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What are the eligibility requirements for the MI Future Educator Stipend?
- Be admitted in an eligible Educator Preparation Program (EPP) approved by Michigan's State Board of Education.
- Be working towards initial teacher certification.
- Be participating full-time in a required student teaching experience, meeting one of the following parameters:
- Full-time enrollment in required student teaching coursework.
- 300 or more student contact hours while student teaching.
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
- Be in an unpaid student teaching position in a Michigan public school district or a public school academy.
- A student is considered 'paid' if they are receiving consistent pay for their student teacher experience, whether they are paid by the school district or a third-party substitute teaching servicer, or if they are receiving a lump sum payment for their student teaching experience.
- Students who occasionally substitute teach for their mentor teachers or within their student teaching school district are considered 'unpaid' and eligible for the MI Future Educator Stipend. Students who complete at least 300 student contact hours in an unpaid capacity meet the 'unpaid' parameter.
- Not received the MI Future Educator Student Teacher Stipend before, unless your program specifically requires more than one semester of student teaching.
When should I apply for the Stipend
You should apply when you have finalized your student teaching placement. Fall 2023-24 applications are now available.
- Applications for the 2022-23 academic year deadline is July 15, 2023.
- Applications for the 2023-24 academic year deadline is July 15, 2024.
How do I apply for the MI Future Educator Stipend?
- Create an account on the MiSSG Student Portal.
- Complete the application in the MiSSG Student Portal for MI Future Educator Stipend.
- Application Deadline: July 15, 2023
- For 2023-24 applications, complete the MI Future Stipend Verification Form through the MiSSG Student Portal Account.
- Institutions will be contacted to confirm student eligibility.
What is an Educator Preparation Program (EPP)?
An Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is the formal name for an educational program which leads to teacher certification. The Michigan Department of Education authorizes the Educator Preparation Programs. An EPP is more commonly known as the Teacher Education program. Students must be accepted into their Educator Preparation Program before applying for the MI Future Educator Stipend.
I am planning to complete my Educator Preparation Program/Student Teaching in Michigan, but I am not a Michigan resident, am I eligible?Yes. All student teachers who are completing student teaching in the State of Michigan and with an Educator Preparation Provider approved by the Michigan Department of Education are eligible to apply for the MI Future Educator Stipend.
I am student teaching outside of Michigan, am I eligible?No, you must be completing your student teaching experience within the state of Michigan.
For the MI Future Educator Stipend, do students need to student teach in a public school?Yes. Students must be student teaching in a public school district or a public school academy.
I am a mentor teacher to a future educator receiving the MI Future Educator Stipend, am I also eligible?
Is the FAFSA required?
No. A FAFSA is not required for the MI Future Educator Stipend.
My institution is not on the Educator Preparation Program list, what do I do?
Michigan Department of Education does not have statutory or regulatory authority to review and approve programs offered by out-of-state colleges and universities, and has been under a moratorium on reviewing and approving new providers since 2005. For more information, visit Offering New Educator Preparation Programs in Michigan.
What’s the deadline to apply?
Students must apply and meet all requirements for an award prior to the final payment of the academic year. The 2022-23 application deadline is July 15, 2023.
I’m not a Michigan resident, but I’m attending a Michigan college and student teaching in a Michigan school. Am I eligible?
Yes, students who are NOT Michigan residents may receive the MI Future Educator Stipend if they are enrolled in a Michigan Department of Education approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP) AND are completing their student teaching in a school within the State of Michigan.
How many students will receive a Stipend?Stipends are awarded on a first come, first served basis. At this time, we anticipate available funding can support all eligible student teachers.
Is there a Commitment to Teach for student teachers that receive the Stipend?No. There is no service requirement for the MI Future Educator Stipend.