Welcome from the Dean

James Carl, Dean of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education‌Welcome to the Isabelle Farrington College of Education, where we apply our motto, “promoting a culture of excellence in a changing world” by engaging students in nationally recognized educator preparation programs.

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 preparation programs prepare candidates for certification in Connecticut. Program completers may also apply for certification in other states. Select courses are available online and at our Stamford Graduate Center. 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.

For SHU undergraduates who are interested in becoming teachers, we offer the Five Year Program that includes a bachelor’s degree, teacher certification, and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.  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 school districts statewide. Our Education Club leads an annual conference in instructional technology for high school students in the Bridgeport schools.  Our newest program is in Art Education: for Five Year students a cross endorsement is now available for those who major in Art and Design.  The program is also open to graduates of other universities who majored in art.

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 Fairfield, Griswold, and Stamford locations; the educational administration Certificate of Advanced Study program is available in Fairfield and Griswold, and select courses are available in a blended online format.

For teachers interested in obtaining advanced certification in Reading, our well-regarded Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program is for you.  It offers Remedial Reading/Remedial Language Arts Specialist (102) and Reading Consultant (097) certifications and classes are conveniently located at our Fairfield and Griswold locations.

For teachers interested in honing their expertise in special education the college offers a cross-endorsement program in Special Education. This program enables certified elementary and secondary teachers to conveniently earn their CT (165) endorsement in comprehensive special education. Designed for the working educator, students participate in two 6-week summer field experiences with evening coursework in the intervening fall and spring semesters. Internships are also available. 

Our MAT programs, open to qualified students who may or may not seek a teaching credential, enhance educator skills in all aspects of curriculum and instruction. Plans are in the works for transforming the Master of Arts in Teaching to a Master’s of Education degree, which enables Connecticut educators to progress from provisional to professional certification with coursework that includes advanced preparation in the relevant academic content area.

For teachers in the Catholic schools we provide pertinent and up-to-date professional development and coursework that enables teachers to prepare for state certification. Sacred Heart University is proud to provide tuition assistance to educators in the parochial schools.

On the international front our college offers options to study education in Ireland and Costa Rica; these are both two-week programs, open to all candidates to earn credit towards certifications and degrees.  Seize an opportunity to explore another culture and its educational system by contacting Maria Lizano-DiMare for Costa Rica or Mike Giarratano for the program in Ireland.

I encourage you to explore our website to find out more about the College and our fine programs in teacher certification, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), educational leadership, literacy instruction and special education. Long recognized as a leader in education, today the Farrington College of Education addresses many critical needs in our nation’s schools and actively engages educational leaders who embrace strategies to improve the achievement of their students.  Our graduates achieve success as valued members of the education community in Connecticut and throughout the nation. Join us as we explore and integrate the diversity of our world into our culture of excellence in educator preparation!

James “Jim” Carl
Dean