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I want to make a difference in students' lives.



Make a smart decision for your K12 career

The Professional Innovators in Teaching program is a unique pathway that prepares you for your next step in your career. Through a cohort network of collegues and education professionals, educators grow and learn right inside charter school classrooms.

program requirements

Bachelor's Degree

You must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.95 GPA. 

Background Check

You must pass a criminal history background check to be admitted into the Professional Innovators in Teaching program.

Basic Skills


Prior to acceptance, you must show evidence of meeting the Basic Skills Test criteria and pass the MI Test for Teacher Certification for all endorsement areas. 

Program Details

Your first year in this teacher alternative certification and endorsement program will include a combination of in-person and online facilitated learning through workshop training, real-time classroom instruction, and ongoing feedback from your cohort coach. After successful completion of your first year in the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly cohort network meetings. These meetings will provide a valuable network of your peers to support you in what we know to be the hardest time of your career as you become a seasoned and highly- effective teacher who loves your job.

Foundations in teaching & learning

Developing effective teaching approach

Understanding today's classroom

Student-focused instruction

Program perks

Interim Teaching License

Program participants will immediately receive an Interim Teaching License upon acceptance, kicking off a year-long apprenticeship.

Tuition Scholarships

Tuition scholarships may be available through host charter schools.

Coach &     Mentor

Candidates are assigned a well-qualified coach AND mentor to offer support throughout the program.

A focus on mission

Participating charter schools are mission-focused, offering a reflective culture of practice and strong educator support.

Candidate FAQs

Get answers to our most common program questions.

View the program schedule

Learn about the application period and specific program dates.
Program schedule

Apply to the program

Start transforming your career and pursuing your passion for education today by applying for the program. A maximum 15 candidates per cohort will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cohort locations include Lansing, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Detroit.

Applications are now closed, and will re-open for the January 2020 Cohort in early July. 

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