Teacher Certification Admission Requirements

Apply Now - Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year!

  • Complete the Online Graduate Application Form
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Essay (1-2 pages) stating the reasons you wish to enter the teaching profession
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities previously attended
    • Sacred Heart University students and alumni of SHU may authorize the Office of Graduate Admissions to obtain their official SHU transcripts on their behalf - authorization form
  • Meet the Praxis I Examination requirement for prospective teachers either through successful exam results or Connecticut State Department of Education official waiver
    - PRAXIS I test information
    - PRAXIS I waiver information
  • Praxis II score report for certification area
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your future potential as a teacher
  • current resume
  • Meet with a faculty adviser in the Education Department of Teacher Education to complete a transcript review and a preliminary plan of study for completion of the program. Please call the Department at 203-371-7808 to be assigned and adviser. 
  • Background Check-- Release proof of your successful background check completed within 6 months of your first Education class at SHU. To register for an appointment though CES, sign up online.
  • Signed Applicant Statement of Understanding

Note: Students applying to the Farrington College of Education must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to enrollment into the program and meet the required 2.75 undergraduate cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at the time the Bachelor's degree was awarded. Applicants who are have a GPA above 2.5 but below the required 2.75 may contact Tara Chudy at chudyt@sacredheart.edu for suggested options.

Application materials can be sent via email or fax to:

Tara Chudy
Director Of Graduate Admissions
Fax: 203-365-4732

Official transcripts should mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825