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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Latest News

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.

Reading Certification Program Benefits Students and Bridgeport Youth

April 29, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s Student Success Center becomes a literacy hub many afternoons when students seeking their reading certification work with youth in SHU’s Horizons program. For eight years, participants in SHU’s reading certification program have been tutoring K-12 students from greater Bridgeport’s public and parochial schools in a clinic known as Book Ends. The tutors are public school teachers looking to become certified remedial reading specialists. They need 60 hours of clinical experience to fulfill program requirements, and the clinic allows them to gain certification while helping Bridgeport youth perfect their reading skills.

50th Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

April 19, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Victoria Sweet, former award-winning historian and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 50th Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. At the same ceremony, Brad Evans, senior adviser at Morgan Stanley, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will address those gathered for the the University’s Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be bestowed on Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group.