Educator Certification Information

Certification Renewal

Educators are responsible for obtaining their certificates and keeping them up to date. All Michigan certificates expire on June 30 of a given year. The Michigan Department of Education does not notify teachers regarding expiring certificates. Teachers must know the validity period of their certificates and meet the necessary renewal requirements before the expiration date. Teachers may lose their positions or tenure if a teaching certificate expires.

External LinkVisit the Michigan Department of Education's website for certification requirements and renewal information.


The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) believes that all students should have access to high quality teachers. The Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educator (PME) campaign is designed to help teachers return to the classroom. For more information, please visit External Link,4615,7-140-5683_14795_83462-556448--,00.html



Teacher Evaluation Timeline

Google DocView the certified teacher evaluation timeline here

Educator Resources

Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Alternative Route Programs and Traditional Programs

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GVSU Company Deferment Plan

The External LinkGVSU Company Deferment Plan is for students who qualify for their employer’s tuition reimbursement program and allows the amount of tuition and fees paid for by the employer to be deferred until the end of the semester. Any amount of tuition, fees, and other charges (including parking permits) not paid for by the employer must be received by the tuition deadline and included with this application. 

To qualify for company deferment, you will need:

  • Complete and sign PDF Documentpromissory note and email to along with your current letter of eligibility from your employer (on company letterhead)
  • Go to External LinkmyBanner and pay the $40.00 service fee plus any amount not reimbursable by the employer.
  • The prom note, the letter and the payment should be made together.  If that is not possible, please make your payment first.

The student, not the employer, is responsible for timely payment of this loan.
The loan is due in full, approximately 30 days after the end of the semester, regardless of employer reimbursement. The service fee is non-refundable.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. A new letter of eligibility from your employer must be submitted each semester.

You may send the information to:

Grand Valley State University
Attn: Student Accounts Office
1049 James H. Zumberge Hall (1049 JHZ)
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
Fax: (616) 331-3975

GVSU Health Related Academic Program


For More Information

For more information or questions, please contact Human Resources Director Erika Lahti at 231.933.1719 or