NCATE / CAEP Accreditation and Program Approval

The Faculty of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University engage in preparing men and women to live in and make their contributions to the human community. Our primary purpose is to develop the capacities, talents and abilities of our teacher candidates through an integration of theory and practice in a performance-based program. Our teacher candidates possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to facilitate the learning of all children.

The Farrington College of Education is committed to achieving the highest regional and national standards for educator preparation.


NCATE logo version 2We are currently accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  This accreditation covers initial and advanced certification programs based at the Fairfield and Griswold campus sites. These certificate programs are also fully approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Our building level education leadership program is nationally recognized by the Education Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).   Our Masters of Arts in Teaching  (MAT) and  Certificates of  Advanced Study ( CAS )  in  Leadership, Literacy, and Teaching are  degrees approved by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.

As of  July 1, 2013, NCATE  has  been  incorporated  within the Council for the Accreditation of  Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is now the sole national specialized accreditor for teacher preparation.


Council for the Accreditation of  Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Conceptual Framework

NCATE states that “the conceptual framework establishes the shared vision for a unit’s efforts in preparing educators to work in P–12 schools.” The School of Education at Sacred Heart University actively uses its conceptual framework to develop, implement, monitor, and assess its programs and to articulate and evaluate candidates’ competencies in content mastery, skill development, the integration of technology and appreciation of diversity; and the development of dispositions in which the intellect and heart are focused on a greater good in teaching, leadership, and serving others.