A Bridge to the City

Since 2003, A Bridge to the City has provided SU teacher candidates with a guided student teaching experience in a challenging urban environment, while connecting New York City schools to the School of Education’s faculty, resources, and graduates.

This is a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills and broaden your perspectives on cultures, families, and professional practices.

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Criteria for Selection

The selection committee members will consider the following criteria:

  • Overall academic performance in the classroom and field placements
  • Commitment to urban teaching
  • Organizational ability and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and adjust easily to new or changing situations and environments
  • Ability to work effectively and respectfully with students, peers, university and school staff
  • Commitment to inviting and responding respectfully to feedback and suggestions
  • Commitment to working with and valuing diverse student populations

Please note the Bridge to the City application must be completed in one sitting - you cannot save your application in progress and come back later. Before you begin your application, be sure you have the following available/prepared:

  • Current Resume;
  • Letter of Interest (500 words or less) discussing the your commitment to urban teaching and reason(s) for seeking a student teaching placement in New York City;
  • Three references, at least two of them from the Inclusive Program (faculty, supervisors, cooperating teachers, etc.);
  • Information on up to 6 Field Placements, including Supervisor.

Apply for Bridge to the City Fall 2014 NOW!

The application deadline for teaching during the Fall 2019 semester is midnight on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Fiscal Support for Participation

Students accepted into A Bridge to The City program must be registered as full-time students at the University, enrolled in all the appropriate courses and seminars their programs require of them during the student teaching semester. Undergraduate students must set an appointment with their Financial Aid advisor to determine the level of support they will receive for housing in NYC for the semester of their placements. Students are expected to pay for food and transportation expenses out of their own resources.

Questions or want more information? Contact Tom Bull, Director of Field Relations.

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