Teacher Certification Admission Requirements

Apply Now - Completed applications are now due by 
April 1 for Summer enrollment!

  • Complete the online graduate application

  • $60 non-refundable application fee

  • 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

  • Essay: In an essay of 1-2 pages, discuss a recent experience interacting with children and/or youth and how this experience relates to your expectations for a teaching career. The Department of Teacher Education will evaluate your essay based on grammar, style, and organization; your experience working with young people from diverse populations; and your expectations for a teaching career. We anticipate admitting students who demonstrate excellent qualities in these areas.

  • Meet the Praxis Examination requirement for prospective teachers either through successful exam results or Connecticut State Department of Education official waiver
    - PRAXIS Core Academic Skills exam information
    - PRAXIS waiver information

  • Praxis II score report for certification area
    Praxis II results are required for all initial certification areas except Spanish. The ACTFL exam is required for Spanish. Passing scores are not required for admission but are required for certification.
  • Plan of Study Interview: After transcripts and essay have been submitted, meet with faculty advisor to complete a preliminary plan of study. Please call the Department of Teacher Education at 203-371-7808 to be assigned an advisor 

  • Background Check—Release proof of your successful background check completed within six months of your first education class at SHU. To register for an appointment though CES, sign up online.

  • Signed Applicant Statement of Understanding

A transcript review will be completed on all candidates being admitted into the initial teacher certification program. A faculty member of the Farrington College of Education will review transcripts and Praxis II scores to determine if there is a deficiency in Knowledge or Skills that must be remediated. If a deficiency is identified, an Action Plan is developed; that plan must be satisfied as a pre-condition for entry to Student Teaching.

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 B- 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 2.67 may contact Eva Magnuson at magnusone@sacredheart.edu for suggested options.

Official transcripts should mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825