Michigan law requires that a person employed in an elementary or secondary school with instructional responsibilities shall hold a certificate, permit, or vocational authorization valid for the position to which he/she is assigned.
The No Child Left Behind Act (2001) requires all teachers of core academic subject areas be Highly Qualified.
Highly Qualified teachers in Michigan are defined as all elementary certified teachers who have taken and passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC). These individuals are considered Highly Qualified for grades K-5 (all subjects) and grades 6-8 (self-contained settings only). All middle (6-8) and secondary (9-12) certified teachers who have taken and passed the MTTC for the endorsements listed on their certificates are considered Highly Qualified in those areas. All middle and secondary certified teachers who hold a major in their endorsement area are considered Highly Qualified for that content/subject.
As partners in the instructional process, paraprofessionals must meet one of the following requirements:
The Michigan State Board of Education has approved the following formal assessments by which a paraprofessional can demonstrate knowledge: