The Reach Method – Apprenticeship Teaching Degrees – Reach University


The Reach Method, developed by Reach University in 2022, refers to an apprenticeship degree model which is an employer-driven experience where an apprenticeship is turned into an accredited degree.  The stackable credentials allow students to progress towards their goals while remaining active in the workplace.  These students get paid and earn college credits while working in the classroom under the guidance of a certified teacher. 

Five features of the Reach Method: 

  • Efficiency – Half of the learning comes from what learners already do in their full-time job. 
  • Flexibility – Online Oxford-style seminars are held after work hours on nights and weekends. 
  • Relevance and Applicability – Learning is tailored to the workplace, with theory linked to practice throughout. 
  • Affordability – Learners are paid to earn a degree or certificate and take on zero student debt. 
  • Professional Capital – Learners advance into a job in their community; employers build a “grow-your-own” pipeline. 


Students can earn: 

  1. A 30-credit early childhood educator certificate after the first year, which stacks into 
  2. A 60-credit associate degree after the second year, which stacks into 
  3. A bachelor’s degree after three or four years, which stacks into 
  4. A master’s degree in teaching 


Reach University is a Stand Together Foundation Catalyst partner and Charles Koch Foundation grantee. 

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