The internship, our school-based experience for pre-service teachers, has been characterized as a year-long interview and has led to Connecticut teaching jobs for our candidates for over 25 years.
Participants in the School-based Experience will provide instructional assistance under the support of a school administrator for such tasks as:
- Substitute teaching
- Grade level assistance
- guiding small instructional groups
- chaperoning field trips
- leading school projects based on personal talents and expertise
- conducting remediation lessons as recommended in learning plans
Candidates gain valuable experience through this opportunity to work in a school environment, build professional relationships and apply experience toward course instruction.
The Graduate Teacher School-based Experience affords candidates the opportunity to complete teacher certification and/or master's degree program requirements in a supervised setting in a public school. Candidates receive 30 tuition credits toward their Sacred Heart University Education degree.
School-based Experience to Include Certification and MAT
For candidates seeking both teaching certification and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, the graduate advisor will recommend a schedule which includes initial coursework, application/acceptance of a one year school-based experience starting in either the fall or spring semester, completion of coursework for certification including student teaching and ultimately completion of coursework for the MAT:
- Candidates whose application is completed by August 1 will be eligible to be considered for admission to the Summer II or Fall classes. Candidates admitted to the fall semester class will likely begin their school-based experience in the spring semester and student teach during the following fall.
- Candidates whose application is completed by December 1 will be eligible to be considered for admission to Winter Intensive or Spring classes. Candidates admitted in January will likely begin their school-based experience the next fall semester and student teach during the following spring.
- Candidates whose application is complete by May 1 will be eligible to start classes in May Intensive, Summer I or Summer II. Candidates admitted to summer classes will likely begin their school-based experience the next January and student teach during the following fall.
Candidates Already Certified
Candidates for the Master of Education who hold teaching certificates may also take advantage of our internship. Candidates must meet with an advisor to develop a plan of study and can apply immediately for a one year school-based experience in either the fall or spring semester.
Students who are accepted into the School-based Experience program are required to sign a promissory note in which they agree to complete their School-based Experience program. This entitles them to 30-credits of tuition. They are subject to tuition bills for any credits required after completion of the initial 30 credits.
Sacred Heart Ranks Highly in Princeton Review
August 20, 2018
Sacred Heart University students are among the happiest and most engaged in community service compared to other U.S. colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review. Its 2019 guidebook, The Best 384 Colleges, places SHU among its top 20 colleges for “Happiest Students” and “Students Most Engaged in Community Service.”
Alumnus Earns Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence
July 30, 2018
Sacred Heart University alumnus Sean Serafino, who teaches third grade at Monroe Elementary School, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for Connecticut at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. “I was honored to receive the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching,” said Serafino, who also is an adjunct education professor at SHU. “This is the most prestigious award an elementary science teacher can earn. I was happy for myself, but also grateful for the amazing students and colleagues that I have had the fortune of working with in Monroe since I student-taught there in 2004.”
Grant Will Help Promote Free Educational Resources
July 20, 2018
Sacred Heart University has received a $2,500 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to establish a faculty fellowship in open educational resources (OER) for the 2018-19 academic year. Open educational resources constitute free digital assets such as online research repositories, curriculum-sharing websites and freely accessible, online alternatives to textbooks.