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Build the Teacher Pipeline initiative

Producing the best in the field to meet the needs of our times

New York State is facing a teacher shortage.

State officials anticipate we’ll need more than 180,000 new teachers over the next 10 years. Schools are critical to a civil society, and the teacher shortage is a crisis for all of us.

The College of Saint Rose grants more degrees and advanced certificates in education than any other college or university in New York State and counts more than 28,000education alumni among its ranks.

We have long been a leader in the field of education, pioneering special education training for teachers before it was commonplace because we believe every child is worthy of respect and deserves the opportunity to learn.

The College’s founding values speak to serving the dear neighbor and meeting the needs of the times. Saint Rose is stepping up with a bold initiative to help New York State build the teacher pipeline with the very best.

How will we do it?

In addition to already generous financial aid packages, Saint Rose will offer incentives to encourage undergraduate students to pursue teaching careers and to support career-changers who aspire to make teaching their new career. We’ll also equip current teachers and administrators with the support they need to stay in the field.

We are moving graduate offerings into flexible delivery modes and developing new professional development and microcredentialing programs based on a recent extensive statewide survey of educators. Our programs will be targeted to the most critical needs facing schools today.

Free on-campus housing

To make the dream of becoming a teacher more affordable

All new undergraduate first-year and transfer students in the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic years who major in our teacher- and special-education bachelor’s degree programs will receive free on-campus housing throughout their time in the residence halls (up to four academic years). View Frequently Asked Questions.

The cost of housing at Saint Rose is currently $7,106 an academic year, which could translate to a savings ofmore than $28,000 over the course of a student’s education.

Grants for graduate students

To inspire career-changers

Newly enrolled students for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 in the following master’s degree programs, which are for those who do not hold an undergraduate degree in education, are eligible for a $1,500 per semester grant renewable over five semesters (when taking 9 credits a semester):

A smoother path

In order to address the teacher shortage from a state level, in November 2021, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed bills that make the path to teaching easier for career-changers who want to be teachers. As a result, taking the GRE or equivalent exam is no longer required for admission, and prospective students who have less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA as undergrads can be considered for admission, as long as they have demonstrated potential as teachers.

Making graduate programs more accessible

Through our unique Flex delivery

We recognize the challenges for today’s busy graduate students who have work and family obligations. We don’t want those things to stand in the way of the next great teacher.

And so, Saint Rose is working to bring all of its education master’s degree programs into its unique Flex mode over the next several years.

Professional development

That understands the real deal

In addition to building the teacher pipeline, Saint Rose wants to keep teachers teaching and administrators leading their schools. That’s why in May 2022, we launched a statewide survey of teachers, principals, superintendents, and charter school and private school leaders to determine what educators need to meet the challenges of today’s classrooms and reach students.

New professional development and microcredentialing programs will launch this fall based on the data collected and will be offered in convenient formats that recognize the busy schedules of educators. Programs will be open to all educators but can also be designed and delivered to suit the needs of individual schools or districts.

Frequently Asked Questions

98% of undergraduates at Saint Rose receive some form of financial aid. In Fall 2022, first-year students were eligible for up to $23,000 in institutional awards and scholarships.

Transfer students also receive generous financial aid packages. And thanks to the seamless transfer program, in which any student who holds an associate degree from a SUNY institution or has satisfied all of their general education requirements at a SUNY institution, will automatically meet their liberal education requirements.

Financial aid (including state and federal aid) varies by a student’s financial circumstances. It is important to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for the maximum amount of assistance.

First-year students are required to live on campus for their first and second years at the College. Exemptions are available, including for those who live with family members within a 60-mile radius of campus.

Your housing costs would no longer be covered. The free undergraduate education housing initiative only applies to on-campus housing.

This incentive is only for students who newly enroll as education majors in the 2023-2024 or 2024-2025 academic years. It applies only if they remain enrolled in an education major. If a student changes to a non-education major, they would no longer be eligible for the housing initiative.

Students who begin their programs in Spring 2024 or Spring 2025 are also eligible.

Due to the contractual relationship with our food service provider, students who are eligible for the housing initiative still have to pay for meal plans. This cost, which varies by meal plan selection, can be covered by student loans, if needed. The mid-range meal plan for a residential student is currently $6,880 annually and includes unlimited meals five days a week with $1,000 in dining dollars that can be used at any of our on-campus food providers.

There are two ways to take your degree and become certified in another state:

The easiest way is to first gain certification in New York. Many states accept certification from New York as part of a reciprocity agreement.

The second way involves working with the state education department in your home state to review your degree and determine if any further assessments are needed. Usually, no further assessments are needed, especially if you are applying for certification in the levels and subject areas for which you were prepared.

The first step is to fill out the form on this page, and an admissions counselor will follow up.

This is a new initiative that was donor funded at this time. We have an existing pipeline. The goal is to increase the pipeline at a time when we’re more concerned than ever about the shortage. It dominated the back-to-school headlines. Coming out of the pandemic it became very clear we needed to increase the number of new students choosing to pursue teaching careers.

The housing grant only applies to students entering in the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic years.

Our survey tapped into our vast alumni network of more than 28,000 educators, as well as New York State superintendents, school building leaders, and charter and private school leaders. The results will drive the content for our programming beginning in fall 2022.

Flex programs allow graduate students to take courses in-person, via livestream, or online on their own time and change it up throughout their program as needed. There is no need to lock into any one mode.

By the Numbers

28,000+ Saint Rose-made educators graduated and counting
1,293 Advanced certificates, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in education awarded in 2020-2021, making Saint Rose New York State’s No. 1 granter of education degrees and advanced certificates.
No. 1 New York State leads the nation in average teacher salaries at $87,069, according to the National Education Association (NEA)

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