Bridge2Teaching is a new dual degree program designed so that all students -- but especially transfer students -- can easily pursue their goal of becoming a teacher. Students who choose this program can enroll in our B.S. program in Educational Studies and at the same time gain acceptance to our acclaimed Master of Science in Teaching (MST) program. Bridge2Teaching is a program that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of transfer students. Once you earn your degree in Educational Studies, you can transition into the MST Program, and accelerate your path to a graduate degree in Teacher Education.
Applicants who have earned a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 will be granted joint admission to both programs. Applicants with a slightly lower GPA (2.7 and above) will be accepted to the B.S. Educational Studies and will have a conditional acceptance into the MST Program. Students can start the program in the fall or spring.
The goal of Bridge2teaching is to simplify the path to your teaching career
The BRIDGE helps you prepare for newly opening teaching positions jobs created by recent teacher shortages.
The BRIDGE creates an easy, seamless transfer for students from community colleges into our celebrated Teacher Education program.
Did you know there is a shortage of qualified teachers?
Reports keep coming in about local and national teacher shortages. The Learning Policy Institute, an education think tank, recently published a report titled, A Coming Crisis in Teaching: Teacher Supply, Demand and Shortages in the U.S. Using federal data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the report says that we will see about a 20% increase in annual teacher demand from 2015 levels, and there will be a need for 316,000 new teachers per year by 2025 -- that's not that far off.
Similar teachers shortages are being seen in New York State. A 2017 survey by the New York State School Boards Association says that the greatest need for teachers will be in these five disciplines below:
- Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Science) -- 59% shortage
- Special education -- 42% shortage
- Foreign languages -- 39% shortage
- Technology -- 34% shortage
- Math -- 29% shortage
These shortages will exist across much of the Mid-Hudson region, including Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange counties.
How Bridge2Teaching works
Starting in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020, students who transfer into the St. Thomas Aquinas Educational Studies program will be simultaneously accepted into our Graduate School and will be working toward their MST degree. Once students complete their BS in Ed Studies, they are given advanced standing in the graduate MST program; that means that a minimum of 9 credits earned in the Ed Studies program will be applied to the MST -- and students who maintain a GPA of 3.2 and above may take two additional graduate courses as electives while they are still in the Ed Studies program.
In this way, Bridge2Teaching gets you on track for Childhood or Adolescence certification, even in Special Education, which is an area where the teacher shortage is most pronounced.
Bridge2Teaching is the fast lane to your teaching career