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

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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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Twelve distinguished Sacred Heart University alumni will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 16, at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. These awards are given each year to recognize exemplary individuals who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their daily lives. They use their professional skills, creative talents and humanistic strengths to make a difference in their communities and careers.