Future Proud Michigan Educator Explore:
As a continuation of Michigan’s efforts to grow and diversify the educator workforce, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) launched the Future Proud Michigan Educators (Future PME) initiative. The Future PME initiative invites schools to expand access to future teacher programming through Explore courses.
The Michigan Virtual Future PME Explore courses consist of one teacher professional development course and one student course. The semester-long student course is anticipated to launch in late summer or early fall of 2021 and can be implemented in either an individual or school-level format. Sign-up is coming soon.
The Future PME professional development course is available to teachers prior to facilitating the student course. Once teachers complete the professional development course, they can effectively facilitate the Future PME student course content through the Student Learning Portal, host it in their own learning management system, or teach it offline.
As students embark on their journey to become Michigan educators, many wonder what they can expect. The Future Explore PME course is designed to raise student awareness of educational strategies, systems, and professions.
We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.
With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.
While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3.
For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.
We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.