MEA helps members with state and national certification issues

By law, Michigan public school districts can only employ teachers who have a valid teaching certificate for an instructional assignment.

It can be a complicated process, and thankfully, MEA is here to help.

MEA provides members with up-to-date information on state requirements for maintaining a teaching certificate in Michigan, and provides assistance to members when individual questions arise.

In addition, MEA assists members with issues around federal requirements of teachers, specifically with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as “No Child Left Behind.”

Finally, MEA provides mentoring assistance to members who apply for National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The mentor conducts informational sessions to help participants complete the rigorous certification process, which involves an extensive series of performance-based assessments such as written exercises, teaching portfolios, student work samples, video tapes and thorough analysis of the candidate’s classroom teaching and student learning.

MEA also provides grants to assist members with written assessments for National Board Certification. These grants are available on a limited basis through the MEA’s Professional Development and Human Rights Department.

To inquire about MEA’s numerous certification and mentorship services, contact Chuck Agerstrand of the MEA’s Communication and Public Policy Department at (800) 292-1934 ext. 5462, or email him at