What Matters Most in Interviewing

I came across this infographic that accurately highlights the importance of non-verbals during an interview. We forget sometimes that yes, having industry knowledge is important (85%!), but also being sincerely excited about working for the school or organization and being able to carry on a conversation with the interviewers is also VERY important. Employers are looking for a good “fit” and they can’t always determine that just from your answers to their interview answers…be kind, be personable, and most importantly, be you!


Need help with the interview process? Former teaching interns have access to their College Career Consultant for up to 2 years after finishing the program. To make an appointment, log in to Handshake. Appointments can be made in person, over the phone, or via Skype. Indicate your medium preference in the advising notes.

Certification Codes & Resume Write-ups

Many of you are struggling with how to add your certification to your resume for maximum impact. Here are some examples to help you communicate your credentials!

Certification examples for teaching majors and minors in which coursework is completed and all MTTC subject area tests have been passed.

Elementary Example with Language Arts and ZS Endorsement

Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate                     May 2017
K-5 All Subjects (K-8 All Subjects Self-Contained)
K-8 Language Arts (BX)
PreK-K Early Childhood (ZS)

Special Education Example with Math

Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate                     May 2017
K-5 All Subjects (K-8 All Subjects Self-Contained)
K-12 Learning Disabilities (SM)
K-8 Mathematics (EX)

Secondary Example with Social Studies & History

Michigan Secondary Provisional Certificate                        May 2017
6-12 Social Studies (RX)
6-12 History (CC)

Secondary Example with Math, Biology, and Integrated Science

Michigan Secondary Provisional Certificate                        May 2017
6-12 Mathematics (EX)
6-12 Biology (DA)
6-12 Integrated Science (DI)

Secondary Example, Art

Michigan Secondary Provisional Certificate                        May 2017
K-12 Art Education (LQ)

Certification example for teaching majors and minors in which coursework is completed and some MTTC subject area tests have been passed, but still need to pass one of your subject area MTTC tests.

Elementary Example with Language Arts and TESOL pending

Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate                        May 2017
K-5 All Subjects (K-8 All Subjects Self-Contained)
K-8 Language Arts (BX)
K-8 English as a Second Language (NS) – pending

*For pending endorsement: During an interview or in a cover letter, please explain to the reader that you plan to take the test and when you are scheduled to take it.

For list of classes that can be taught under each endorsement (with two-letter endorsement codes), see the following link from the MDE web site:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/courses_taught_by_endorsement_523203_7.pdf

School District Job Fairs – South Lyon Teacher Fair

Not all school districts attend university-run teacher fairs. Some choose to host their own job fairs to attract teachers to their schools. It is best to consider both networking options as a job seeker so you don’t miss any opportunity to teach at the school of your dreams.

This year, South Lyon Community Schools will be hosting a New Teacher Job Fair on March 11, 2017 for any interested students that are looking for placement after graduation.The location, date, time, and other information are included in the flyer. Students must register for the event before March 4, 2017 via the link below.


South Lyon Community Schools, in southeast Michigan (between Brighton and Novi), is one of the top Michigan employers of Spartan Teachers. For the last four (maybe more) years, they’ve hired 6 to 10 MSU interns to fill new teaching positions!


Illinois Certification

Aside from Michigan, the state of Illinois is the top state for Spartan Teachers to call home after finishing the TPP. Any time you’re thinking of teaching in another state you will need to follow the steps necessary for transferring your teaching license (in this case you’re transferring a Michigan license to an Illinois license, even if you’re a Chicago intern). The best place to find the most up-to-date information on how to do this is by going to the Board of Education web site for that state. They can be hard to navigate, but will have the most accurate information.

For now, I want to share information from both our College of Education web site AND from a former Chicago intern, Cheryl G., on paths for obtaining a state of Illinois teaching licence. Thank you Cheryl for your information and expertise! Note: her strategy is to first sub! A great foot-in-the-door technique for any young teacher. Please see her strategy here:


The College of Education website shares a sightly different route, please go to http://www.educ.msu.edu/certification/certification-update/illinois.asp for those details and instructions.

For information on teaching in other states, we suggest using the site certificationmap.com.