Teacher Certification: Elementary & Secondary

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Department Location

Oakview Buliding
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Contact Department

Department of Teacher Education 
Tel: 203-371-7800

The Farrington College of Education offers a graduate program leading to Connecticut public school Teacher Certification in Elementary Education (grades 1-6), as well as Secondary School (grades 7-12) Teacher Certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, Social Studies/ History and Spanish.

Our program provides instruction with the most up to date teaching methods, taught by instructors with real world experiences in the public schools. You will have the opportunity to apply what is learned at Sacred Heart University to elementary and secondary school environments. Our graduates are sought after by school districts across the state and throughout the nation.

Students who complete our teacher certification program may continue for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. An advisor will assist you on identifying which certification courses can be applied toward your master's degree

Candidates pursuing initial teacher certification at Sacred Heart University can also take advantage of our graduate teacher internship program.

For admission information on the Farrington College of Education Teacher Certification program visit admission requirements.

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Connecticut Certification Requirements

In addition to successfully completing a Connecticut state approved teacher preparation program the state requires passing scores in Praxis I test,  CT Foundations of Reading exam (for elementary certification), and subject area Praxis II test (for secondary certification).  

A bachelor's degree, successfull Praxis Core Academic Skills exam and a GPA of 2.67 is required for admission.

Out of State Certification Requirements 

The Farrington College of Education offers graduate programs for students pursuing initial certification, cross endorsement, and advanced certification. Program completers are eligible for certification in Connecticut and other states. Students who wish to transfer their certification to another state are advised to consult certification and licensure requirements in that state, as each state has its own certification procedures. Please consult the department of education website in your state. Links to surrounding state departments of education are provided here.

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Latest News

Education Alumna Wins Magnet School Honor

June 15, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Julie Goldstein, a graduate of Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education, recently received some very exciting news. Goldstein, who is principal of Breakthrough Charter School in Hartford, discovered that her school had won the top magnet school honor at the national Magnet Schools of America conference in Raleigh, N.C. The 2015 Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which comes with $5,000 and recognition as best magnet program in the country, is given annually to one magnet school that best exemplifies a commitment to diversity, high academic standards and curriculum innovation.

Horizons at SHU Enrichment Program Receives $20,000 Grant

May 26, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Horizons program at Sacred Heart University recently received a grant of $20,000 from Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF), one of its top supporters. Horizons, now in its fourth year of operation on SHU’s campus, serves children from Bridgeport public and parochial schools by providing them with a strong life foundation through academic training, high-quality enrichment and the tools to become good citizens. This program enables children to develop the skills and confidence to grow and become successful, contributing members of society in the city of Bridgeport and beyond.

Seventh Annual CAPP Communion Breakfast for Educators

February 12, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Seventh Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educators’ Communion Breakfast will take place at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 22. The keynote speaker will be Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. This annual event is sponsored by CAPP and Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education. Mass will take place at 9 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, followed by breakfast in University Commons. A tour of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit will be offered at 8:30 a.m., and a book signing, with copies of Hart’s book available to purchase, will take place at noon. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT as of February 24, 2015.