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Fairfield, CT 06828
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 CT Foundations of Reading Exam (for elementary certification), and subject area Praxis II Test (for secondary 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 curriculums 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
- Comprehensive Special Education K-12 Cross Endorsement for certified Connecticut 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.
Horizons Program Receives $10,000 from Near & Far Aid
January 16, 2018
Horizons at Sacred Heart University, an enrichment program for Bridgeport’s underserved K-12 schoolchildren, has received a $10,000 grant from Near & Far Aid, which provides funds for agencies and programs serving impoverished communities in Fairfield County. The grant will help support 15-20 new students entering Horizons at SHU for 2018-19. The grant also will support the reading and STEM curricula for the program’s 120 existing students.
Farrington College of Education Names New Director of Assessment
January 10, 2018
Sacred Heart University has named Susan L. Hall of Fairfield as director of assessment for the Farrington College of Education (FCE). Hall has more than a decade of experience in higher education, most recently at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where she was assessment coordinator for general education, assistant professor of English and a committee member in departmental retention and recruitment, curriculum, institutional assessment and faculty development.
Sacred Heart Develops e-Journal to Showcase Student Research
January 8, 2018
Sacred Heart University has developed a new e-journal, the Sacred Heart University Scholar, which will showcase undergraduate research.