Welcome from the Dean

James Carl, Dean of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education‌Welcome to the Isabelle Farrington College of Education.  I encourage you to explore our virtual home to find out more about the College and our fine programs in teacher certification, educational leadership, literacy instruction and educational technology.

Our teacher certification programs attract college graduates from throughout the Northeast.  They feature internships in area schools that provide real-world experience and defray most of the cost of tuition. For Sacred Heart University undergraduates, we offer the five-year program that includes a bachelor’s degree, teacher certification, and a MAT degree. According to a recent study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, graduate degree holders in education enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates of all the professions—2 percent.  A graduate degree in education, whether an MAT or a Certificate of Advanced Study, is a wise investment!  Moreover, school districts in Connecticut have recently seen increased hiring of both beginning teachers and veteran educators. 

Our Educational Leadership (092) program is the top preparer of educational administrators in the state! We have an outstanding pass rate on the Connecticut Administrator Test and our graduates are in high demand.  Our Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program offers Remedial Reading/Remedial Language Arts Specialist (102) and Reading Consultant (97) certifications.  Our Advanced Studies in Teaching program has a sought-after concentration in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for teachers in the elementary and middle school grades.

Long recognized as a leader in education, today the CAEP-accredited Farrington College of Education addresses many critical needs in our nation’s schools.  Our engaged and knowledgeable faculty members help educators across the state hone their skills teaching elementary education and secondary subjects of mathematics, science, English, Spanish, business, and social studies to a remarkably diverse student population.  Our professors are leaders in the creation of new schools such as the Discovery Magnet School and the Fairchild-Wheeler Intra-district High School, which provide cutting-edge curriculum in the STEM fields to students from Bridgeport and the surrounding suburbs.  Our programs in educational leadership prepare a network of administrators who are well placed throughout Connecticut.  A doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is coming soon.

Students in our Five Year Program and our graduate interns have a strong presence in the Bridgeport Public Schools, where they offer assistance with tutoring, group instruction, and enrichment activities.  Internship opportunities are also available in other school districts statewide.  In the parochial schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport we provide pertinent and up-to-date professional development as teachers prepare for state certification.  Sacred Heart University is proud to make scholarships available to educators in the parochial schools. 

Our newest program is Art Education. Art Education is a new certification area offered in the five year program. Majors in Art and Design complete an MAT degree with a focus on Art Education and complete certification requirements for elementary education with a cross endorsement in art.

These are just a few of our exciting programs and initiatives. Our graduates achieve success as valued members of the education community in Connecticut and surrounding states.  Join us as we prepare the next generation of educators!

James “Jim” Carl