Teacher Certification: Elementary & Secondary

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Department Location

Oakview Buliding
101 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Contact Department

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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