Frequently Asked Questions
General Questions and Answers
1. What is MOECS?
MOECS is the new Michigan Online Educator Certification System. This is a fully secured, role/function based web application developed and managed by the State of Michigan. This system is used by:
(i) The Educator Preparation Institutions (EPIs) to submit certification/endorsement recommendations, renewal etc.
(ii) the districts/school to apply for and renew permits, annual vocational authorizations, and school nurse certificates.
(iii) the educators and teacher candidates to apply for certificates, renewals, pay certification fees using a credit card, and print certificates.
(iv) the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) to review and process certificates, permits, and annual vocational authorizations.
2. How can I access MOECS?
You can access MOECS by visiting: http://www.michigan.gov/moecs. Only Authorized users will be able to access this system and will need a MEIS user-id (Login name) and password to access the system.
3. How can I get a Login Name (User-ID) and Password to access MOECS?
You need to first create a Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) account by visiting https://cepi.state.mi.us/MEIS/Login.aspx
Once you have successfully created the MEIS account, you need to self-register with MOECS using your MEIS Login Name and Password.
4. Why do I have to create the Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) account?
MEIS is used as an authentication system and individuals who need access to the MOECS need to have a MEIS account. Therefore, you are required to apply for a MEIS account first. You will be using the same Login Name and Password that you created in MEIS to login in to MOECS. You will also be required to key in your MEIS account number during self-registration in MOECS.
5. I already have a MEIS account. Do I need to create a new MEIS account?
No. If you already have a MEIS account, you can use the same MEIS account number (and user ID and password) for MOECS. However, you will still need to self-register if you are an applicant, or send in a MEIS security agreement form if you are a college/university user or school district user in order to receive authorization to access MOECS.
6. I forgot my MEIS login name and password. What do I do?
Please visit https://cepi.state.mi.us/MEIS/Login.aspx and use the links "I forgot my Login Name" or "I forgot my Password".
7. I am a substitute teacher. Must I create a MEIS account and self-register to obtain a substitute teacher permit?
No. Permits are issued only to local and intermediate school districts, public school academies, and nonpublic schools. The district/school where you are substitute teaching is responsible for applying for the permit for you if you do not hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate. If you are employed by a third party substitute teacher employment agency, it is the agency's responsibility to have the district/school apply for the substitute permit for you.
- When will my college/university be able to
recommend me for certification?
Your college/university will be able to approve and recommend your
application for certification to the MDE at any time after you submit the application via MOECS.
- Why do I have to register with the Michigan
Education Information System (MEIS)?
MEIS is used as an authentication system and you are required to
apply for a MEIS account first to access MOECS. You will be using the same
Login Name and Password that you created in MEIS to access MOECS. You will
also be required to key in your MEIS account number during self-registration
- When and where do I create a MEIS account?
You can create a MEIS account any time.
You can create your MEIS account by visiting
- What options do I have to make payments for my
certification or permit?
You will only be able to make a payment using a credit or debit card.
- I don't have a credit/debit card. What are my
MDE/OPPS does not accept any other mode of
payment except credit or debit card. If you do not have a credit/debit card
that has a logo of VISA or Master Card, we recommend you use a pre-paid card
with the VISA or Master Card logo, which can be purchased at a number of
retail establishments (i.e., gas stations, grocery stores etc.).
- I am currently certified by Michigan
Deptartment of Education and my certificate will be expiring on June 30.
How do I renew my certificate?
You renew your certificate by logging into MOECS, updating your personal information, and following the application steps. Before you can log on to MOECS, you will need to create a MEIS account and self-register. Please refer to the information provided above for instructions on how to create a MEIS account and self-register with MOECS.
- I completed my teacher preparation program at
a college/university outside the State of Michigan. How do I apply for a
Michigan teaching certificate?
You will need to create a MEIS account and self-register before you
can apply for certification. (See instructions above for creating a MEIS
account and self-registering.)
- This is my first year of teaching in
Michigan. I hold a valid teaching certificate from another state and have
applied for a Michigan teaching certificate. I was issued a Michigan
Temporary Teacher Employment Authorization and need to pass the Michigan Test
for Teacher Certification Professional Readiness Exam (PRE)and my content area test to be
issued my Michigan Provisional Teaching certificate. Do I need to
self-register with MOECS and apply for the Michigan Provisional Teaching
No. If you already applied for a Michigan teaching certificate and you have been issued a Temporary Teacher Employment Authorization, your Provisional Teaching certificate will be issued once the MDE receives verification of passing test scores.
District/Schools Questions and Answers
- How will teachers who are applying for their
professional education certificate verify the three years of teaching
An experience report form is available on the MOECS site in the
"Forms" link. However, if the teacher completed his/her additional coursework
or master's degree through a Michigan college/university, the teacher should
check with that college/university to determine if the experience report form
on MOECS is the experience report form that the college/university is using to
verify the three years of successful teaching experience. (Some Michigan
colleges/universities do not use the experience report form that is on MOECS
and have their own process for verifying the three years of successful
- Our district/school contracts with a private
third party employment agency to supply our substitute teachers, and the
employment agency applies for substitute permits on behalf of our
district/school. Are these private employment agencies able to apply for permits through MOECS?
Third party employment agencies can only apply for substitute permits on
behalf of a district/school if the Superintendent/Administrator of the
district/school provides written verification to MDE that they are authorizing
the person who works for the private employment agency to apply for substitute
permits as a representative of that district/school. The agency employee must
have a MEIS account number and must submit a security agreement form, signed
by the district/school superintendent/administrator. In addition, the
authorization letter from the district/school superintendent/administrator
must be attached to the security agreement form. (District/school users are able to obtain a copy of the MEIS security agreement form from the OPPS
- Our charter school contracts with a management
company for our teachers, substitute teachers, and administrators. Will the
management company be able to apply for our charter school's permits/annual
vocational authorizations through the MOECS?
Yes. However, the individual that works for the management company who
will apply for permits/annual vocational authorizations on behalf of your
charter school must have a MEIS account and must submit the security agreement
form to receive authorization to access MOECS.
- Will a school district/school, substitute
teacher employment agency, or charter school management company be able to
make payment on behalf of the applicant?
Yes. Districts/schools, substitute teacher employment agencies that have
authorization to access MOECS, and charter school management companies will be
able to pay permit/annual vocational authorization fees through MOECS using a
credit or debit card.