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

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:

everything-you-need-to-know-about-licensure-in-illinois

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.