REACH to Teach: Secondary


REACH to Teach: Secondary

Earn your M.A. with secondary teacher licensure in the affordable, accelerated REACH to Teach program.

REACH to Teach is a USJ graduate program that combines initial secondary teacher licensure with an M.A. in one streamlined, cohort program.

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REACH to Teach Program Benefits:

  • In just four semesters, (3 semesters of course work including summer and one semester of student-teaching), you can complete your licensure requirements and earn a professional license to teach in Connecticut's public schools with an MA degree.
  • The REACH program provides students with a scholarship that waives graduate tuition for nine credits of student teaching, making it financially competitive with any program at any university.

With today's significant teacher shortages in the secondary schools, it is an opportune time to become an exceptional secondary teacher – and REACH to Teach can help get you there.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who should apply to REACH? 

Candidates with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution who earned a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 in the major, and have taken the PRAXIS I test or hold a PRAXIS waiver letter, are invited to apply. More details and information are provided during a meeting with a licensure officer.

How do I apply to REACH to Teach? 

Call the licensure office, 860.231.5335, to schedule an appointment. Before your appointment, send an official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, as well as your PRAXIS I score report or PRAXIS I waiver letter, to: Licensure Officer, School of Education, University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.

What makes REACH special? 

REACH will prepare the best and brightest teachers for CT schools. We prepare prospective middle and high school teachers for today's diverse secondary classrooms in an accelerated cohort program. Eligible candidates who sign a REACH to Teach program agreement will be accepted into the program in limited-size cohort groups that begin each August. Financial aid is available to eligible candidates for two years.

How is REACH different from traditional secondary licensure programs? 

REACH candidates:

  • Plan to teach either English, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, or Family & Consumer Science at the secondary level
  • Submit a singular application to The Graduate School
  • Meet with an academic advisor who has expertise with the REACH program
  • Receive a scholarship for nine credits of student teaching
  • Learn together in a cohort under the personalized attention of USJ faculty
  • Experience a comprehensive, specialized, yet accelerated program
  • Pre-register for summer and fall classes as a cohort
  • Network with prior REACH graduates
  • Receive more than secondary teacher licensure, earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • The State of Connecticut requires new teachers to have a Master's after the first 3 years of teaching; get yours before you even being to teach and enjoy the salary bump!
What is the process for acceptance into REACH to Teach? 

You will complete the process for admission to the School of Education after meeting with the licensure officer who will provide you with all necessary information. The REACH to Teach faculty will evaluate your application and notify you of your acceptance to REACH at the same time as your admission to the School of Education. You will sign and return a REACH to Teach agreement and meet with the REACH program director.

What happens if I am not able to continue in the cohort? 


You may transfer all your completed courses to the traditional program with no loss of course credits. You will complete a new planned program of study for licensure as well as a new plan of study for the M.A. An additional three-credit course for the M.A. is required. The scholarship for student teaching credits does not apply to the traditional program.

Can I talk to a faculty member about REACH to Teach before I decide to apply? 

Yes, please contact REACH Program Director: Dr. Anthony Johnston, 860.231.5830, [email protected]