As requested, Michigan Virtual has recently enrolled multiple learners in Essential Early Literacy courses within the Professional Learning Portal. Learners were sent an email containing information about the course and a link to the Professional Learning Portal. This document describes how to access the dashboard and course content.


  1. First, select the link to access the Professional Learning Portal.
  2. Next, access the dashboard by following the Login instructions.
  3. As a result, one or more Essential Early Literacy courses will appear in the Active Courses module.
    The Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: K-3 Essential 1 course appears as a tile within the Active Courses module on the user dashboard. An arrow points to this tile.
  4. At this point, tap the appropriate linked course name to open the content in a new window. Then begin the course by selecting Getting Started within the left navigation menu and tapping the first linked topic name.
    The Getting Started page is shown with directions and welcome information. Arrows point to the "Getting Started" option on the left menu and to the first linked topic below the Getting Started Introduction paragraph.
  5. Continue to the next topic by tapping the next button at the top or bottom of the page.

    An Image of the topic item titled "Introduction to the Early Literacy Essentials Modules" is shown with an arrow pointing to the Previous and Next buttons shown at the top of the page.
  6. When navigating the course, links contain a descriptive text to explain the type of link being selected. Links can be either a “Web Page”, “Assignment”, “Content Object”, “PDF Document” or “Word Document”. Links that display “Content Object”, will open in a new window.
    Note: A message may appear, select Review Content to simply examine work completed, or select Retake Content to repeat the attempt at completing the course. If pop-up blockers are enabled, this window may not open. Pop-ups must be allowed to access content.
    Message reads: It looks like you have previously viewed this content. If you choose to Review, no grades will be altered. If you choose to retake your previous grade may change to the newest one. There are two buttons below, Review Content and Retake Content.
    If you are returning another message may appear that states “Would you like to resume where you left off?” Tap the Yes or No button as appropriate. When you are completed with viewing the materials the only way to return to the course content is to close the window.
    The Chrome browser is showing three tabs. The third tab is the Literacy Essentials webpage. An arrow points to the X within the tab for the purpose of showing how to close it.
  7. Once the course has been finished, learners can view or print the Completion Certificate.

Additional Information:

Learners who are registered for more than one course can toggle between courses using the waffle icon at the top of the page.
An image of the course selector (waffle grid shaped icon) is shown with an arrow pointing to it on the Course Navigation Page. Another arrow points to the course options available.

Last updated on December 9, 2020

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.