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We are reviewing cohort 2 Teacher Candidate applications. Applicants and districts can expect to receive decisions by May 17.

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Your Future is Waiting for YOU!

Become a Certified Teacher!

Talent Together helps Michiganders become certified teachers. Candidates receive their education for FREE while earning an income.


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Program Benefits




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How does Talent Together work?


Individuals wishing to become Talent Together candidates can submit an interest form at Talent Together will notify interested individuals once the program application
officially opens (in mid-May).


With personalized support from Talent Together staff, accepted applicants will enroll in a Talent Together
degree or certification program through a partnering college or university.


Candidates will complete required coursework while working full-time – and earning a wage –
in a school in their own communities.


While finishing certification courses, candidates become an apprentice teacher for
one year, working in a classroom alongside an experienced mentor teacher.

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Who is Eligible to Apply?

“Teaching is such a rewarding career. Talent Together is a great way to support teaching candidates from all walks of life – especially our community members of color – to lead our next generation of students.”
Naomi Norman, Superintendent, Wayne RESA
Naomi NormanSuperintendent, Washtenaw ISD
“Talent Together was designed for aspiring teachers from all kinds of Michigan communities, including those who live in the Upper Peninsula, like me. If you live in a rural or remote area and want to become an educator, Talent Together just might be the right opportunity for you.”
Doctor Greg Nyen, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA
Dr. Greg NyenSuperintendent, Marquette-Alger RESA
“As a special educator, I know there are fantastic people in our community who, with an opportunity like Talent Together, will become the kinds of teachers our students with special needs deserve.”
Doctor Eric Hoppstock, Superintendent, Berrien RESA
Dr. Eric HoppstockSuperintendent, Berrien RESA
“Talent Together brings real-world expertise and training (at no cost!) to teacher candidates, allowing so many more people to not just become a teacher, but a great one. This is a game-changer for our community, our schools, and most importantly, our students.”
Doctor Daveda Colbert, Superintendent, Wayne RESA
Dr. Daveda ColbertSuperintendent, Wayne RESA
“Right now, it could not be more important to remove barriers to the teaching profession. This initiative is an example of our great state coming together to prepare future teachers in innovative ways.”
Beth Gonzalez, Deputy Superintendent, Wayne RESA
Beth GonzalezDeputy Superintendent, Wayne RESA