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
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 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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Latest News

Education Alumna Wins Magnet School Honor

June 15, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Julie Goldstein, a graduate of Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education, recently received some very exciting news. Goldstein, who is principal of Breakthrough Charter School in Hartford, discovered that her school had won the top magnet school honor at the national Magnet Schools of America conference in Raleigh, N.C. The 2015 Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which comes with $5,000 and recognition as best magnet program in the country, is given annually to one magnet school that best exemplifies a commitment to diversity, high academic standards and curriculum innovation.

Horizons at SHU Enrichment Program Receives $20,000 Grant

May 26, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Horizons program at Sacred Heart University recently received a grant of $20,000 from Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF), one of its top supporters. Horizons, now in its fourth year of operation on SHU’s campus, serves children from Bridgeport public and parochial schools by providing them with a strong life foundation through academic training, high-quality enrichment and the tools to become good citizens. This program enables children to develop the skills and confidence to grow and become successful, contributing members of society in the city of Bridgeport and beyond.

Seventh Annual CAPP Communion Breakfast for Educators

February 12, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Seventh Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educators’ Communion Breakfast will take place at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 22. The keynote speaker will be Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. This annual event is sponsored by CAPP and Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education. Mass will take place at 9 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, followed by breakfast in University Commons. A tour of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit will be offered at 8:30 a.m., and a book signing, with copies of Hart’s book available to purchase, will take place at noon. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT as of February 24, 2015.