Teacher Certification Admission Requirements

Apply Now - The application deadline for Late Spring/Summer 1 enrollment is May 1st!

  • 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

  • Plan of Study Interview: After transcripts and essay have been submitted, meet with faculty advisor to complete a preliminary plan of study. You will be invited to attend a Plan of Study meeting via email

  • 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

Prior to registering for student teaching, a Praxis II score report in the appropriate certification area must be received by the Farrington College of Education. The Farrington College of Education recommends that admitted candidates complete the Praxis II exam as soon as possible to give the candidate adequate time to remedy any academic content area deficiencies. Praxis II results are required for all initial certification areas except Spanish. The ACTFL exam is required for Spanish. A passing score on the exam is required in order to register for 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