Five-Year Program

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Department Location

Oakview Buliding
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Program Director

Michael Giarratano, MAT
Associate Professor
Tel: 203-365-4707

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 33 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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U.S.News & World Report: SHU Again Among the ‘Best Colleges in the North’

September 9, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In its 2016 edition of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News Media Group has placed Sacred Heart University among the top colleges and universities in the North. U.S. News also commended SHU’s online programs and programs for veterans. The rankings include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide.

SHU Selected as a 2015-2016 College of Distinction

September 9, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University has been selected as a 2015-2015 College of Distinction. The Colleges of Distinction organization sited ongoing commitment to student engagement, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes in choosing Sacred Heart for its list.

SHU Welcomes Class of 2019

August 28, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – With 1,316 students, Sacred Heart University’s class of 2019 joins the two previous classes as the largest in Sacred Heart history. In addition to its size, the class is also distinguished by its academic accomplishments as evidenced by an average high school GPA of 3.4, which is the highest ever GPA for an incoming class. The students hail from 13 international countries and 25 states and territories with the most common being New York (36 percent), Connecticut (26percent), New Jersey (17 percent) and Massachusetts (10 percent). Ninety-one percent of the class will live on campus.