Final internship

Learn what to do after you are placed in a school, read the Initial Responsibilities section of our teacher candidate checklist.

Note: Teacher candidates in the final internship cannot start in the classroom until the Office of Clinical Experiences has a sub permit on file. 

Background checks

See WMU background check procedures to learn the process for completing a background check in your assigned district. 

How to get certified

Please review Michigan certification requirements for your initial teaching certificate (i.e., the Standard Teaching Certificate). If you have any additional certification-related questions, please contact the Office of Teacher and Administrator Certification at (269) 387-3473 or

Internship handbook