A Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test must be passed in at least the major endorsement area(s) in order to earn initial Provisional Michigan teacher certification. A passing score on the appropriate subject area test is also required to add an additional endorsement to an active Michigan certificate.
According to Michigan Educator Certification Administrative Rules (R 390.1115), subject area tests are valid for five years prior to initial certification or endorsement.
Initial certification must be obtained within five years of program completion and testing. Failure to be certified within this time period will require a program review and a retake of the subject area test(s).
Candidates seeking initial secondary certification, including K-12, must pass the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test(s) in the major area(s) of preparation—regardless of areas in which they will intern teach—prior to certification.¹
In addition to a passing score on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test in their language, candidates in Spanish, French, German and Russian must achieve a minimum score of Advanced Low and candidates in Arabic, Chinese and Japanese must achieve a minimum score of Intermediate High on the Oral Proficiency Interview prior to internship and certification
The elementary education test (#103) is mandatory for all candidates seeking elementary certification including all special education and early childhood candidates.
¹Public act 282 (1992) and 267 (1986).
Successful completion of an approved program and a passing score on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test is required to add an endorsement(s) to an existing certificate.
- General Michigan Test for Teacher Certification information
- Online registration
- Test selection—specific information about when and where you can take the test including access to preparation materials.
- Subject area tests by WMU program
Test preparation information
Students who need accommodations because of a documented disability must register early and should see registering for alternative testing arrangements.
- Preparing for the exam (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification resources)
- Practice tests—online practice tests are designed to simulate the actual testing experience and include multiple-choice questions representative of the actual test.
- Study guides—study guides for all subject area tests
- Test objective and subarea matching worksheet—developed by the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
- Exam preparation process—developed by WMU's Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies
- Preparing for the exam—developed by Steven J. Stegink, Ph.D from the Michigan Department of Education
- English resource guide for MTTC test #02—developed by Dr. Philip Egan, Director of Undergraduate Studies in English
- Social studies resource guide for MTTC test #084—from the TRiO Future Educator Success Program.
- K-8 Grade Level Content Expectations for Health Education—developed with the help of 155 teachers, parents, health content experts, and others interested in the health and learning of Michigan's children.