Professional Innovators in Teaching

Discover your alternative pathway to Michigan teacher certification and additional endorsement.


Advancing your teaching career starts today

Professional Innovators in Teaching is a state-approved Michigan alternative teacher certification program designed to inspire success through innovative real-time coaching and cohort-based instruction. Upon program acceptance, candidates receive an interim teaching certificate and are placed immediately as a classroom teacher. Host schools invest in the development and advancement of each candidate to provide continued support throughout the path to standard teacher certification.  We believe in giving you the tools you need to reach your goals, starting with this core foundation:

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We value teaching as a profession

Our program is set up to match candidates with their ideal school, based on mission and innovation as a critical platform that enables full integration into school culture. The structure is focused on experience in the classroom and real-time instructional coaching and mentoring. We place significant value on the support structure of the cohort, creating a network of professionalism in which everybody is involved in candidate development, including school leadership, teacher mentors, PLC leaders, and coaches. Our curriculum is paced in a way that allows for exposure, coaching and practice to individualized growth plans.


We boast dynamic and accomplished faculty, who are eager to share best practices, innovation & new strategies.


We foster meaningful relationships between innovative educators, encouraging idea sharing and creativity.


We cultivate long-term, broad-spectrum educator growth, as well as specific development in key instructional areas.


We work together to identify common student challenges, analyze relevant data, and test out new instructional approaches

Interested in the program? 

Professional Innovators in Teaching is a state-approved, full-year apprenticeship model that leads to a standard teacher certification in Michigan. Through this post-baccalaureate program, candidates learn to teach by teaching in mission-focused public charter schools. Find out the program details and requirements.

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