Preparing justice-centered teachers for all students
All initial licensure programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation Providers (CAEP) 2018
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The Department of Education is a community of 20 full-time faculty and staff, several professional educators who are part-time instructors, and more than 50 undergraduate students and 450 graduate students. As a unit, we are guided by a commitment to preparing justice-centered teachers and supporting equitable educational opportunities in PK-12 schools for all students, families, and communities.
Programs in the department focus on the preparation of teachers for initial teacher licensure (pre-service teacher education) and providing continuing education opportunities, including cross-endorsements, for licensed practitioners (in-service teachers).
Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Programs
- Elementary Education, Grades 1-6
- Comprehensive Special Education, Grades K-12
- Secondary Education, Biology Grades 7-12
- Secondary Education, Chemistry Grades 7-12
- Secondary Education, English Grades 7-12
- Secondary Education, History and Social Studies, Grades 7-12
- Secondary Education, Mathematics, Grades 7-12
- Secondary Education, Spanish, Grades 7-12
- Special Education, B.S. with Teacher Licensure
Teacher Licensure – MAT Programs
Graduate – M.A. Programs
- Autism and Neurodiverse Learners Graduate Certificate
- Curriculum and Instruction, M.A.
- Early Childhood Education/Special Education, M.A.
- Education – Arts Integration Concentration, M.A.
- Instructional Technology, M.A.
- Literacy, M.A.
- Special Education, M.A.
- *Special Education – Advanced Teaching, M.A.
- Special Education, M.A. with Graduate Certificate in Autism and Neurodiverse Learners
- Special Education – Literacy, M.A.
- *Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A. (Online)
*Advanced program leading to eligibility for cross-endorsement for teachers already holding an initial CT teacher license. Advanced programs are accredited by CAEP.
Education Program Benefits
- One-on-one advisement
- Small classes
- Strong relationships between faculty and students
- Best practices in teaching
- Active engagement
- Collaborative strategies
- Technology-rich resources
- Outstanding hands-on field experiences
We are proud of our graduates — life-long learners and emerging leaders who are remarkable in their abilities as new teachers and impressive in their capacities as effective practitioners. As a result, they are sought out by school districts throughout Connecticut.
Diversity Mission Statement
The Department of Education wishes to attract, support and retain diverse faculty, students and staff in its undergraduate and graduate programs, on and off campus. In the spirit of the Mercy Mission and in its commitment to actively pursue social justice, the department of Education embraces its diverse community and helps each individual achieve his or her full potential.
Ashley Oldham, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education
Director of Special Education
Email: [email protected]
Additional program contacts are listed below:
Meredith McConnochie – Director, Early Childhood/Special Education
Eileen Gonzalez – Director, Elementary Education
Anthony Johnston – Director, Secondary Education
Sharon Ware – Director, Special Education-Literacy Internship