Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
How do I sign up for a BRIDGE account?
To create a BRIDGE account, visit www.sdeabridge.org, click Log In and either verify your Association membership or create a guest account. This easy process doesn’t take more than 30 seconds!
How much time does a class take?
Most BRIDGE classes are 15 instructional hours spread over five or six weeks. Students should expect to spend about three hours per week doing class activities.
How does it cost to enroll in a class?
For South Dakota Education Association members, enrolling in a BRIDGE class costs $45 per class per credit hour. So, for a one graduate credit class, members pay $45; for a two credit class, $90; for a three credit class, $135.
Guests and potential Association members pay $100 more per class per credit. The pricing for them starts at $145, goes to $190, and then to $235.
Can I earn credit, clock hours, and a certificate?
The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Nearly all of the classes on BRIDGE qualify for graduate credit from Adams State University or the University of Northern South Dakota. Graduate credit is always optional and has an additional fee of $55 (ASU) or $65 (UNC) per credit.
All of the classes are eligible for license renewal hours through the South Dakota Department of Education. At the conclusion of each class, you will receive a certificate of completion for your records provided you submit a class evaluation.
Can I get the syllabus for the class before making a decision?
Absolutely! Just email the Director of Learning Services, Casey Kilpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org), for that information.
Can my district use BRIDGE for its professional development?
SDEA has worked hard to make sure districts in partnership with the local association can use BRIDGE to run all of their professional development. We do not charge districts to use the platform. Instead, our requirement is that the district and local association reach an agreement that dictates the school district will pay members who facilitate the classes a fair stipend. For more information about this kind of opportunity, please contact Casey Kilpatrick at SDEA (email@example.com).
How are classes structured?
All of our classes are fully facilitated, which means you’ll have a trained SDEA member leading you and teachers from across Colorado through the content. Our classes are timebound so that the facilitation makes sense. Through using this mostly synchronous method, teachers can more easily collaborate with each other, share experiences, and receive coaching as they practice strategies in their classrooms.