School of Education Receives Full 5-Year State Program Approval

News Story: December 21, 2008

The Connecticut State Board of Education has granted full program approval to Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington School of Education for its programs preparing teachers and school administrators. The certification is for the period September 30, 2008, through September 30, 2013.

The five-year approval follows a lengthy process that included a self-analysis, individual program reports and an extensive on-site evaluation conducted over three-and-a-half days in April. The University, which is the largest private educator of teachers and school administrators in Connecticut, met all the standards outlined by the State Department of Education. The state has adopted the national standards used by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, meaning that Sacred Heart is in the process of achieving national accreditation.

These standards include the knowledge, skills and disposition of candidates for degrees and certification; the School of Education’s assessment procedures; available field experiences and clinical practices; training for diversity in the classroom and elsewhere; faculty qualifications; and program governance. The state report cited the University for special commendation in its training of candidates in the use of technology and technology in the classroom, as well as the installation and use of e-star, a computer application that helps manage program assessment data.

The Isabelle Farrington School of Education is headquartered at the University’s Cambridge Drive campus in Trumbull and also offers classes in Stamford and Griswold, Connecticut. The school has 24 full-time faculty members, 83 percent of whom have doctoral degrees. The others have all completed the requirements for this degree with the exception of the dissertation. In addition, the teaching staff has a broad range of experience in the classroom and as administrators.