Lois Libby, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Internship Program
The internship has been characterized as a year-long interview and has led to Connecticut teaching jobs for our candidates for over 25 years.
The intern candidate 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 will gain valuable experience through this opportunity to work in a school environment, build professional relationships and apply experience toward course instruction.
The Graduate Teacher Internship affords candidates the opportunity to complete teacher certification and/or master's degree program requirements in a supervised internship setting in a public school. Candidates receive 30 tuition credits toward their Sacred Heart University Education degree.
Internship to Include Certification and MAT
For candidates seeking both teaching certification and the master's (MAT) degree, the graduate advisor will recommend a schedule which includes initial coursework, application/acceptance of a one year internship 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 interning 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 interning 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 interning 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 internship in either the fall or spring semester.
Students who are accepted into the internship program are required to sign a promissory note in which they agree to complete their internship. 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.
Reading Certification Program Benefits Students and Bridgeport Youth
April 29, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s Student Success Center becomes a literacy hub many afternoons when students seeking their reading certification work with youth in SHU’s Horizons program. For eight years, participants in SHU’s reading certification program have been tutoring K-12 students from greater Bridgeport’s public and parochial schools in a clinic known as Book Ends. The tutors are public school teachers looking to become certified remedial reading specialists. They need 60 hours of clinical experience to fulfill program requirements, and the clinic allows them to gain certification while helping Bridgeport youth perfect their reading skills.
50th Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients Announced
April 19, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Victoria Sweet, former award-winning historian and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 50th Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. At the same ceremony, Brad Evans, senior adviser at Morgan Stanley, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will address those gathered for the the University’s Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be bestowed on Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group.
College of Education Partners with CES for Special Ed Certification Program
April 18, 2016
Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University is partnering with Cooperative Educational Services (CES) and the Bridgeport public school system on an accelerated, 12-month program for certified teachers who want to earn their cross-endorsement in special education. Besides providing additional training for teachers, SHU’s aim for this program is to help fill the need for special education teachers in the state.