Educator Certification

Kent ISD Human Resources Department can assist with inquiries regarding educator certification renewals.

View the newly updated (May 2015) Teacher Certification pamphlet created by OAISD and MAISD. A valuable resource summarizing credit, DPPD, SCECHs, certificate renewals, and advancements!
PDF DocumentTeacher Certification Pamphlet

For information on the following Michigan certificates, please view the MDE published, Facts on Educator Certification:

  • Occupational
  • School Psychologist
  • Interim
  • School Guidance
  • Counselor
  • Other Certificates

Provisional Certification Renewal

This certificate is renewal up to three (3) times and is valid for up to three (3) years.  Please note, District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) cannot be used towards a Provisional renewal.  However, DPPD can be used if progressing from a Provisional Certificate to a Professional Certificate.

FIRST renewal requires completion of ONE of the following:

  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study* at an approved EPI (Educator Preparation Institution) 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university earned within the three years preceding the date of application; or
  • REVISED! 150 (was 180) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held since the issue date of the initial Provisional Certificate AND within the three years preceding application; or
  • REVISED! Combination of semester credit hours and SCECHs (25 (was 30) SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour) since the issue date of the initial Provisional Certificate AND within the three years preceding application; or
  • NEW! Completion of an approved Master's Degree or higher at any time (there used to be a time limit on this).

SECOND renewal requires completion of ONE of the following:

  • 6 semester hours in a planned course of study* at an approved EPI or 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding application; or
  • REVISED! 150 (was 180) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate held since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding application; or
  • REVISED! 150 (was 180) hours combined semester credit hours and SCECHs (25 (was 30) SCECHs equate to 1 semester credit hour) since the issue date of the FIRST Provisional Certificate renewal AND within the three years preceding application.
  • NEW! Completion of an approved Master's Degree or higher at any time (use to be a time limit).

THIRD renewal:

  • Requires sponsorship by the local school district or private school, completion of all academic requirements for the Professional Education Certificate, and approval of the MDE. This renewal will not be issued to individuals who meet all the requirements for the Professional Education Certificate.

Renewal is valid for up to five (5) years.

Requires one OR the combination of the following:

  • Completion of 6 semester hours at any four-year or community college listed in the Directory of Michigan Institutions of Higher Education;* or
  • REVISED! 150 (was 180) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).
  • An administrator who holds a valid Michigan Professional Education teaching certificate shall be considered as meeting this continuing education requirement.

Note: Semester credits or SCECHs must have been completed within the five (5) year period preceding the date of application and after the issue date of the previous certificate.

* Credits completed at approved out-of-state four-year EPI are also acceptable.

Provisional to Professional Certification

Renewal is valid for up to five (5) years.

Requires one OR the combination of the following:

  • Completion of 6 semester hours at any four-year or community college listed in the Directory of Michigan Institutions of Higher Education;* or
  • REVISED! 150 (was 180) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).
  • An administrator who holds a valid Michigan Professional Education teaching certificate shall be considered as meeting this continuing education requirement.

Note: Semester credits or SCECHs must have been completed within the five (5) year period preceding the date of application and after the issue date of the previous certificate.

* Credits completed at approved out-of-state four-year EPI are also acceptable.

Professional Certificate Renewal

This renewal is valid for up to five (5) years.

Requires one OR the combination of the following:

  • Completion of 6 semester credit hours in a planned program at an approved EPI or 6 semester credit hours of academic credit appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement (s) of the certificate at any regionally accredited college or university; * or
  • REVISED! 150 (was 180) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs); or
  • 150 District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours in accordance with Michigan School Code Section 380.1527. The DPPD form can be found here on the MDE website.
    Note: If DPPD is used in combination with semester credit hours and/or SCECHs you are required to have 150 (was 180) hours to renew. If only DPPD is used you are required to have only 150 hours to renew. You are also required to complete the DPPD form (one per school year) and have it signed by the Principal or Designee of the school district and each page of DPPD activity initialed by the Principal or Designee. Make sure to retain a copy of the signed DPPD form(s) for your records. MDE will request this information for certificate renewal verification.

REVISED! Note: Semester credits (one semester credit equals 25 (was 30) SCECHs), SCECHs or DPPD must have been completed within the five year period preceding the date of application and after the issue date of the previous certificate.

Administrator Certificate Renewal

Renewal is valid for up to five (5) years.

Requires one OR the combination of the following:

  • Completion of 6 semester hours at any four-year or community college listed in the Directory of Michigan Institutions of Higher Education;* or
  • REVISED! 150 (was 180) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).
  • An administrator who holds a valid Michigan Professional Education teaching certificate shall be considered as meeting this continuing education requirement.

Note: Semester credits or SCECHs must have been completed within the five (5) year period preceding the date of application and after the issue date of the previous certificate.

* Credits completed at approved out-of-state four-year EPI are also acceptable.

Revised Rules and DPPD

DPPD Reinterpretation - May 14, 2015

The Office of Professional Preparation is pleased to announce that the group of educators that may use District Provided Professional Preparation development (DPPD) to renew and advance certain certificate types has expanded.
PDF Document District Provided Professional Development Update 

"Master's Degree Earned at Any Time"

Teachers can use an approved master's degree "earned at any time" to renew a Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Education certificate regardless of when it was earned, to meet their professional learning requirement.

Professional Learning Hours vs. DPPD

Educators can renew their Michigan Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Education certificate by obtaining 150 professional learning hours. Note: District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) cannot be used for Provisional certificate RENEWAL.

DPPD Clarification

Recent clarification of MCL 380.1527 and Teacher Certification Code enabled MDE to remove the limitation restricting the use of DPPD to a maximum of 30 hours per school year. MDE will no longer have a cap of 30 hours per school year for DPPD. Teachers will need a total of 150 hours over the 5 year period as prescribed in rule for progression to the Professional Education certificate or Professional Education certificate renewal.