Academic Partnerships


An RIT-Nazareth College Collaboration for Future Educators

Interested in K–12 teaching?

Many students who attend Rochester Institute of Technology have an interest in and fascination with science, mathematics, engineering, and technology and want to teach. Meanwhile, K-12 schools nationwide need more math and science teachers.

RIT and the Nazareth College School of Education address both needs through a unique collaboration called Tech2Teach.

  • Easier way for RIT undergraduates to earn a Master of Science in Education and teacher certification
  • Make the best use of elective credits to prepare for a master's degree in education
  • Third- and fourth-year students can begin 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 at the early childhood, elementary, middle, or high school level (including certification in inclusive/special education). Participants pay full-time undergraduate tuition to RIT; 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.

Who Can Apply

  • 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


  • Individualized career counseling and curriculum advising from faculty at both RIT and Nazareth
  • Best use of elective credits
  • Cost-effective, 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.

Nazareth & RIT Collaboration

    Have Questions?

    Patricia A. Huntington

    Patricia A. Huntington

    Director of Academic Support Services and Certification Officer in Education, School of
    Certification Officer in Education, School of
    Golisano Academic Center 205

    Michael J. Cross

    Academic Services Coordinator
    Rochester Institute of Technology