Welcome from the Dean

James Carl, Dean of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education‌Welcome to the Isabelle Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University. I encourage you to explore our virtual home to find out more about the College and our fine programs in teacher certification, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), educational leadership and literacy instruction. Our programs prepare candidates for their first teaching positions and for ongoing advancement in their careers. School districts in Connecticut have recently seen increased hiring of both beginning teachers and veteran educators. According to the Connecticut State Department of Education, the number of certified positions that school districts seek to fill has returned to pre-recession levels—an increase 55 percent over the past two years, from 3267 available positions in 2012 to 5095 available positions in 2014.

Our teacher certification programs attract college graduates from throughout the Northeast. They feature available internships in area schools that provide real-world experience and defray most of the cost of tuition. Available at our campuses in Fairfield and Griswold, our teacher certification programs prepare candidates for certification in Connecticut; program completers may also apply for certification in other states. Select courses are also available online and at our Stamford Graduate Center. For SHU undergraduates, we also offer the Five Year Program that includes a bachelor’s degree, teacher certification, and a master’s degree.

Our advanced programs in educational administration, literacy, and teaching offer field-based learning opportunities and convenient scheduling. Our Educational Leadership program for Intermediate Administrator and Supervisor certification (092) 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. Candidates for this certification may take classes at our Trumbull, Griswold, and Stamford locations; the educational administration Certificate of Advanced Study program is available in Trumbull and Griswold, and select courses are available in a blended online format. Our well-regarded Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program offers Remedial Reading/Remedial Language Arts Specialist (102) and Reading Consultant (97) certifications at the Trumbull location.

Our MAT program, open to qualified students who may or may not seek a teaching credential, enhances educator skills in all aspects of curriculum and instruction. The MAT is being transformed for 2015 to a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) degree that enables Connecticut educators to advance from provisional to professional certification. The M.Ed. will have available specializations in the academic content areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, Spanish, and (for elementary teachers) a multidisciplinary concentration. Specializations in literacy and special education will also be available; with additional coursework, they lead to (102) literacy or (165) special education endorsement.

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, and social studies to a remarkably diverse student population. Certification in Adult TESOL is also available. 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.

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 in is Art Education. For students in the Five Year Program, those who major in Art and Design complete certification requirements for elementary education with a cross endorsement in art. The program is also open to graduates of other universities who majored in art.

A cross-endorsement program in Special Education will enable certified elementary and secondary teachers to conveniently earn (165) endorsement in comprehensive special education. Designed for the working educator, students participate in two summer field experiences and take evening coursework during spring and fall. Internships are also available.

Our graduates achieve success as valued members of the education community in Connecticut and throughout the nation. Join us as we prepare the next generation of educators!

James “Jim” Carl