This accelerated and intensive degree program is primarily designed for career changers, but may be appropriate in other circumstances. Jump Start is also open to those eligible to complete a Post-Masters certification program. Students begin as a cohort with intensive Spring and Summer coursework. Over the Spring and Summer, they conduct a job search with college guidance and may begin paid full-time teaching usually in New York City or another high-needs school district under a NYS internship certificate in the Fall. They complete all other requirements for degree or post-masters program and for certification during the Fall and the following Spring and Summer.
The program is available in the areas of Childhood, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Social Studies, and English, Physics, Spanish, Visual Arts, TESOL and Physical Education and for dual certification in Childhood and Special Education or a Secondary subject and Special Education. The School of Education will assist in locating opportunities to apply for positions in a variety of school districts. However, job placement is not guaranteed.
For processes for the Physical Education Internship certificate program, please consult the director of Physical Education.
Before graduation and regular certification, Jump Start candidates must have completed all Masters degree and NYS certification requirements. Candidates who have not completed said requirements and are teaching for a second year under the internship certificate are required to be mentored by the college and must pay the mentorship fee.
Jump Start students who do not or cannot complete their teaching placements will be required to join a regular Masters program and will follow the coursework and student teaching schedule, and must meet the pre-requisites for student teaching appropriate for that program. Such students must meet with the Office of Field Placement as soon as possible in their program.
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