On the Rise Academy: Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility, Application Process, and Cost
Who is eligible for the On the Rise Academy?
On the Rise Academy offers two different routes to teacher certification:
- Fellows: This route is for aspiring teachers who currently hold a BA with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.95, seeking initial teacher certification.
- Continuing Teachers: This route is for certified teachers who are seeking an additional endorsement in Special Education (Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment)
Are non-employees eligible to apply?
Yes, but the District’s primary goal is to develop current employees.
What is the cost to participants?
There will be no costs to apply or enroll in the program. Tuition will be $6,000 for Fellows and $5,000 for Continuing Teachers, however, candidates who commit to teaching in DPSCD beyond the completion of the program will have the opportunity to have tuition forgiven and complete On the Rise Academy for free.
I am currently enrolled in another Michigan Department of Education (MDE) approved Alternative Route to Certification Program, am I able to transfer to DPSCD’s On the Rise Academy?
Transfer candidates will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be eligible for On the Rise Academy. If you are interested in being considered for transfer from another program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
How are participants selected into the program?
The rigorous, multi-phase selection process includes an application with essay questions, initial interview via phone or Microsoft Teams, and final selection event that includes a demonstration lesson and panel interview. Fellows must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) before Institute starts and Continuing Teachers must pass the MTTC for the certification they are pursuing before they can be hired as a teacher in that certification area.
Are DPSCD employees guaranteed admission into the program?
Our second cohort of On the Rise Academy Fellows and first cohort of Continuing Teachers will be relatively small so unfortunately, we cannot accept all applicants and while we are focused on current employees to participate, admission is not guaranteed.
Training and Coaching
How will DPSCD support candidates in passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)?
Fellows must pass the MTTC in the certification area prior to Pre-Service Institute (June 2022). The District is providing access to online preparation materials, including an e-library that includes practice tests and flashcards through Mometrix's (MDE's recommended vendor for MTTC preparation). The e-library can be accessed through the "Mometrix E-library" quick link found here. Once admitted and enrolled into the program, participants will have access to additional resources including live test-taking workshops to help participants understand the test format and general test taking strategies, weekly small group study sessions, and content-specific workshops.
How will participants be trained, coached, and mentored?
On the Rise Academy uses a practice-based model of teacher preparation that immerses participants in authentic-field based experiences to support rapid learning and development. Participants will receive 1:1 and small group coaching that is differentiated to meet participants’ needs. Refer to this page for a detailed overview of our training model, including required coursework and field experiences for Fellows and Continuing Teachers.
What are the time commitments for Fellows during Pre-Service Institute?
Our tentative Pre-Service Institute dates are June 27, 2022 to August 12, 2022. A detailed schedule will be provided to participants by late May. Fellows should plan on attending face to face skill building sessions and field experiences daily from approximately 8:00am to 4:30pm, with designated time for lunch.
Will Fellows be paid during Pre-Service Institute?
Yes, Fellows will be paid during training at a rate of $19.27/hour and will be eligible for benefits during Institute. Fellows who pass the MTTC, complete all required Institute coursework, and pass the Institute performance screen will be recommended for the Interim Teaching Certificate through MDE and promoted to a contract teaching position for the 2022-2023 school year where they will earn the new starting salary for certified teachers of $51,071.
What certificate(s) can participants earn?
Fellows will earn the Interim Teaching Certificate after passing the Institute performance screen. They will earn the Standard Teaching Certificate after completing certification coursework and successfully teaching for three years. Continuing Teachers will earn an Interim Certificate after passing the MTTC for their certification area and meeting entry requirements. The Interim Certificate will convert to an endorsement on the Standard or Professional certificate upon completion of coursework and passage of the performance screen.
What content areas can participants earn certification in?
Fellows can earn Michigan certification in Elementary K-5 (ZG), Integrated Science (DI), Mathematics (EX), Cognitive Impairment (SA), Emotional Impairment (SE) and Learning Disabilitities (SM). Continuing Teachers can earn endorsements in Cognitive Impairment (SA) and Emotional Impairment (SE). We may consider adding additional certification areas in future years, dependent on our teacher pipeline needs.
Will participants be eligible for hire at all DPSCD schools?
During the program’s second year, participants will be eligible for hire at a subset of schools to ensure we can provide intense supports to participants and host schools. We will likely expand the number of eligible schools in future years.
Are Fellows guaranteed a teaching job?
All Fellows who pass Institute will be offered a teaching position for the 2022-2023 school year.
Once hired as teachers, are participants required to remain at DPSCD for a certain number of years?
Participants must remain at DPSCD for a minimum of three years and meet all program requirements to be recommended for the Standard Teaching Certificate. Participants must remain employed at DPSCD for at least three additional years beyond the three required for the Standard Teaching Certificate (for a total of six years) as a contract teacher in their certification area to have all program tuition forgiven. Participants will not be required to pay any costs up front.
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