In the fall of 2013 we will be rolling out an innovative program for our teacher candidates called BRIDGE. This program will change how we coach teacher candidates through their first 100 classroom hours prior to student teaching.
At UNO, we believe teaching is a practice and teachers need practice. BRIDGE offers candidates a performance-based program that pushes the boundaries of traditional teacher preparation and gives future teachers structured time in area classrooms to practice their teaching.
BRIDGE is modeled after the medical school experience at teaching hospitals where students are not only taught medicine - they also get to practice
medicine under the close supervision of doctors and medical educators. This model is the future for education and UNO's Teacher Education Department believes this cutting-edge program will ensure our candidates are more prepared than ever before.
If you are a current candidate in the Teacher Education Department you will have a front-row seat to this transition and will benefit from the changes we make. If you are a high school student - or the parent of one - I invite you to come to campus for an up-close look at the exciting things we're doing at UNO and to "Connect with What's Next" in the Teacher Education Department.
Sarah Edwards, Ph.D.