endorsements earned
  • Submittal instructions

Educator Certification

In November 2017, Michigan Department of Education revised the teacher certification administrative rules. Among these changes:

Our site will be updated as more information becomes available. You can view the revised rules via this link: Updated Teacher Certification Code.

Please note that all standard certificate renewals, applications for the professional certificate, and professional renewals are processed exclusively through the Michigan Department of Education.

Endorsements
& Credits
Undergraduate and Graduate-Level Endorsement Options
  • The Certification Office evaluates the transcripts of individuals who want to add an undergraduate elementary endorsement to their Elementary teaching certificate. Elementary endorsements are listed under Option 1 in the Approved Planned Program Options.
  • Secondary Teacher Education Program Faculty Advisers evaluate the transcripts of individuals who want to add an undergraduate secondary endorsement to their Secondary teaching certificate. Secondary and K-12 endorsements, as well as faculty adviser information, are listed under Option 1 in the Approved Planned Program Options.
  • School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) Faculty Advisers evaluate the transcripts of individuals who want to add a graduate endorsement to their teaching certificate. These endorsements, as well as contact information for faculty advisers, are listed under Option 2 and 4 in the Approved Planned Program Options.
  • Adding an endorsement to your certificate requires you to:
    • Contact the Certification Office or appropriate faculty adviser from the Approved Planned Program links above for a transcript evaluation and personalized endorsement program plan
    • Complete all necessary prerequisites
    • Pass all coursework required for the endorsement and maintain the minimum cumulative GPA for all major/minor and professional education coursework
    • Pass the corresponding Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) and have your official score sent to OU
    • Pass the associated OPI (World Languages students only)
    • Once you have met these requirements and final grades have been posted, you may apply for your new endorsement at michigan.gov/moecs
    • Your application will typically be processed within eight weeks from the date you submit the application in MOECS
  • If credits from another institution are accepted towards the endorsement, an official transcript is required before recommendation for the endorsement. Official transcripts can be mailed/emailed to:

    Educator Certification
    363 Pawley Hall
    456 Pioneer Drive
    Rochester, MI 48309-4401
    certification@oakland.edu

Applying to Oakland
To complete requirements to add an additional endorsement or complete continuing education credits at an undergraduate-level, follow these steps to apply for admittance as a post-baccalaureate adding an endorsement:
  1. Go to the undergraduate online application
  2. Click on the link for the semester you would like to begin classes
  3. Follow directions to create an Admissions account
  4. For Application Type choose "9e. Addl Endr to Teacher Cert"
  5. For Academic Program choose "Additional Endorsement for Teacher Certificate"
  6. In the Essay section of your application, enter information regarding the type of teaching certificate you hold (i.e. elementary or secondary) and the endorsement you plan to pursue
  7. Complete the admission application and submit

To check the status of your application, you can log back into the online application or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Once admitted, you will receive instructions regarding how to activate your ID and register for classes using SAIL

NOTE: Students admitted to OU under this (U4) status are not eligible to qualify for Financial Aid.

Students who want to apply to Oakland to enroll in RDG 510/5210 should follow the steps located on the "Reading Requirements" tab on this page. 

Students who want to apply for a graduate program should visit oakland.edu/grad

Current tuition rates are available at oakland.edu/tuition. Students pursuing financial aid eligible programs in need of aid should visit oakland.edu/financialservices.

MDE Guidance: Adding an Endorsement to a Teaching Certificate

Standard
Renewal
Standard Certificate Renewal

The Standard Teaching Certificate replaces the Provisional Certificate. The Standard Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year.

Renewal Requirements (one of the following):

Education-Related Professional Learning Options:

One of the following must be earned since the issue date of the most recent Standard Teaching Certificate or renewal, and must be entered into MOECS prior to applying for renewal:

Credits in a planned course of study may include credits taken as part of an
education-related master’s or higher degree or credits in a program that leads to an endorsement. Consult the Approved Planned Program Options to review your master's degree, endorsement, and education credit choices.

Once you have completed the requirements for Standard Teaching Certificate renewal, go to michigan.gov/moecs and apply for your new certificate.

MDE Guidance: Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal

Professional
Certificate
Progressing to the Professional Teaching Certificate

The Professional Teaching Certificate is valid for up to 5 years.

You are not required to renew your Standard Certificate before applying for your Professional Teaching Certificate. If you are currently teaching, please make this decision in consultation with your district.

Requirements for Progression to Professional (before July 1, 2018):

  1. Successful Teaching: 3 years of successful teaching since the issue date of the initial Standard Certificate, within the content area and grade level of your certificate.

    When using substitute teaching to satisfy the work experience requirement, only experience that matches your teaching certificate will count. For example, if you have an Elementary Certificate for K-5 all subjects only, substitute teaching in a middle school or high school classroom will not count towards the requirement.

    Your Work Experience Verification form must be completed fully, with no fields (including "grades" and "subjects") left blank. For this reason, writing "all grades" on a Work Experience Verification form is problematic unless your certificate allows you to teach all grades.

