Dear Teacher Prep Interns:
The College of Education has been in contact with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) which certifies and licenses teachers in Michigan. The faculty and staff are working to ensure interns completing the teacher preparation program this semester will not have problems being certified to teach due to the closure of K-12 schools. MSU’s teacher preparation program standards are much higher than what is required for certification and MDE is being flexible about how to demonstrate meeting the outcomes.
For more information from MDE visit https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Apprentice_Internship_Guidance_684239_7.pdf.
If you have questions regarding MSU’s internship requirements you can contact Kristy Dumont, Director of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
Despite hosting a certification meeting for all interns each spring and providing as-clear-as-possible guidelines to follow, there are still some common mistakes interns make when turning in their teacher certification paperwork.