New MDE Program Encouraging Former Educators to Recertify
With an ongoing teacher shortage, the Michigan Department of Education came up with a way to get educators back in the classroom.
“One idea that was brought forth to invite teachers who’s certification has lapsed to consider reentering the teaching field,” said Clare Gladwin Regional Education Service District Superintendent Sheryl Presler.
That idea became the Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educator Program.
Clare Gladwin RESD is a participating district.
“Many of our positions we just frankly do not have any applicants,” said Presler. “This is one way that we felt that we could encourage people who let their certification lapse.”
For educators to recertify, they need to complete 150 hours of professional development.
Educators can enroll for these courses for $100 a year until they’ve been hired full time.
“I think sometimes when people are considering coming back into the field, they’re overwhelmed by the requirements to become recertified,” said Presler. “With this program, many of those requirements are waived depending on how long a person taught before certification expired.”
The district is looking for a school psychologist, a speech therapist, and a sign language interpreter, and have had some luck filling those positions with this program.
“I think we as a society have to think about the value educators have and just remember that it’s a noble profession,” said Presler. “It’s helping develop our very important resource of young people.”
Former educators who are interested in this program can contact the MDE or their local school district to find out their eligibility.