Developing Teacher Leaders
The Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership’s clear and strong vision is to prepare transformational educational teacher and leaders who can transform organizations, lives, families, society, and the world. To do this, The Academy will equip teachers and educational leaders to be at the forefront of their craft, rooted in the belief that every child has the capacity to learn, to teach and lead for the betterment of students and communities coupled with an unbridled thirst for success.
The Masters Bridge to Teaching programs at Marian University provide post-baccalaureate individuals with the opportunity to become licensed elementary, middle and high school teachers. The programs encourage participants to transfer theory and life experience into practical application. They are collaborative efforts involving Marian University, several schools, mentors, interns, parents, and the community.
Program of Study
The Masters Bridge to Teaching program exists in two forms: a full-time (one year) program and a part-time (two year) program. Both programs infuse graduate coursework with in-classroom application. Teacher candidates are organized into cohorts that typically begin in the summer.
The full-time MBT program at Marian University begins annually in June and culminates with graduation the following May. Classes and in-school internships in the full-time program are held Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Teacher candidates are placed in area schools to gain practical experience in the classroom during both the fall and spring semesters.
Our part-time MBT program begins annually in May. Classes are offered on Saturdays for a year and a half so that teacher candidates can keep a week-day job during that time. The Saturday classes are held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The final semester of the program does require a full-time, daytime commitment in a teaching placement. re in session. Students in these programs graduate in May after completion of student teaching. As a part of the MBT program, teacher candidates may be eligible for a Transition to Teaching permit. This would allow the teacher candidate to seek employment as a teacher during the program and be considered Highly Qualified by the state.