Program Candidate FAQ's


I do not currently work in a charter school. Can I still participate in the program?

Yes. We welcome all candidates!  We work closely with candidates and host schools to find a match between passion and vision. The goal of Professional Innovators in Teaching is to create pathways for individuals who hold the values known of great educators to start a successful career in education!

Who would be a great candidate for the Professional Innovators in Teaching program?

We have found that the most successful candidates and future leaders in education are individuals who embrace a growth mindset for continuous development, value constructive feedback, are steadfast in their passion to help every child achieve against the highest expectations, are committed to collaboration and shared responsibility and recognize the importance of meaningful relationships with kiddos that come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own unique story.

What makes the Professional Innovators in Teaching program different than others?

We value teaching as a profession! Our program is setup to allow for true integration into a unique culture that relies on a match around mission as a critical foundation. Our program structure is focused on 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. Everybody involved, inclusive of school leadership, teacher mentors, PLC leaders, and coaches approach the experience around shared values. Our curriculum is paced in a way that allows for exposure, coaching and practice to individualized growth plans.

Is there a cost to the program?

Yes. The cost of the program is $7,500. Candidates should consult with their school for options on tuition reimbursement or support. Additionally, candidates are eligible for a full-time teacher salary which is determined by each individual school. 

How long does it take to obtain a teacher certification or endorsement?

Upon acceptance into the program, an interim certificate is issued by the Michigan Department of Education. Candidates must complete the full program to maintain certification. The program is inclusive of an initial year of intense coursework followed by two years of professional learning cohort participation. After three years of effective ratings, candidates will be recommended for standard certification.

What is the average salary for first year teachers in Michigan?

On average, first year teacher salaries in Michigan range between $32-$35K. Charter schools are mission focused and offer cultures of collaboration and opportunity for personal growth.

What areas of endorsement are offered?

Please visit this full list of offered endorsement areas. 

Where are classes held?

Each cohort will be established within a defined geographic area. Classes will be held within that area for convenience of all candidates.

What geographic areas will host cohorts? 

At this time, we are confident in the development of a Southeast Michigan cohort.  Based on applications received, we will determine the ability to offer other geographic cohorts for this initial year. For the 2019-20 school year, multiple cohorts around the state will be formed.