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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Horizons Celebrates Its Fifth Year

February 12, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Horizons at Sacred Heart University has much to celebrate. Not only has the enrichment program, which mentors and supports youth from Bridgeport schools, grown, it has no plans of slowing down. To commemorate its fifth-year anniversary, the program will be hosting an array of events in 2016 to show people that success can be reached and achievement gaps can be diminished with the right tools and support.

Jim Ziolkowski to Be Honored at CAPP Educators’ Breakfast

February 4, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Jim Ziolkowski, best-selling author, founder and CEO of non-profit organization buildOn, is this year’s honoree for Sacred Heart University’s Eighth Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educator’s Communion Breakfast. He has been selected by CAPP to receive the award at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 13. The event is co-sponsored by CAPP and Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education.

Sacred Heart University Deemed a ‘Remarkable Value’

January 11, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The New England Journal of Higher Education (NEJHE) says a Sacred Heart University education is a great buy for students. The NEJHE, a publication put out by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), which promotes educational opportunities and services for New England residents, used data published in Boston magazine and the NEBHE to examine the tuition at private universities in New England to see which ones offered the best value.