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    Become a Certified Teacher in Detroit Public Schools Community District

    On the Rise Academy is DPSCD’s alternate route to teacher certification program which prepares aspiring and continuing teachers for success in the classroom.  


  • On the Rise Academy offers two routes to teacher certification or additional endorsement: Fellow and Continuing Teacher   


  • The Fellow application for Cohort 4 closed on February 16, 2024. The Fellow application for Cohort 5 will open in fall 2024.
    The Continuing Teacher application is now open until April 1, 2024.


    On the Rise Academy – Continuing Teacher Route 



    Talent Pipelines is excited to announce that the application for On the Rise Academy’s Continuing Teacher route is now open for candidates seeking to add a Secondary Mathematics (6-12), Secondary Integrated Science (6-12), or Cognitive Impairment endorsement to an existing certification.  This route is for teachers who currently hold a valid teaching certificate; candidates must hold a standard teaching certificate or higher to be eligible. On the Rise Academy – the first district-based alternative route program in Michigan – is a critical piece of our Exceptional Talent priority to ensure that all our students have the teachers they deserve. While the program does have a tuition cost for participants, all candidates who are accepted and continue teaching in DPSCD for six years will have their tuition forgiven making the program entirely free.   


    The Continuing Teacher application is now open until April 1, 2024. Interested candidates should apply at https://careers.detroitk12.org/. Select "Teaching" and then search for the “On the Rise Academy Continuing Teacher” position. The items listed below must be uploaded and submitted in your online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please do not submit a cover letter.  

    • Resume (additional attachment)
    • Unofficial Transcript(s)
    • Final Thrive Evaluation Rating for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Final Thrive Evaluation Rating for the 2022-2023 school year 


    The On the Rise Academy team is hosting a virtual informational session on March 19th from 4:00-5:00pm to provide more details about the program. Register for an informational session here! We hope to see you there!  


    The program commences with admissions coursework. Continuing Teachers must complete coursework and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) before moving into their Continuing Teacher endorsement position. The 3-year program offers a rigorous training model that includes coursework, supervised field experience and multiple performance screens. Continuing Teachers who complete all program requirements, including passing performance screens, will be recommended for a standard teaching certificate with the appropriate endorsement after their third year of effective teaching. The program is $6,000, though tuition will be forgiven for participants who remain teaching in DPSCD in their certification area for a minimum of 6 years. 


    If you have any questions, please email the On the Rise Academy team at info.otr@detroitk12.org.