Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program

CLSP

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Campus Location

Oakview Buliding
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Contact Department

Isabelle Farrington College of Education
Tel: 203-371-7800

The Farrington College of Education is proud to offer the 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in literacy degree. The CAS in literacy is a 36-credit program preparing prospective literacy professionals to address the needs of rapidly changing populations through dynamic coursework and experiences that integrate research-based theory with practical application. Clinical experiences include authentic opportunities for reading candidates to hone their practice through one-on-one tutoring, mentoring and coaching  teachers in a public school setting, using data-based instruction and designing staff development consistent with the needs of schools.

The CAS in literacy is a two-tiered program yielding state endorsements in reading/language arts: the Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts Specialist (102) and Reading and Language Arts Consultant (097). The Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program (CLSP) candidate has the option to progress from one program to the other in seamless transition or stagger the schedule to accommodate their needs.

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Tier I: Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts Specialist (102). The first 21 credits of the program are applied to the Connecticut Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts Certification (102). Candidates applying for the CLSP must have earned a masters degree, possess a CT teaching certificate and have taken a course in special education. By program completion candidates must be able to demonstrate at least three years of experience in which the position required teacher certification. Candidates are eligible to apply for state certification (102) after successful completion of program requirements and 30 months of successful classroom experience working under a teaching certificate. Classes are scheduled for late afternoon and evenings to accommodate the work schedules of full-time teachers.

Tier II: Reading and Language Arts Consultant (097). The prerequisite for admission to the 097 program is the (102) Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts certificate. Candidates applying for admission must have a teaching certificate, 30 months of full-time teaching experience and have completed all program requirements as stipulated within the (102) plan of study. Candidates are eligible to apply for state certification (097) after serving for 10 months in a position that requires the 102 certificate.

CAS: Literacy Degree
Students can continue beyond Tier I and Tier II to obtain their Certificate of Advance Study in Literacy degree by completing the three-credit terminal requirement.

Program Overview

  • ‌The CLSP degree requires completion of 36 credits, 21 of which can be applied to 102 certification and 12 of which can be applied to 097 certification.
  • Candidates must complete all requirements for the CLSP degree within six years of the date of the completion of the first course.
  • Candidates must have obtained a masters degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Candidates must hold an Educator’s Certificate and have taught for three successful years before applying for 102 certification. 
  • Candidates seeking 097 who have not completed 102 at SHU will be required to submit an admission essay stating their vision.
  • Effective February 1, 2015, any applicant for an endorsement in Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts (endorsement #102) or Reading and Language Arts Consultant (endorsement #097) will be required to pass the Reading Specialist Test.

Latest News

Education Alumna Wins Magnet School Honor

June 15, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Julie Goldstein, a graduate of Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education, recently received some very exciting news. Goldstein, who is principal of Breakthrough Charter School in Hartford, discovered that her school had won the top magnet school honor at the national Magnet Schools of America conference in Raleigh, N.C. The 2015 Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which comes with $5,000 and recognition as best magnet program in the country, is given annually to one magnet school that best exemplifies a commitment to diversity, high academic standards and curriculum innovation.

Horizons at SHU Enrichment Program Receives $20,000 Grant

May 26, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Horizons program at Sacred Heart University recently received a grant of $20,000 from Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF), one of its top supporters. Horizons, now in its fourth year of operation on SHU’s campus, serves children from Bridgeport public and parochial schools by providing them with a strong life foundation through academic training, high-quality enrichment and the tools to become good citizens. This program enables children to develop the skills and confidence to grow and become successful, contributing members of society in the city of Bridgeport and beyond.

Seventh Annual CAPP Communion Breakfast for Educators

February 12, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Seventh Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educators’ Communion Breakfast will take place at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 22. The keynote speaker will be Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. This annual event is sponsored by CAPP and Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education. Mass will take place at 9 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, followed by breakfast in University Commons. A tour of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit will be offered at 8:30 a.m., and a book signing, with copies of Hart’s book available to purchase, will take place at noon. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT as of February 24, 2015.