TEACH Bridges to the Future is a one-year, 36-credit pathway leading to a Master’s degree and middle or high school teacher licensure. It is offered by the College of Education in partnership with the rural communities of Orange, Montague, Greenfield and Deerfield, Massachusetts.
It was launched by the College of Education and inspired by its alumnus, entertainer Dr. Bill Cosby, as a broad-based effort to revitalize education in rural communities located near the university’s campus.
Bridges to the Future’s curriculum emphasizes the use of best practice pedagogies, integration of new and emerging technologies, and implementation of community service learning.
Beginning in the end of August, you will work with rural middle or high school students as a micro-teacher or student teacher. By mid-year, as a clinical teacher, you will become part of a middle school team or high school department.
Throughout the academic year, you will learn the skills and competencies needed to be a successful teacher, including:
You will also take graduate classes related to your teaching level, participate in seminar discussions about effective and equitable teaching strategies, and develop a community service “legacy project” that supports student leadership.
TEACH Bridges to the Future Secondary Teacher Education Pathway is designed for graduating college seniors, college graduates and second career professionals of any age who:
Individuals interested in applying to the Bridges to the Future program should have an undergraduate degree in the subject they wish to teach. Majoring or having a degree in the intended licensure area ensures that candidates have completed the necessary subject matter requirements in that area. If candidates do not have a degree in the subject they wish to teach, they may have to fulfill the subject matter requirements by taking additional undergraduate coursework before entering the program. For more information on subject matter requirements, click here.
You must complete the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School application which is available online at www.umass.edu/gradschool.
January 15 is the formal deadline for application.
For questions about the Bridges to the Future program, or if you would like to make an advising appointment, please contact the Educator Information Office at (413) 545-2002 or email@example.com.