Certification for Career and Technical Education Teachers
Career and technical education is offered as either a part of the regular school curriculum as a non-wage earning program for the education of students, or as an occupational, wage-earning program specifically designed to prepare students for employment in an occupational area. This certificate allows the holder to teach in state reimbursed and approved occupational education classrooms in the occupational area(s) in which he or she is endorsed.
Standard CTE Certification Requirements
- Evidence of appropriate major, minor, license, registry, apprenticeship or Michigan Occupational Competency Assessment Center completed in the requested CIP code field. This requirement must also match the work experience and is in addition to the required Workforce Education and Development course work. Official copies of all verifying documents must be on file at the university (transcripts) or in the certification office (other documents). Candidates for the Education General (Teacher Cadet) CIP 13.0000 certification will meet this requirement with their active elementary or secondary continuing teaching certificate, professional teaching certificate, or standard teaching certificate.
- 4,000 hours of work experience in the appropriate CIP code field within the last ten years must be documented for each place of wage-earning employment. Submission of a minimum of three forms of documentation, as listed on the CTE Recent and Relevant Experience Requirements guidance document (page three), must be sent to the Office of Certification. The work verification form may be used in lieu of job/position descriptions and letters verifying work experience. An Annual Career Authorization in the appropriate CIP, may be used to satisfy all documentation requirements; however, it must be active when you apply for your Standard CTE Certificate. Candidates for the Education General (Teacher Cadet) CIP 13.0000 certification must use the Teacher Cadet work verification form. All submitted documentation must be approved by Dr. Adam Manley in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
- Background Check—A recent (within the last two years) background check must be on file in the certification office before we can recommend you for certification. A Michigan iChat will meet this requirement. If you have any convictions, a Judgement of Sentence, Register of Action, or Case History must also be on file in the certification office prior to a certification recommendation.
- Bachelor's degree must be awarded and official transcripts that document the bachelor's degree and any other courses used to meet certification program requirements must be on file at the university.
- Michigan Certification Testing—the following official scores must be on file at the university.
- Complete the required Workforce Education and Development courses
- Nine credit hours in the Graduate Certificate Program: Professional Workforce Educator, approved by your advisor, are required for most standard CTE certificates.
- Candidates who are also seeking the standard teaching certificate through the Workforce Education and Development master's degree must complete a total of 27 credit hours.
- Candidates for the Education General (Teacher Cadet) CIP 13.0000 certification will complete six credit hours of WFED 5140: Teacher Cadet I and II.
- Adult and Child CPR and Standard First Aid. All three components—Adult CPR, Child CPR, and Standard First Aid—must be a Michigan Department of Education approved course. Documentation must be on file in the certification office.The college's Department of Human Performance and Health Education offers approved classes on weekends.
- Set up your Michigan educator accounts and apply for certification—detailed instructions on setting up your Michigan educator accounts.
- Create a Michigan Education Information System account—be sure to use a personal email when setting up your account. Save the page with your user information.
- Register with the Michigan Online Educators Certification System—login using your user ID and password from the Michigan Education Information System that was generated in the previous step.
- Apply for your standard CTE certificate; if eligible for both the standard and the standard CTE certificates, apply for both certificates together.
- Report convictions—honestly report any conviction or civil infraction, excluding speeding tickets.
- Must report conviction information on all of your applications for current certification and all future certifications.
- Provide the Judgment of Sentence, Register of Actions or Case History for each offense to the certification office.
- University review and recommendation—after application, your identified university will review and recommend the application. Please allow five to seven business days for this process; a conviction may delay this process.
- Pay for your certificate—The Michigan Department of Education charges a $160 fee for the standard CTE certificate. If an application for both a standard and standard CTE certificate are submitted together, there is only one $160 fee.
- Print your certificate—Once the fee is paid, print the certificate and obtain notarization. The standard CTE certificate is valid for five years.