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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Sacred Heart University Recognized as a College of Distinction

August 25, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s excellence in engagement, teaching, community involvement and outcomes has earned it recognition as a 2016-2017 College of Distinction. The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures. This is the third time SHU has received this accolade.

Rupendra Paliwal Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

June 21, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Rupendra Paliwal has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Sacred Heart University. Paliwal has served as acting provost for the past six months. “In his short time as acting provost, Rupendra has demonstrated a collaborative leadership style focused on actions and outcomes. He has shown the ability to understand diverse viewpoints and to tackle tough and complex issues,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “As our next provost, I am confident that Rupendra will assiduously promote our mission by working collaboratively to further strengthen the academic reputation of the University, its colleges and programs, while fostering a culture of innovation and experimentation.”

Sacred Heart Aims Spotlight on Future Literacy Leaders

May 26, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University put the spotlight on reading and language arts recently with its fourth annual literacy conference, “Motivating through Literacy: Practice, Perspective, Promise.” The conference, which took place at the University’s Cambridge Commons in Trumbull, was orchestrated by Karen Waters, SHU’s program director for literacy in the Isabelle Farrington College of Education’s Department of Leadership and Literacy.