Office of Educator Excellence - 313-0140-18

Description of Agency

The Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE’s) Office of Educator Excellence (OEE) supports the educational achievement of Michigan youth, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, by ensuring that all professional school personnel complete quality preparation and professional development programs which meet standards established by the Michigan Legislature and the State Board of Education. OEE is also responsible for the certification, endorsement, and permitting processes for teachers, administrators, counselors, and psychologists and for the implementation of Michigan’s educator evaluation program. There were approximately 107,000 teachers and 12,000 school administrators working in Michigan schools during the 2017-18 school year.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the sufficiency of OEE’s oversight of required district provided professional development and mentoring for teachers.

  2. To assess the sufficiency of OEE’s oversight of required evaluations for teachers and school administrators.

  3. To assess the effectiveness of OEE’s efforts to ensure that certificates, endorsements, licenses, authorizations, and permits are only issued to educators who comply with State requirements.

  4. To assess the effectiveness of selected MDE user access controls over the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).


Estimated Release Date: February 2021

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