The most effective teachers teach from the heart.

Invest in quality teachers for your school 

Do you have an incredible school staff person who simply doesn't have the financial or time capability to pursue traditional teacher certification? If so, this program is for you. The Professional Innovators in Teaching alternative certification and endorsement program supports passionate educators within your school to obtain proper credentials, immediately allowing you to fill high-need positions and prioritizing real-time instruction without taking teachers out of the classroom. Host charter schools can identify and promote an individual within your building who has talent within your team or apply to be matched with a quality candidate aligned to your mission. We recommend providing scholarships covering the cost of tuition in addition to a competitive teaching salary for all candidates. In return, charter schools add a dedicated teacher to their team who is learning and sharing best practices, innovative strategies, and new knowledge from leading education professionals. 



  • Charter schools must provide a candidate-assigned mentor, who has achieved a highly-effective rating as part of Michigan’s educator evaluation system;  demonstrated experience as a mentor and evidence of success in the role is preferred and a novice in the position must be supported by an experienced mentor for the first year.
  • Charter school culture and climate must provide evidence of significant student achievement in classrooms of at-risk students and possess a willingness and commitment of learning aspects of leadership and effective feedback and dialogue. 
    • Each host school must submit a Letter of Commitment to the values and principles of the program.
  • Charter schools must have a strong culture of engagement connected to their mission and vision.
  • Host schools must create individualized development plans for each candidate, aligned to data collected from observation and coaching as part of a comprehensive educator evaluation system.
  • It is recommended that charter schools provide scholarships to cover the cost of tuition in addition to a competitive teaching salary.
  • Host school must run background check on each candidate placed within the district


  • Program participants will immediately receive an Interim Teaching License upon acceptance, kicking off a year-long apprenticeship that leads to provisional teachers certification and standard teacher certification after three years of effective teaching
  • Candidates are assigned a well-qualified cohort coach who sits external to the host school, offering support throughout the program. 
  • The unique three-year structure is created to provide ongoing support and connection to help reinvigorate the love of teaching in education.


Candidates' 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 their first year in the program, they will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly cohort network meetings. These meetings will provide a valuable network of their peers to support them in what we know to be the hardest time of their career as they become a seasoned and highly-effective teacher who loves their job.





The Charter School Difference 

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