July 7, 2022

ECS Announces Partnership, Certification Pathway with NMU

Eastpointe Community Schools is excited to announce a new partnership with Northern Michigan University to provide a pathway to teaching certification for ECS staff members.

On June 13, the Eastpointe Community Schools Board of Education approved the allocation of ESSER funds to support this online pathway to certification. The district will pay NMU tuition for eligible candidates to achieve their teacher certification in exchange for a three-year commitment to teaching in Eastpointe Community Schools after certification.

“This is an exciting opportunity to train and keep highly qualified educators in our classrooms, as well as build and support the teaching profession as a whole,” said Superintendent Christina Gibson. “This partnership with Northern Michigan will help us invest in staff members who are already committed to our Eastpointe community and care deeply about our children.”

Employees who already have a bachelor’s degree can pursue secondary certification in a core subject area. Current paraprofessionals can pursue a bachelor’s degree with a certification in learning disabilities.

“Every child deserves to have teachers, paraprofessionals and staff who care about them and can support their needs,” said Gibson. “This partnership is another step in the process of finding and supporting those educators here in Eastpointe.”