BRIDGE Program

  • Paula McWhirter
    Director of Curriculum and Instruction

    Elizabeth Vasey

  • WESD is thrilled to announce BRIDGE, our ADE approved teacher certification program. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education can earn their teacher certification while being a full-time teacher. The two-year model removes the financial and time barriers for interested applicants. Through the use of an extended contract, the BRIDGE Program provides 300+ hours of job-embedded learning, ongoing coaching and mentoring, while developing skills that best meet the needs of WESD students. Upon successful completion of the BRIDGE Program, participants will receive the necessary documentation to apply for a 12-year teaching certificate through ADE. 
    If you have a college degree and have always wanted to be a teacher, this program is for you. If interested, or if you have any questions, please contact Paula McWhirter, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at or Elizabeth Vasey, Coordinator of Teacher Support, at