Five-Year Program

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Department Location

Oakview Building
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Program Director

Cima Sedigh, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Oakview 225D
203-365-4717
sedighc@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 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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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.

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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.

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