BHCC/Salem State Epic Grant Advising Content
Please use the attached materials as supporting information in guiding students through the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) / Salem State University (SSU) teacher preparation pathway.
As an overview, this is funded by an EPIC grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The grant has a goal of increasing the diversity of the teaching workforce in Massachusetts such that the race, ethnicity, and gender of teachers more closely mirrors that of the student population in the state.
Salem State University and Bunker Hill Community College are collaborating with five school districts, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, and Salem to offer this program. School principals and guidance counselors identify strong students of diverse backgrounds who are interested in education and encourage them to enroll in dual enrollment courses beginning in their junior year of high school. Salem State collaborates with these high schools to provide faculty and student visits to meet with students and advisors and administrators to meet with parents to both encourage the students in their work and to answer any questions about the process.
Upon graduating from high school, these students continue their education at Bunker Hill Community College earning their associates degree in any of the transfer pathway majors. During their time at BHCC, these students are encouraged to access joint advising from both Salem State and BHCC advisors. They are also encouraged to access MTEL preparation services offered through Salem State.
Presuming the student graduates with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better and has a passing score on the Communication and Literacy MTEL (and General Curriculum Mathematics subtest if they are interested in elementary education), they will transfer directly to the Salem State Teacher Preparation Program in their chosen concentration (early childhood, elementary, English, history, mathematics, physical education, Spanish, theatre, or visual arts).
At Salem State, students will finish their bachelor's degree, master's degree, and earn their initial license.
The benefits of the program are twofold: reduced time to career and reduced total cost.