Five-Year Program

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Department Location

Oakview Building
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Program Director

Michael Giarratano, MAT
Associate Professor
Tel: 203-365-4707
giarratanom234@sacredheart.edu

Our Five-Year Program is available to undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a professional career in teaching. This innovative program offers a Bachelors degree in an academic major, initial teaching certification, and a Masters degree. The Five-year program includes an internship in a school environment where students will gain valuable school experience and build professional relationships. 

The internship has been characterized as a year-long interview and has led to Connecticut teaching jobs for our candidates for over 25 years.

Candidates may apply for admission to the Five-Year Program by November 1st of their Sophomore year. They will take seven courses that can be applied toward initial teacher certification during junior and senior year. During their fifth year, they will complete the initial certification requirements, along with the requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Also during the fifth year, candidates will serve as interns in public school for a full school year. Participation in the internship will cover the tuition of 30 graduate credits!

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Intern Role in the School

The intern candidate will discuss his/her role in the school in the application interview and will comprise instructional assistance under the support of a school administrator for such tasks as:

  • Substitute teaching
  • Grade level assistance
  • tutoring
  • guiding small instructional groups
  • chaperoning field trips
  • leading school projects based on personal talents and expertise
  • conducting remediation lessons as recommended in learning plans

The internship has been characterized as a year long interview and has led to Connecticut teaching jobs for our candidates for over 25 years. 

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – More than 1,900 Sacred Heart University students began a new journey this weekend after receiving diplomas and words of advice and encouragement from business and religious leaders, scholars and classmates. President John J. Petillo reflected on the students’ past four years and how their time spent at the University transformed them in substance and in spirit. “Continue to chase your dreams unfettered by the naysayers. May the knowledge and experiences you gained here enable you to be women and men for others,” Petillo said.

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Fairfield, Conn. - The Connecticut Science Teacher Association announced recently that Sean Serafino ’04, MAT ’05, Sacred Heart University alumnus and adjunct professor, has been selected to receive the Excellence in Elementary School Science Teaching Award. Serafino is a third grade teacher at Monroe Elementary School.

Title Moving from Fairfield School Post to New Role at SHU

May 2, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Fairfield School Supt. David G. Title is moving into higher education as assistant professor of educational leadership at Sacred Heart University's Isabelle Farrington College of Education, where he will teach aspiring school and district leaders. Title also will be instrumental in the development and implementation of a doctoral and certification program for educators desiring higher positions when he starts his new role in August. In this position, he will work with educators who seek to take the next step in their careers to become an administrator, department head or principal. He also will supervise corresponding internships.