June

SHU Establishes the Isabelle Farrington College of Education

News Story: June 1, 2011

Effective July 1, Sacred Heart University will create two new colleges from the College of Education and Health Professions. The Farrington College of Education will focus on field-based teacher and administrator preparation programs, while the College of Health Professions will offer degrees in physical therapy, athletic training, exercise science, health sciencesoccupational therapy and nursing.

The Farrington College of Education is named for Isabelle Farrington, a teacher and strong supporter of education and generous benefactor of Sacred Heart University.  Her name has been connected to the school since 2007, when it was dedicated as the Isabelle Farrington School of Education.

“This decision is an indication of the maturity, growth and achievement that the College of Education and Health Professions has experienced during the past 14 years,” said Patricia Walker, Ed.D., dean of the College. Some of those achievements include:

  • The creation of two doctoral programs at Sacred Heart University, the first in physical therapy and the second in nursing practice.
  • The development of an online nursing degree program.
  • Accreditation of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.
  • The status of the Isabelle Farrington School of Education as the largest private provider of teacher certification candidates in Connecticut.
  • Candidates from the Isabelle Farrington School of Education have the highest pass rate for the State of Connecticut’s required Reading Literacy Test.
  • The recent full accreditation of the Isabelle Farrington School of Education from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education.

“Our NCATE accreditation prompted an internal self-study of the quality of all of our programs and operations,” said Sacred Heart University President John J. Petillo, Ph.D. “That led the University to recognize that separating education from health professions would provide both units with greater flexibility to sustain the growth of their programs and better serve their students and the public.”

“Over the past 10 years, the College of Education and Health Professions has grown in every area,” said Edward W. Malin, Ph.D., director of the Isabelle Farrington School of Education. “The Farrington School of Education now recommends nearly 300 teacher candidates annually and bestows the largest number of Intermediate Administrator Certificates of any school in the state. Our students and faculty will benefit from the separation and the specialized focus on education that will result.”

Dr. Walker will continue as dean of the College of Health Professions, and a search will begin for someone to fill the role of dean of the Farrington College of Education, President Petillo said.

“It has been my honor to serve as the dean of the College of Education and Health Professions to for the past 14 years, and I look forward to continued collaboration between us in the future,” Dean Walker said.