Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program

CLSP

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Program Locations

Oakview Building
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Griswold Campus
267 Slater Avenue
Griswold, CT 06351

Program Directors

Karen Waters, Ed.D.
Fairfield Campus
Tel: 203-365-4811
watersk@sacredheart.edu

Karen Christensen, Ph.D.
Griswold Campus
Tel: 860-376-8408
christensenk@sacredheart.edu

The Farrington College of Education is proud to offer the 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in literacy. 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 CAS 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 CAS 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 a CT 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

Annual CAPP Breakfast Celebrates Longtime Catholic Educator

January 20, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Longtime Catholic educator Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, provost for education at the Archdiocese of Hartford, is this year’s honoree for Sacred Heart University’s Ninth Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educator’s Breakfast. Walsh will receive the Educator of the Year award at a breakfast in SHU’s University Commons on Sunday, March 12, and Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the keynote speaker. For tickets, call 203-365-4470.

King’s Legacy Honored at Special Event

January 19, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Sacred Heart University honored Martin Luther King, Jr., this week with a diverse event filled with reflection, spoken word poetry and music. “Today is a celebration,” senior Christian Carter told the audience filled with students, faculty, staff and community members. “And it’s an opportunity to reflect.” Carter served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

Standard & Poor's Upgrades Sacred Heart University to A Rating

December 13, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Standard & Poor's has raised Sacred Heart University's long-term rating to A from BBB+. "In the midst of all the other exciting news of Sacred Heart's extraordinary successes comes this news of a jump of two steps in our rating," said SHU President John J. Petillo. "S&P's report noted our growing enrollment and diverse geographic footprint as reasons for our success."