West Building: 3rd Floor, Section E
3135 Easton Turnpike
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.
Interprofessional Work is Key to Schoolchildren’s Success
February 22, 2019
About 40 Sacred Heart University students studying education, social work, speech-language pathology and physical and occupational therapy recently got a look at how their disciplines intertwine in school environments, thanks to a grant from the College of Health Professions. The graduate students participated in a three-hour program that aimed to help them better understand each other’s roles and how they overlap to help the children they one day will assist to have more meaningful, rewarding and successful school experiences.
Diverse Candidates' Voices: A Tapestry of Humanity
February 15, 2019
The FCE Diversity Committee in Collaboration with Graduate Admissions presents Diverse Candidates' Voices: A Tapestry of Humanity on March 12, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at West Campus, West Building - 3rd Floor, Section M Midway.
Healthcare and Education in Uganda
February 4, 2019
The Global Education and Health Lecture Series presents Healthcare and Education in Uganda Panel on February 12, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. Panel participants include: Dr. Moses Othin, Physician from Uganda; Dr. Emmanuel Dents Morgan, Physician from Uganda; Dr. Connie Glenn, Professor from College of Nursing, SHU; SHU Uganda Program Participants.