A Bridge to the City

Nancy Ivanovic ’17 offers some one-on-one instruction while student-teaching fifth-graders at Community Roots Charter School.Since 2003, A Bridge to the City has provided SU teacher candidates with a guided student teaching experience in a challenging urban environment during the fall of their senior year, 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. Students in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education can participate in Bridge to the City in the fall of their senior year; Inclusive Early Childhood and Special Education students must attend SU an extra semester in order to fit Bridge to the City into their academic plans.

Apply for Fall 2020

The application deadline for teaching during the Fall 2018 semester is midnight on Friday, November 15, 2019. Before you begin your application, be sure you have the following ready:

  • 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.

The selection committee looks for and considers:

  • Overall academic and field performance.
  • Organization and attention to detail.
  • Commitments to urban teaching, inviting and responding to feedback, and working with/valuing diverse student populations.
  • Abilities to work independently, adapt easily, and work effectively and respectfully with students, peers, university and school staff.

Financial Support and Housing

At The Neighborhood School in Manhattan, Dagmo Yusuf ’17 (left) guides first-graders while accompanied by their teacher, Chelsea Crawford.

Students accepted into 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. Students must set an appointment with their Financial Aid advisor after acceptance to Bridge to the City to determine the level of support they will receive for housing in NYC for the semester of their placements (usually similar to the level of support they receive on campus). All students are expected to pay for their own food and transportation expenses.

The School of Education arranges housing for all of our students who student-teach in NYC, typically at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. All students who are accepted to student teaching in NYC are expected to live in the university-arranged housing – not with family or friends who might live in the area. Part of the strength of the program is living in a community with other SU student teachers and experiencing the city together.

Placements and Coursework

There are two seven-week general or special education student teaching placements. SOE has partnerships with schools across NYC, including Community Roots School, PS 212 Midtown West, and PS 363 Neighborhood School. Many of these schools have SOE alumni working there. We place at least 2 student teachers at each school at a time, allowing for students to travel to and from the schools in groups. Most students use public transportation (subway, bus, etc.), but there are times when housing is close to one of the schools that SU students have chosen to walk.

School of Education director of field relations Thomas Bull (above) sits in at a third-grade classroom at Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn.Just like in other parts of the inclusive program, student teachers in NYC are observed and provided feedback by SU supervisors including retired educators, current doctoral students, or other educators connected to the SOE. The supervisor will know the expectations of the program, provide feedback, and serve as a liaison with faculty at SU.

Courses during the Bridge to the City semester are arranged to fit in the NYC student teaching schedule. Students participate in these courses by Skype from the Fisher Center in midtown Manhattan, one night per week. Part of the courses may also be held on campus in a concentrated fashion before student teaching begins or during a short school break, like Columbus Day, to allow NYC students to attend.

Program Contact

Thomas Bull, Assistant Teaching Professor; Director of Field Relations|315.440.2183
Thomas Bull