Teacher Certification: Elementary & Secondary

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Department Location

Oakview Building
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Contact Department

Tel: 203-371-7808

Transform Student Lives – And Your Opportunities 

Become a sought-after graduate of the Sacred Heart University teaching program, and open the door to opportunities in school districts across the state and throughout the nation.  

Earn Your Connecticut Public School Teacher Certification 

The Farrington College of Education’s graduate program leads to certification in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) or Secondary School (grades 7-12; Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, Social Studies/ History and Spanish).

Through the program, you will:

  • Join one of the largest private teacher preparation programs in Connecticut
  • Gain the most up-to-date teaching methods
  • Learn from instructors with real-world, public-school experience
  • Apply your knowledge in elementary and secondary school environments with diverse student populations 

Certification Requirements 

Connecticut Requirements:

Out-of-State Requirements:

  • If you wish to transfer your certification to another state, find certification and licensure requirements on the department of education website for your state.
Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey
New York Rhode Island Pennsylvania Vermont


Sacred Heart annually recommends about 300 students to the State Department of Education for teaching certification.

Bring your education to the classroom through the Graduate Teacher Internship Program 

This year-long tuition-paid, full-time experience allows you to gain valuable skills while you work in a school environment, build professional relationships and apply your practice to course instruction. 

Additional Program Benefits 

Prepare to teach in today’s complex learning environments. Apply for your Teacher Certification in Elementary or Secondary Education today.  

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