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 Education 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.
Huffington Post: An Arts Leader Shaping the Lives of Kids in Her Hometown
January 17, 2018
Alicia Robinson is the Director of Performing & Visual Arts for Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut and the Local Program Director for Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport. She began her career as an educator in 2009 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport with a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Music. She recently acquired her Sixth-Year Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership at Sacred Heart University.
Horizons Program Receives $10,000 from Near & Far Aid
January 16, 2018
Horizons at Sacred Heart University, an enrichment program for Bridgeport’s underserved K-12 schoolchildren, has received a $10,000 grant from Near & Far Aid, which provides funds for agencies and programs serving impoverished communities in Fairfield County. The grant will help support 15-20 new students entering Horizons at SHU for 2018-19. The grant also will support the reading and STEM curricula for the program’s 120 existing students.
Farrington College of Education Names New Director of Assessment
January 10, 2018
Sacred Heart University has named Susan L. Hall of Fairfield as director of assessment for the Farrington College of Education (FCE). Hall has more than a decade of experience in higher education, most recently at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where she was assessment coordinator for general education, assistant professor of English and a committee member in departmental retention and recruitment, curriculum, institutional assessment and faculty development.