The Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) were created to ensure that every certified teacher has the necessary basic skills and content knowledge to serve in Michigan schools. All candidates must meet competency requirements to enroll in the educator preparation program.
Professional Readiness Examination (PRE)
Passing scores on all three portions (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) of the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) or Michigan Basic Skills Test (MBST), or approved alternate measures, or an approved combination of PRE scores and approved alternate measures are required to enroll in the Education program. The PRE replaced the MBST in October, 2013. Interested students should contact the School of Education for an evaluation of alternate measures. The PRE is required for students who do not have approved alternate measures. Comprehensive information, including a study guide, test dates, and registration, is available here:
MBST, PRE, and alternate measure scores are valid indefinitely.
Subject Area Tests
Candidates for certification must pass the appropriate tests for the certificate sought. Elementary candidates must take and pass the Elementary Education test in order to be certified. Elementary candidates who wish to be certified in their approved major/minor areas must also take and pass the corresponding test(s). Elementary candidates are strongly encouraged to take and pass the tests for their approved major/minor areas in order to enhance marketability. Secondary candidates must take and pass the tests in their major and minor areas in order to be certified. Subject area test scores are valid for 5 years. The candidate must be certified within 5 years of passing the test(s).
Information regarding all subject area tests is available here: