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 clasrooms.



  • You must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.95 GPA. (If the criteria of 2.95 GPA cannot be met, applications will still be accepted for consideration of an alternative qualification methodology.)
  • Prior to acceptance, you must show evidence of meeting the Basic Skills Test criteria and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification for all endorsement areas. Costs of these tests are not included in the program fee.
  • You must pass a criminal history background check. 


  • Program participants will immediately receive an Interim Teaching License upon acceptance, kicking off a year-long apprenticeship that leads to standard teacher certification after three years of effective teaching.
  • Tuition scholarships may be avilable through host charter schools.
  • Candidates are assigned a well-qualified coach AND mentor to offer support throughout the program. 
  • Participating charter schools are mission-focused, offering a reflective culture of practice and strong educator support.


Your first year in this teacher alternative certification and endorsement program will include a combination of 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.



Understanding today's classroom

Student focused instruction

The Charter School Difference 

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