Secondary Education Bridge

Do you love a particular subject and want to share your enthusiasm for it with young people? The strong liberal arts programs at Maryville University St. Louis serve as the foundation for secondary teacher preparation in mathematics, English, science (biology or chemistry) and social studies (with a major in history). When you earn a bachelor’s degree in your chosen subject and then earn a masters in education through our Secondary Education Undergraduate Bridge program, you’ll be able to do what you’ve always dreamed of – teach!

Maryville’s program allows you to focus closely on your content area throughout your undergraduate years. National reports have continued to stress the need for high school teachers to have the strong background designated by the bachelors degree in the content area. Maryville’s early access option allows for experiences in schools and graduate credits before beginning your fifth year. The fifth year is spent entirely in hgih school settings. And you will be advised throughout your time by both an education adviser and a content area adviser.

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Program Features

Learning Through Field Experience
The early access program will ensure you have extensive, supervised field experiences throughout your bachelor’s degree program in high schools throughout the St. Louis area. After completing a bachelor’s degree, you will enter an intense 14-month master of education program where you will participate in extensive field experiences in two high schools. Faculty in arts and sciences, education and a secondary school teacher will mentor you through the academic year and assist you in planning, teaching and assessment. Upon completion of the program, you will graduate with your master’s degree and a license to teach.

Maryville has the only teacher preparation program in the region that provides such extensive experience in schools. These field experiences are carefully woven into the classes you take each semester, preparing you to hit the ground running. As a graduate of our program, you will begin your first year teaching at the level of a second- or third- year teacher from another program.

Early Access Bridge
The secondary bridge program is designed for you to gain early experiences and advisory support toward your secondary education program. Students selecting this option are assured of accurate advising in the course work and testing obligations required for certification. Benefits of gaining Early Access include accurate advisement and support, the opportunity to work in schools, belong to the Education Club and attend School of Education events, and to taking graduate courses during their senior year that count toward hours in the graduate program. While Early Access does not guarantee acceptance into the M.A. in Education program, it does provide appropriate background for success. For information on the fifth year program, see Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teaching and Inquiry/Certification.

Professional/Career Opportunities

The future is excellent for new teachers as they are always in demand! The need is particularly strong in various high school teaching areas. More than ever before, the country needs classroom teachers who are bright and articulate, and dedicated to working with young people. Maryville is known for preparing teachers well and for ensuring that they will continue to prepare for their roles throughout the entire length of their career. And because of our faculty’s extensive connections with the K-12 schools, Maryville students are highly sought after in the St. Louis area.

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Early Access program, students must have a 2.70 cumulative grade point average, a 3.0 average in professional education coursework, and a satisfactory recommendation from their field experience/placement. As a requirement of the program, students must complete a criminal background check and DFS screening annually. Access to Candidacy does not guarantee acceptance into the M.A. in Education program but does provide appropriate background for success. Certification occurs at the completion of the M.A. in Education.

To be granted full admission to the master’s program, candidates must complete content and education course work successfully (3.0 in content and education course work), have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, pass the Praxis II exam in their content area, complete application to the program (secure needed recommendations), and successfully complete on-site interview and essay writing, which could occur in the fall of the senior year. Admission would be granted upon evidence of successful completion of all entrance requirements.

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