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Special Education endorsement - how it works

The Special Education endorsement track is available for educators who already hold an interim, standard or professional teacher certification in the state of Michigan. The program features 12 months of intensive coaching and curriculum, followed by 3 additional years of coaching and support under your interim license. Here, you'll find everything you need to know about the process of applying, getting admitted, and getting started, as well as some key details about our curriculum and learning models. This program is more than learning content. It's building skills, practicing peer mentoring, getting real-time feedback from experts and more - so that when you step into a classroom, you're not just a teacher - you're a rock star.

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Apply today

The eligibility checklist is simple: if you hold a Bachelor's degree, a passion for educating children, and are seeking a program that offers an immersive, collaborative network of colleagues. Apply now!

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Admission & Orientation

Once you're accepted into the program, you'll get connected with our coaches, processes and digital program community. 

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Placement confirmation & app for full year permit

You will receive your school placement, and apply for a full-year permit in that role.

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Coaching & curriculum (12 months)

Our program offers a residency-based model, where you'll spend your apprenticeship learning research-supported, leading curriculum, applying those concepts while teaching in the classroom, and getting real-time feedback from expert coaches and fellow program participants. 

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Pass the MTTC & issuance of Interim Endorsement

To move forward with your endorsement, all candidates must show evidence of passing the MI Test for Teacher Certification. Our program offers unique coahcing and resources to help you pass with flying colors. Once completed, you will be awarded your Interim Endorsement for Special Education.

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Cohort network support (3 years, by law)

During your three year program, you'll be required to take a minimum of 16 hours in enrichment courses and have the opportunity to engage with peers our exclusive digital learning network. 

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Full certification! 

After completing year three of teaching within the program, (meeting the requirements of effective teaching), you'll be recommended for standard certification. 

Special Education Endorsement Pricing

Our program coordinators work with you one-on-one to determine your specific pricing and to talk through payment options. The program costs $11,500, but there are available scholarship opportunities, tuition reimbursements, etc. Here's what that gets you:

  • Coursework and programming that meets the dynamic needs of special education
  • Expert support and coaching 
  • A digital learning platform and administrative structure that ensures you are well-supported, connected to coaches, and immersed in a learning experience 
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Why choose alternative certification? 

We believe that great education is rooted in one thing: passion, and that many people can help us address the teacher shortage while also discovering a new career that gives back in the most important way - making a difference in a student's life. 

Discover 5 amazing teachers who chose alt cert