Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

The Michigan Test(s) for Teacher Certification (MTTC) are required for all candidates who want to obtain Michigan teacher certification.  Candidates are required to pass tests designed by the State of Michigan to ensure that certified teachers have the basic skills and content area knowledge to teach effectively in the State of Michigan.

When registering for the MTTC be sure to select "Wayne State University (31)" as a "College or University to Receive Scores." Upon completion of the examination Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, the MTTC testing agency, will furnish all scores directly to Wayne State University.

We advise that you should not consider taking the subject area MTTC tests until you have completed at least 90% of the coursework required for the teaching endorsement you are seeking.

MTTC Testing Information

Subject Area Resources

Below there are subject-area resources available to students and the College of Education can provide you with additional resources, by completing this survey.

  • MTTC - Subject Area Specific (Information about tests, including when and where you can take the test, and access preparation materials).
  • Science Education:
    • The tests usually cover the basic information in a content area and going over a freshman biology, chemistry or physics textbook and relearning the concepts related to the specific test objectives will maximize the chances of succeeding.  Below are a few links to online textbooks.
  • Social Studies:
    • The below information is information for the Social Studies or any of the four single content MTTC tests, Economics History or Political Science and is valuable for successful completed of the test. 
      • Complete all content area course work before taking the MTTC test.
      • Take the MTTC test as soon as possible after finishing all of your content area course work.
      • Plan on studying at least one hour per day for at least two (2) months.
      • Talk to other students who have taken the test for background information.
      • Keep current on current events.
      • Concepts are more important than memorizing facts.
      • Pearson publishes books and writes the MTTC, so their books on social studies methods for either elementary or secondary are recommended.  Example: Social Studies in Elementary Education by Walter C. Parker [14th Ed.].
      • Review the for Dummies books, i.e. World History for Dummies.
      • Review Am. history, read Howard Zinn's, A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present.
      • For Political Science, know government types and the Constitutions of both U.S. & Michigan.
      • For Economics know basic macro & micro concepts.
      • For Geography know capitals, imports, exports and the Five Themes of Geography.
      • For Michigan know the history and politics.
      • Take the PRAXIS sample tests online & read their advice (similar to the MTTC).
      • For visual learners, watch as much of the History Channel & PBS (Ch. 56) as possible when they cover topics which are in the MTTC Objectives. For Political Science, know government types and the Constitutions of both Michigan & U.S.

The College of Education anticipates that it will need to provide its faculty and staff members within the College with access to the certification test scores of its students so that these individuals can perform the functions of their job responsibilities, which include advising the students.

These test scores are "education records" as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 20 U.S.C. §  1232g et seq., 34 CFR  Part  99  et seq., as well as FERPA regulations. FERPA provides that any "school official" who has a "legitimate educational interest" in this information may obtain the information provided he/she needs the information in order to perform the functions of his/her job responsibilities for the University.

As a result, any faculty or staff member within the College of Education who needs access to a College of Education student's test scores in order to full his or her professional responsibilities for the University may obtain that information since they are "school official" who has "legitimate educational interests" in the information. However, such individuals cannot share this information with anyone who falls outside of the role of a "school official" for the College of Education.