The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) test is designed to ensure that all teachers recruited to teach in Michigan schools are properly qualified. This test was created from a legislative act, described in section 1531 of Public Act 451 (1976) later amended by successive acts. This test is the only test which can qualify a person to teach in Michigan schools as of now.
These tests are objective based and criterion referenced. By objective based it means that the questions are driven by specific objectives. Criterion referenced means that the performance of the candidate is measured against a standard performance (criterion).
There are certain basic requirements for enrolling in student teaching programs. The basic requirements are as follows:
Elementary Level Certification: The candidate should pass the Basic Skills test and the Elementary Education test. For teaching particular subjects in grades 6 to 8, the candidate should pass the respective subject-area tests.
Secondary-Level Certification: Here, as in the Elementary Level Certification, the candidate should have Basic Skill test and the corresponding subject for that particular area.
The above-mentioned tests are also mandatory for out of state candidates as well. There are a few exceptions to this rule which are:
The system of ranking in the MTTC test is a unique one. The scoring is done in terms of ‘+’ signs. There are one to four ‘+’ signs given in each subject, + indicating that few or none were answered correctly and ++++ meaning that most of the questions were answered correctly. This is then converted into an integral number, 220 being the minimum score to pass the exam.