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Earn Connecticut Educator Certification
The Farrington College of Education’s graduate program leads to certification in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) or Secondary Education (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
Masters Degree Completion
SHU's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree may be completed in unison with the graduate teacher certification program. Upon completion of the graduate curriculum for teacher certification, a graduate student may expect to complete an additional 12 credits to earn the MAT degree.
- Successful completion of a Connecticut state-approved teacher preparation program
- Passing scores on the Praxis II test: subject area for secondary and elementary subjects for elementary. A passing score on the CT Foundations of Reading Exam is also required for elementary certification.
- A bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 2.67 or higher for admission to a teacher preparation program
- If you wish to transfer your certification to another state, find certification and licensure requirements on the department of education website for your state.
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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 Option
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
- Inclusive curriculum's designed to address the critical needs in our nation’s schools, with coursework that may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis
- Available Five-Year Program for undergraduates who wish to earn a Bachelor’s degree in an academic major, initial teaching certification, and a Master’s degree
- A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) available to students currently seeking their teacher certification
- A Master of Education (M.Ed.) available for already certified teachers
- A sixth-year Certificate of Advanced Studies in Literacy degree program
- Engaged faculty who help educators hone their teaching skills
- Leadership programs that prepare successful school administrators
- Two International Studies programs that allow students to explore education in global contexts
Prepare to teach in today’s complex learning environments. Apply for your Teacher Certification in Elementary or Secondary Education today.
Club Rugby Players Volunteer to Help School Children Read
March 22, 2018
Members of Sacred Heart University’s men’s club rugby team have been helping Bridgeport elementary and middle school students develop their reading and writing skills at Horizons at SHU. Horizons at SHU is a nonprofit enrichment program that aims to keep low-income Bridgeport children academically and socially engaged during the summer and on weekends during the school year. Horizons’ mentors work with students in first through eighth grade who are not reading and writing at their appropriate grade level.
March 21, 2018
Sacred Heart University's annual Academic Festival will take place on Friday, April 20, from 1-3 p.m. in University Commons
Tom Brokaw, Linda McMahon, Richard Edelman and Marna Parke Borgstrom to Be Honored at 52nd Commencement
March 12, 2018
Television journalist and author, Tom Brokaw, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 52nd undergraduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, at 10 a.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, degree. Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and former SHU trustee, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, degree.