SHU Responds to Changes in Teaching Certification Requirements

News Story: June 25, 2014

In response to changes in some of the qualifications for teacher certification in Connecticut, Sacred Heart University’s Master of Arts in teaching program is being revised to keep current with the new regulations.

Legislation passed in 2012 requires that applicants for a professional educator certificate complete a master’s degree in a subject related to his or her area of educational expertise. The law takes effect on July 1, 2016; certifications earned before then will not be impacted by the new requirements. Prospective teachers are encouraged to enroll now to earn their degrees before the new legislation takes effect.

“The law has created some confusion among education students throughout the state who are wise to be investigating whether their degrees will hold up under the changing criteria,” says James Carl, dean of SHU’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education. “Sacred Heart has worked hard to ensure that our students will have a seamless experience as the state transitions to these new requirements. Our programs remain in compliance with the current regulations while proactively aligning with the new ones.”

SHU’s program revisions will enable elementary teachers to meet the new master’s degree requirements through its program in literacy education and its new program in special education cross endorsement, as well as a multi-disciplinary option. For secondary teachers—in addition to the literacy and special education options—the program is being revised to meet the requirements through appropriate subject area content in English, math, social studies, and science.

For more information about the changes to certification and the SHU education program, current and prospective students may contact Tara L. Chudy, director of Graduate Admissions, at 203-365-4735.