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For more information, please contact:

Patricia Huntington
Director of Academic Support Services
Nazareth College School of Education

Michael J. Cross
Academic Services Coordinator
Rochester Institute of Technology

An RIT-Nazareth College Collaboration for Future Educators

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Interested in K–12 teaching?

Many students journey to RIT because of an interest in and fascination with science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Not only do these students excel in their chosen disciplines, but they also have a passion for exploration, learning, and discovery—a passion that many of them want to share with the next generation of students.

The demand for high quality K–12 math and science educators is well documented with a projected shortfall of more than 280,000 math and science teachers across the United States by 2015. RIT and the Nazareth College School of Education offer a unique collaboration to help address this nation-wide teacher shortage: Tech2Teach.

“The quality of math and science teachers is the most influential single factor in determining whether a student will succeed or fail in these subjects.”
–President of the United States Barack Obama, 2009 address to the National Academy of Sciences


RIT and Nazareth College faculty have designed an easier way for RIT undergraduates to earn a Master of Science in Education and teacher certification. Collaborative agreements, put in place by the leadership of both institutions, allow RIT students to make best use of elective credits in preparation for pursuit of a master’s degree in education. Third- and fourth-year students have the opportunity to begin select upper-level graduate classes earlier than usual—reducing the total time of advanced study.

How It Works

RIT students entering their final terms of study begin concurrent graduate study at Nazareth College leading to a master’s degree and initial teacher certification. Full-time undergraduate tuition is paid to RIT during this time; financial aid is unaffected. Once the baccalaureate is earned, the student may be eligible for specific scholarships for STEM certification (e.g., Robert Noyce Scholar Program, Federal TEACH Grant), and graduate assistantships as a fully matriculated Nazareth College graduate student.

Articulation Agreement

Nazareth College and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have an articulation agreement to enable qualified undergraduate students from specified Rochester Institute of Technology undergraduate programs to pursue concurrent coursework in the Nazareth College Master of Science in Education degree program in inclusive early childhood education, inclusive childhood education, and inclusive adolescence education.

This agreement enables students to pursue a technically based Bachelor of Science degree at RIT while meeting the necessary teacher preparation course requirements at Nazareth, thus qualifying them to be certified to teach at the early childhood, elementary, middle, or high school level in New York state (including meeting requirements for certification in special/inclusive education).

Who Can Apply

This opportunity is available to third- or fourth-year undergraduate RIT students enrolled in the College of Science, Golisano College of Computing and Information Science, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, or the College of Health Sciences and Technology. Students who already have a graduate degree and require teaching courses may also apply.


  • Individualized career counseling and curriculum advising from faculty at both RIT and Nazareth
  • Best use of elective credits
  • Cost effective and expedient way to earn a master’s degree
  • Facilitated management of transfer credits, graduate application, and financial aid
  • Access to other teacher certification programs as well as annotations and extensions at Nazareth:
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