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. New cross-endorsements in Special Education and Art are anticipated to begin in Summer 2015.

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. Students who join our program now are encouraged to complete all certification courses prior to July 1, 2016 at which point changes in state regulations will be affecting our current curriculum. Sacred Heart University will be revising the current MAT to be in compliance with the new state regulations. For more information about the new master's degree requirement, please visit: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/cert/certalertmay2014.pdf

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.

Connecticut Certification Requirements

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

A bachelor's degree, Praxis I and a GPA of 2.75 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.

Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey
New York Rhode Island Pennsylvania Vermont

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