Teacher Certification (Major Code 727)
Teaching requires dedication and commitment and, of course, a thorough knowledge base. Students entering the teacher certification program are required to have a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and a strong content major or area of concentration. We build upon these by providing coursework in pedagogy, coupled with supervised field experiences that allow students to put theory into practice.
Candidates can complete the master's degree program part time or in an intense full-time schedule of one year. Supervised internships, which begin in September or January, are available throughout Connecticut for full-time students. Those who do not become interns complete an individualized field study. After earning a master's degree, students complete the certification program with 13 weeks of student teaching.
Candidates choose from two track options: Elementary (K–6) or Secondary (7–12) in Business, English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, Music, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics), or World Languages (French or Spanish).
Information sessions are held regularly throughout the year. (See the website for locations and times.)
The Department of Education follows a Trimester Schedule: