Five-Year Program

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Kathleen Farmer
Tel: 203-365-7642
farmerk8@sacredheart.edu

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Program Brochure

Department Location

Oakview Building
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Program Director

Sue Ringler Pet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Tel: 203-365-4472
pets@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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