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Journey into Education and Teaching

What is JET?

 JET is an accelerated bachelor's degree and teacher preparation program for Paraprofessionals who want to become teachers in the high need elementary schools of Fall River and New Bedford. JET offers them the opportunity to obtain Massachusetts licenses in Elementary Education AND Moderate Disabilities, an area with well-documented teacher shortages.

The Center for University, School and Community Partnerships (CUSP) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD) is partnering with Bristol Community College (BCC), Lesley University, and the Fall River and New Bedford public schools to provide this unique teacher preparation program.

 Paraprofessionals will obtain their Associates degree in Elementary Education from BCC and then through a Joint Admissions program transfer as a cohort to UMD, where they will earn their Bachelor's degree with a Liberal Arts major and meet the requirements for Elementary Education licensure. Lesley University faculty will serve as advisors to the Special Education (SPED) licensure requirements. Once they are licensed teachers, JET participants are obligated to teach for at least three years in a federally designated "high need" school such as those in Fall River and New Bedford.

 This accelerated undergraduate program incorporates teacher licensure requirements and reduces post-baccalaureate coursework. JET participants can apply for initial licensure in Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities.

What Makes JET Unique?

  • Accelerated academic and licensure program
  • Cohort model
  • Variety of course delivery methods-including on-line, blended, and weekends
  • Customized academic support and advisement
  • Continuing support and mentoring for new teachers
  • Upon completion of the JET program, priority hiring consideration for teaching positions in elementary and special education in Fall River and New Bedford public schools

You can read the UMass Dartmouth press release about JET’s grant from the US department of Education here.

UMass Dartmouth's Journey into Education and Teaching (JET) program is funded by a Transition to Teaching grant from the United States Department of Education and is overseen by Project Director Karen O'Connor.

Contact Pamela Herrup, Program Director, at 774-929-3032 or pherrup@umassd.edu.