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    Become a Certified Teacher in Detroit Public Schools Community District

    Are you interested in teaching K-5 Elementary, Secondary Math, Secondary Integrated Science or Special Education?

    Apply to On the Rise Academy, the only District-led Alternative Route to Certification program in Michigan. 

  • The Fellow application for the On the Rise Academy is now closed. If you are interested in becoming a part of the third cohort, the application will open December 2022.  The application for Continuing Teachers interested in a Special Education endorsement is now closed.
    On the Rise Academy provides two routes to teacher certification: 

    Aspiring teachers who will earn initial certification in Elementary (K-5), Secondary Mathematics, Secondary Integrated Science, Special Education (Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment, or Learning Disabilities).

    Currently certified teachers seeking to add a Special Education (Cognitive Impairment or Emotional Impairment), Secondary Mathematics or Secondary Integrated Science endorsement to a valid Michigan teaching certificate.

    On the Rise Academy is:   


    Focused on recruiting candidates from Detroit. 


    Reflects the diversity of our students and inspires profession 


    Candidates who complete the program and teach in DPSCD for six years will have program tuition forgiven.  


    Training, coaching, and coursework is aligned to DPSCD’s Vision of Excellent Instruction. 


    Training includes authentic, practice-based experiences, regular feedback, and multiple performance screens. 

     Interested candidates must:  

    • Possess a bachelor’s degree or higher 
    • Have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.95 
    • Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification upon acceptance (tutoring and preparation materials available)  
    • Continuing Teachers only: Possess a valid Michigan standard teacher certification. 

    Fellows and Continuing Teachers who complete initial training requirements and obtain the Interim Teaching Certificate are eligible for the District’s new starting salary of $51,071 and can teach full-time during the 2022-23 school year while completing additional coursework 

    Learn more about our training model here.  


    Email info.otr@detroitk12.org with questions