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Future Proud Michigan Educators: Staffing Explore Programs
Future Proud Michigan Educator (PME): Explore is a course designed to raise student awareness of educational strategies, systems and professions. Students will examine issues that affect their education, including personal and systemic influences. Through classroom assignments and clinical experiences, students in grades 6-12 will analyze teaching and learning practices as they experience mentorship and participatory learning.
A Future PME Explore Program invites students to consider educator professions through a combination of direct instruction and clinical experiences. Districts may refer to the Future PME Explore Program Design Models guidance when designing a program that fits their needs. Districts may develop and staff their own course for students to complete or make use of the course offered through Michigan Virtual. All Future PME Explore offerings will meet the student competencies for the course, regardless of instructional model. Districts looking to offer courses that qualify as career and technical education courses may contact the Office of Career and Technical Education for guidance.
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The Future PME Explore Program Design Model selected by the district will drive staffing requirements:
- Exploratory: A certified teacher with any endorsement is the teacher of record who provides the instruction.
- Clinically Focused:
- Virtual - A certified teacher with any endorsement is the teacher of record who provides the instruction. Alternatively, the course can be staffed with an individual working under a valid substitute teaching permit that also meets course-specific staffing criteria.
- Out-of-School Time - A certified teacher with any endorsement is the teacher of record who provides the instruction.
- Peer-to-Peer - A certified teacher with any endorsement is the teacher of record who provides the instruction. This teacher would also need to hold a certification in the subject/grade level of the pupil’s clinical experience placement.
- Flipped - A certified teacher with any endorsement is the teacher of record who provides the instruction. This teacher would also need to hold a certification in the subject/grade level of the pupil’s clinical experience placement.
- Content Focused: A certified teacher holding the appropriate endorsement for the content area and grade level is the teacher of record who provides the instruction.
- Career Focused: Guidance is provided by the Office of Career and Technical Education.
Detailed guidance by model can be found in the Pupil Accounting Manual, section 6C.
Future PME Explore Clinical Mentors are required to hold the appropriate grade level and content area endorsement for the classroom where the mentoring takes place. For example, if the students in the Future PME Explore course are completing their clinical experience in a classroom for 10th grade algebra, the clinical mentor teacher assigned would be required to hold a Mathematics (EX) endorsement for the grade level at which the course is being offered.
Districts are encouraged to select instructors and mentors whom they consider to demonstrate enthusiasm and reverence for the teaching profession, as specified in the Identifying Course Instructors guidance. Districts may refer to the Quick Reference: Courses That Can be Taught guidance when determining the appropriate endorsement for a course.
When a certified teacher is not available for the assignment, the district may staff the course using a combination of a substitute teaching permit and relevant expertise. Relevant expertise is considered to be one (or more) of the following:
- Previous teaching experience and an expired teaching certificate
- Experience as a teacher educator (i.e., faculty, supervisor, instructor)
- Completion of teacher preparation coursework (student teachers)
- Previous teaching experience and a teaching certificate in another state
- Completion of the professional learning modules relevant to this course
In the Registry of Educational Personnel (REP) the instructor should be coded with the assignment code “Future Michigan Educator – 000ME). The clinical mentor should be coded for the assignment in which they are teaching (e.g., Mathematics (000EX), K-8 Self-Contained Classroom (000ZG)). For specific questions about reporting, please contact CEPI@Michigan.gov.