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Reach Pillars for an Apprenticeship Degree Program

Executive Summary

Reach University has identified five key pillars for an apprenticeship-based degree program. These pillars guide decisions related to all elements of the program design. As you design your program, keep these pillars in mind or adapt them to your context. Reach University’s pillars are:

  1. Efficiency

  2. Flexibility

  3. Relevance

  4. Affordability

  5. Professional Capital


Teacher apprentices work full time and still graduate on a standard timeline because their job as a paraprofessional counts towards the degree’s credit hours.


Classes are online and scheduled around apprentices' workday so that they do not need to travel far from home, miss work, or arrange childcare.


Class discussions analyze apprentices' work experience (rather than theoretical problem sets, essays, or performance tasks) to ensure immediate applicability.


Districts/parishes pay apprentices, and federal funding – such as Pell grants, WIOA funding, and other sources – covers the cost of tuition. Apprentices do not take on debt; they are paid to earn their Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential/license.

Professional Capital

Educational preparation providers (such as colleges or universities) coordinate around district/parish staffing needs. Apprentices know they have a teaching position waiting for them in their school district/parish when they graduate.

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