Michigan Dual Credit Information

In Michigan, teacher preparation is guided by law, state administrative rules, and teacher preparation program standards. Michigan law and rules require that all individuals complete an approved preparation program (e.g., math, elementary, English) to obtain initial certification or add endorsements to a certificate. The alternative route to teacher certification is a non-traditional preparation program designed for individuals who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and are seeking to complete an expedited teacher preparation program while employed as a teacher under an Interim Teaching Certificate (ITC). Accordingly, employment in teaching the content area is a pre-requisite to issuing additional certification or endorsement. Individuals may complete this pathway regardless of whether they are seeking initial certification in Michigan or are already certificated and wish to add an additional endorsement. Please note that under law, career and technical education Classifications of Instructional Programs (CIPs), early childhood and special education endorsements are not available through this pathway.  

Program Description and Candidate Eligibility  

Candidates are eligible for enrollment in an alternative route program if they meet the following legislated selectivity criteria:

  1. minimum of bachelor’s degree;
  2. a cohort grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; 
  3. passage of the appropriate discipline area Michigan Test(s) for Teacher Certification;
  4. CPR/First Aid certification (MCL 380.1531d); and 
  5. Criminal Background Check (R 390.1201).

All state-approved alternative route programs can be found using the MDE approved program database as well as here. Please contact providers directly for additional information about program coursework, requirements and application procedures. 

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