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.bridge.sdea.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 much does it cost to enroll in a class?

For South Dakota Education Association members, enrolling in a BRIDGE class costs $25 per class per credit hour. This fee supports the trainer costs.

IF the class is open to guests and potential Association members, they will pay $75 per 1 credit class. 

CEU certificates are issued for free upon completion of the class when requested.  Graduate credit through the University of Sioux Falls or Augustana University is generally $35-45 per credit.  It is the responsibility of the member/potential member to register for credit through the appropriate university website in addition to registering for the class at bridge.sdea.org.

Can I earn credit, clock hours, and a certificate?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Many of the classes on BRIDGE qualify for graduate credit through the University of Sioux Falls. We also have partnership deals with Augustana University for some programs.  Graduate credit is always optional and has an additional fee of $45 through USF.

All of the classes are eligible for license renewal hours. At the conclusion of each class, those seeking CEU hours 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 Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Rich Mittelstedt (richard.mittelstedt@sdea.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 Rich Mittelstedt at SDEA (richard.mittelstedt@sdea.org).

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 South Dakota 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.

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