  2. Reading Methods: 6 semester credit hours of Reading Methods instruction is required for elementary certified teachers, 3 semester credit hours of Reading Methods instruction is required for secondary certified teachers. Refer to the Reading Requirements tab on this page for additional information.

  3. Reading Diagnostics: 3 semester credit hours of Reading Diagnostics and Remediation instruction, including a field experience, is required to progress to Professional certification. Refer to the Reading Requirements tab on this page for additional information.

  4. Education-Related Professional Learning: totaling 150 hours; or an education-related master’s or higher degree earned at any time (even if previously used to renew the Standard Teaching Certificate) from a regionally accredited college or university

Education-Related Professional Learning Options:

One of the following must be earned since the issue date of the most recent Standard Teaching Certificate or renewal, and must be entered into MOECS prior to applying for renewal:

Credits earned in RDG 510/5210 may count towards the 6 semester credit hours.

Once you have completed the requirements for Professional Teaching Certificate, go to michigan.gov/moecs and apply for your new certificate.

Renewal of a Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

Renewal of your Professional Teaching Certificate requires one or a combination of the following: 

  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study at an approved Educator Preparation Institution; or
  • 6 semester credit hours appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate earned from a college or university that is regionally accredited by one of the agencies listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation Directory; or
  • 150 Michigan State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate; or
  • 150 hours of Michigan District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate; or
  • Combination of semester credit hours, SCECHs, and/or DPPD totaling 150 hours.

The credits and/or SCECHs used to renew your Professional must have been completed after the issuance of your Professional certificate and must not be more than five years old.

Oakland University’s Outreach and Program Services offers many courses for Professional Education Certificate renewal.

Once you have completed the requirements for Professional Education Certificate renewal, go to michigan.gov/moecs and apply for your new certificate.

MDE Guidance: Professional Teaching Certificate Renewal

MDE Guidance: Advanced Professional Education Certificate

Reading
Reqs
Reading Methods requirement

Holders of an Elementary Teaching Certificate applying for a Provisional or Professional Education Certificate must have completed a minimum of 6 semester credit hours in reading methodology, while holders of a Secondary Teaching Certificate must have completed this requirement with a minimum of 3 semester credit hours. This requirement is typically completed during one’s initial teacher preparation program. 

Graduates from one of OU’s initial teacher preparation programs satisfied this requirement with:
  • RDG 331/3231, 333/3233, and 414/4214 or RDG 502/5202 and 503/5203 in OU’s Elementary Education teacher certification programs, or
  • RDG 338/4238 or 538/5558 in OU’s Secondary Education teacher certification programs.
Reading Diagnosis/Remediation requirement

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has required since July 1, 2009 that anyone applying for a Professional Education Certificate to complete at least 3 semester credit hours in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction.

You have satisfied this “additional” reading requirement if:

  1. You earned a 2.8 grade minimum in RDG 331/3231, RDG 333/3233, and 414/4214 in fall 2007 or after as a student in Oakland University’s Elementary Education teacher certification program,
  2. You successfully completed RDG 500/5520, 632/6962, and 633/6963 as a student in OU’s MAT in Reading and Language Arts,
  3. You completed an approved Reading (BT) or Reading Specialist (BR) program since 2002 at a Michigan Educator Preparation Institution,
  4. You successfully passed a course from MDE’s list of approved reading diagnostics courses at a Michigan Educator Preparation Institution, or
  5. You successfully completed RDG 510/5210 at OU.

If have not completed the required diagnosis and remediation coursework listed above, you are advised to take RDG 5210.

You may renew your Provisional Certificate before completing the additional reading requirement, but you must have a grade in the course before you are eligible for the Professional Education Certificate.

Current graduate students at OU may register for RDG 5210 using SAIL. If you are not a current graduate student at OU and want to take RDG 5210, follow these steps to apply to OU:

  1. Go to oakland.edu/applynow
  2. Read and follow the information listed.
  3. For Select an Application Type, choose “Grad – Professional Development.”
  4. For Program Applying To, choose “Reading and Language Arts.”
  5. In response to the question, What course(s) do you plan to take as a professional development student? write in “I want to take RDG 5210 only.”

To check your admission status, you can log back in to the online application system. Some helpful facts and faqs can be found on the Graduate Admissions page.

Once admitted, you will receive instructions on how to activate your ID and register for classes using SAIL.

NOTE: Students who are admitted to OU to only take RDG 5210 do not qualify for Financial Aid. Tuition information is available at oakland.edu/tuition.

MDE Guidance: Reading Requirements

Administrative
& Leadership
School Administrator and Leadership

Oakland University offers the following Administrative Certificate programs:

Building-Level Principal, which leads to the ES Administrative Certificate

Central Office Administration, which leads to the CO Administrative Certificate

Oakland University offers the following Teacher Leader program:

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (M.Ed.), which leads to the TL endorsement, which is included in the requirements to progress to the Advanced Professional Education Certificate.

MDE Guidance: School Administrator Certificate

MDE Guidance: School Administrator Certificate Renewal

MDE Guidance: Advanced Professional Education Certificate