Professional Innovators in Teaching is a three-year Michigan alternative teacher certification and endorsement program. Alternative certification candidates learn about teaching through real-time experience teaching in a classroom. Additional endorsement candidates gain additional expertise by leading a classroom within their desired focus. This program offers a unique experiential opportunity to learn by doing.
All candidates are supported through a professional network over the 36-month program. Candidates participate in professional development seminars and trainings that are rooted in real-time experience and feedback. Professional Innovators in Teaching is a Michigan Department of Education approved program of study that meets all requirements for earning a Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate and approved endorsements.
Professional Innovators in Teaching seeks to build strong networks of candidates sharing the same experiences at the same time through a model of facilitated learning. The program includes educators seeking certification in grades K-12 and endorsements as allowable by Michigan law. The coursework is relevant and customizable to each candidate's needs and teaching interests.
The program builds upon the autonomy and innovative best practices of Michigan's charter schools. It’s a philosophy adaptable to any geographic area and any educational mission, lending itself to a steady supply of effective teachers committed to the profession.
Candidates have access to a cohort coach that offers feedback and support, as well as a mentor who works within the school to offer more direct and regular guidance.
Candidates will have access to professional development opportunities, academic resources, and instructional strategies which they can apply to their classroom immediately.
Candidates will be the lead teacher in a classroom aligned to their area of endorsement through this experiential approach to alternative certification, giving them competitive experience.
Candidates will receive regular and timely feedback on their approach, which will drive continuous improvement and preparation for their future teaching career.