The internship, our school-based experience for pre-service teachers, has been characterized as a year-long interview and has led to Connecticut teaching jobs for our candidates for over 25 years.
Participants in the School-based Experience will provide instructional assistance under the support of a school administrator for such tasks as:
- Substitute teaching
- Grade level assistance
- guiding small instructional groups
- chaperoning field trips
- leading school projects based on personal talents and expertise
- conducting remediation lessons as recommended in learning plans
Candidates gain valuable experience through this opportunity to work in a school environment, build professional relationships and apply experience toward course instruction.
The Graduate Teacher School-based Experience affords candidates the opportunity to complete teacher certification and/or master's degree program requirements in a supervised setting in a public school. Candidates receive 30 tuition credits toward their Sacred Heart University Education degree.
School-based Experience to Include Certification and MAT
For candidates seeking both teaching certification and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, the graduate advisor will recommend a schedule which includes initial coursework, application/acceptance of a one year school-based experience starting in either the fall or spring semester, completion of coursework for certification including student teaching and ultimately completion of coursework for the MAT:
- Candidates whose application is completed by August 1 will be eligible to be considered for admission to the Summer II or Fall classes. Candidates admitted to the fall semester class will likely begin their school-based experience in the spring semester and student teach during the following fall.
- Candidates whose application is completed by December 1 will be eligible to be considered for admission to Winter Intensive or Spring classes. Candidates admitted in January will likely begin their school-based experience the next fall semester and student teach during the following spring.
- Candidates whose application is complete by May 1 will be eligible to start classes in May Intensive, Summer I or Summer II. Candidates admitted to summer classes will likely begin their school-based experience the next January and student teach during the following fall.
Candidates Already Certified
Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching who hold teaching certificates may also take advantage of our internship. Candidates must meet with an advisor to develop a plan of study and can apply immediately for a one year school-based experience in either the fall or spring semester.
Students who are accepted into the School-based Experience program are required to sign a promissory note in which they agree to complete their School-based Experience program. This entitles them to 30-credits of tuition. They are subject to tuition bills for any credits required after completion of the initial 30 credits.
Sacred Heart University Celebrates 51st Commencement
May 14, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.— More than 2,000 Sacred Heart University students embarked upon a new journey this weekend after receiving diplomas and words of advice and motivation from religious leaders, scholars and classmates. President John J. Petillo addressed undergraduate students on Sunday. “Today is indeed your day. These past few years have slipped by so quickly. Yet in these years, friends have been made, knowledge has been shared and experiences have been afforded.” Petillo told the students to always ask why and to “be uncomfortable so that as you think critically and analytically you may grow in knowledge and faith.”
Sacred Heart University Awards Tenure, Promotions
April 18, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has awarded tenure to nine faculty members, seven of whom also earned promotions. In addition, seven additional members were promoted.
SHU Announces 51st Commencement Speaker
March 29, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, bishop of Bridgeport, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 51st Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14, at 10 a.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree. The University’s Graduate Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. Both ceremonies will be at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.