April 26, 2021

MDE Announces Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educators Campaign

In support of Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan to increase the number of certified teachers in critical shortage areas, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is excited to announce the Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educators (PMEs) campaign.

The Welcome Back PME campaign reduces or eliminates the barrier that professional learning hours pose to recertification of individuals who left the profession or who never entered the profession but who obtained their certification at some point, and who have not had the opportunity to receive district-provided professional development.

With the authority vested in him by MCL 380.1231(3) and Executive Order 1996-12, the Superintendent of Public Instruction is making available for local education agencies (LEAs), both traditional public school districts and public school academies (PSAs), a waiver process to allow for the re-entry into the profession of formerly certificated individuals.

To access this waiver process, a school superintendent or PSA director must request a waiver for each educator that he/she is interested in hiring. The waiver request application tool will adjust the request to meet the unique needs of each educator, based on years of service and years since certification expiration, to allow for employment in academic year 2021-22.

Read the full memo here.