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Fairfield, CT 06825
Earn Connecticut Educator Certification
The Farrington College of Education’s graduate program leads to certification in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) or Secondary Education (grades 7-12; Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, Social Studies/ History and Spanish).
Through the program, you will:
- Join one of the largest private teacher preparation programs in Connecticut
- Gain the most up-to-date teaching methods
- Learn from instructors with real-world, public-school experience
- Apply your knowledge in elementary and secondary school environments with diverse student populations
Masters Degree Completion
SHU's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree may be completed in unison with the graduate teacher certification program. Upon completion of the graduate curriculum for teacher certification, a graduate student may expect to complete an additional 12 credits to earn the MAT degree.
- Successful completion of a Connecticut state-approved teacher preparation program
- Passing scores on the Praxis II test: subject area for secondary and elementary subjects for elementary. A passing score on the CT Foundations of Reading Exam is also required for elementary certification.
- A bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 2.67 or higher for admission to a teacher preparation program
- If you wish to transfer your certification to another state, find certification and licensure requirements on the department of education website for your state.
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Sacred Heart annually recommends about 300 students to the State Department of Education for teaching certification.
Bring your education to the classroom through the Graduate Teacher Internship Option
This year-long tuition-paid, full-time experience allows you to gain valuable skills while you work in a school environment, build professional relationships and apply your practice to course instruction.
Additional Program Benefits
- Inclusive curriculum's designed to address the critical needs in our nation’s schools, with coursework that may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis
- Available Five-Year Program for undergraduates who wish to earn a Bachelor’s degree in an academic major, initial teaching certification, and a Master’s degree
- A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) available to students currently seeking their teacher certification
- A Master of Education (M.Ed.) available for already certified teachers
- A sixth-year Certificate of Advanced Studies in Literacy degree program
- Engaged faculty who help educators hone their teaching skills
- Leadership programs that prepare successful school administrators
- Two International Studies programs that allow students to explore education in global contexts
Prepare to teach in today’s complex learning environments. Apply for your Teacher Certification in Elementary or Secondary Education today.
Partnership with Code.org Brings Coding to K-12 Students
November 2, 2018
Sacred Heart University has become the official partner of Code.org in Connecticut, joining a nationwide network that supports efforts to expand access to computer science in K-12 schools. Code.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding computer science access to younger students and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Its vision is to ensure that every student has the chance to learn computer science, just like they do biology, chemistry or algebra, according to its website. The organization provides curriculum for K-12 computer science in school districts across the nation.
Education and Health Systems in Russia, Uganda and Vietnam
October 29, 2018
The Global Education & Health Lecture Series presents Education and Health Systems in Russia, Uganda and Vietnam on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 7:30-9 p.m. (reception at 7 p.m.) in the Schine Auditorium - 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Guest speakers will include: Daria Artemeva, M.D., a neurologist from Kazan State Medical University, Russia; Duong Duy Khoa, M.D., a physician at Cho Ray Hospital, Vietnam; Emmanuel Dennis Morgan, M.D., a resident pathologist at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda; Nguyen Thanh Nam, M.D., a pulmonologist at Cho Ray Hospital, Vietnam.The event is free, but registration is required.
Sacred Heart Faculty Institute Welcomes AI Experts
October 12, 2018
As far as we know, there were no humanoids amid the full house of educators who gathered October 9 at Sacred Heart University for a discussion on “Artificial Intelligence—Applications and Implications.” Rupendra Paliwal, SHU’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Cenk Erdil, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, moderated the session. It featured five leading experts from the AI field: Jerry Smith, vice president of data sciences and AI strategy at Cognizant; Kathy McGroddy-Goetz, head of strategic partnerships at Medidata Solutions; Lin Zhou, master inventor and program director of Education Innovation at IBM Watson Education; Emily Reid, principal of E.E. Reid Consulting, LLC; and Hugh Seaton, CEO, Aquinas Learning, Inc.