The Educator Pathway

Every teacher started as a student. Find your path to classroom teaching at Rivet School.

Degree Partner:

How it works

BA


Like all Rivet School students, enroll in our accelerated, affordable bachelor’s degree program at College for America (in Business Management or Communications). While earning your BA, work with a personal coach, access on-demand tutoring, and our coworking spaces in the Bay Area.


Exam prep


California teachers must pass multiple state exams to earn a credential, including the CBEST and CSET. You’ll get special support preparing to pass these exams through our partnership with Teachers Test Prep – an online program with diagnostic assessments and content modules that will prepare you to pass your exams (a $450 value, at no cost to students). You and your coach will create a plan with the goal of passing both exams before entering your credential program.


Credential programs


Rivet School support doesn’t stop at graduation – we’ll help our alum select and enter a high-quality credential program that fits their needs. We’ve partnered with a diverse set of schools, from online programs to year-long teacher residencies. The one thing they all have in common: they want you! Our partners are excited to meet Rivet School students because they know you’ve got the skills and mindsets needed to be successful in their programs. Our partners include:

  • Alder Graduate School of Education
  • Brandman University 
  • San Francisco Teacher Residency (at University of San Francisco)
  • Oakland Teacher Residency 
  • Loyola Marymount 
  • California State University – East Bay 
  • Summit Learning Teacher Residency 
  • RELAY GSE

Earn your BA


Like all Rivet School students, enroll in an accelerated, affordable bachelor’s degree program through Southern New Hampshire University's College for America program. While earning your BA, work with a personal coach and access all of Rivet School's resources.

Prepare for state exams


California teachers must pass multiple state exams to earn a credential, including the CBEST and CSET. You’ll get special support preparing to pass these exams through our partnership with Teachers Test Prep – an online program with diagnostic assessments and content modules that will prepare you to pass your exams (a $450 value, at no cost to students). You and your coach will create a plan with the goal of passing both exams before entering your credential program.  


Match with a credential program


Rivet School support doesn’t stop at graduation — we’ll help our alumni select and enter a high-quality credential program that fits their needs. We’ve partnered with a diverse set of schools, from online programs to year-long teacher residencies. The one thing they all have in common: they want you!

Our partners are excited to meet Rivet School students because they know you’ve got the skills and mindsets needed to be successful in their programs. Our partners include:

What you'll learn

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Career outlook

Start a career in teaching, and open doors to other school-based jobs.

  • Curriculum design 
  • Instructional coaching 
  • Teacher leadership  
  • School leadership

 

  • Community liaison
  • Athletic director
  • After-school director
  • District-level leadership

Salary progression

Increase your income by >50% when transitioning from a classified role to a certified teacher.
$29.6k
Average annual salary for paraprofessionals (source)
$49k
(+$20k from para to teacher)
Annual salary for first-year
teachers w/ BA only (source)
Put yourself on the path to predictably build your income over time.
$54.3k
Within 5 years, avg. annual salary for teachers w/ BA only
$63.6k
Within 10 years, avg. annual salary for teachers w/ BA only

Growing network

By joining Rivet School’s Educator Pathway, you’ll build a strong professional network by tapping into a growing community of educators across California. We partner with K-12 school districts and networks to find and support our students in their journey to classroom teaching.

Tuition

Full tuition

Educator pathway

$6,500

per year

3 Years

avg. time to completion
After factoring in financial aid and scholarships, the average Rivet School students pays $9,800 out of pocket for their entire bachelor's degree.

Financial Aid

Most Rivet School students are eligible for financial aid, and the average Rivet School student covers around half of their tuition through government scholarship. If you’re accepted to our Pay it Forward program, you can pay no upfront tuition, and pay back only if and when you earn more than $40,000 / year.

Rivet School students with full
financial aid (about 25% of students)
pay less than $500 on average
for their entire bachelor's degree.

Learn about student finances

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