Five-Year Program

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Kathleen Farmer
Tel: 203-365-7642

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Program Brochure

Department Location

West Campus
West Building: 3rd Floor, Section E
3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06828

Program Director

Sue Ringler Pet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Tel: 203-365-4472

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 a school-based experience where students will gain valuable knowledge and build professional relationships. 

The school-based experience 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. These courses include field experiences where students meet for class at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, Multicultural Magnet School in Bridgeport and Jane Ryan Elementary School in Trumbull. During their fifth year, they will complete the initial certification requirements, along with the requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Also during the fifth year, candidates will serve as teacher assistants in public schools for a full school year. Participation in the school-based experience will cover the tuition of 30 graduate credits!

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School-based Experience

The school-based experience participant will discuss his/her role in the school during the application interview and will provide 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

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Join us for an exclusive look into the latest Sacred Heart University Institute for Public Policy poll results on the future of public education in Connecticut. A question and answer session will follow the conversation, “Connecticut at the Crossroads: A Discussion About the Future of Public Education.” The event will take place on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the Martire Business & Communications Center Forum, 5401 Park Avenue, Fairfield.

CT Post: Sacred Heart to help alleviate school superintendent shortage

April 6, 2018

Sacred Heart University is getting into the business of creating school superintendents. The state Board of Education this week gave unanimous approval to a program that will allow existing school administrators to train for top district leadership roles. The one-year, 15-credit program will start this fall, with an expected enrollment of 15 to 18. It will leave participants with an “093” certificate which is required in Connecticut to be a schools superintendent. The program requires no exit test.

Sacred Heart to Become First Private Institution to Offer 093 Superintendent Certification

April 5, 2018

Sacred Heart University will launch a state certification program for aspiring school superintendents (093) this fall. Candidates who complete the course requirements will earn a sixth-year diploma upon graduation. David G. Title, assistant professor in the Education Leadership and Literacy Department, will be the program director. Title will teach two courses and also oversee all aspects of the certification path. “The program’s goal is to ensure that every candidate acquires the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful superintendent of schools upon completion,” he explains.