At USJ, we believe teaching is a calling

The Department of Education at the University of Saint Joseph has a strong reputation for preparing students for diverse careers within the teaching profession. Many of our programs lead to teacher licensure in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education at both undergraduate and graduate level, as well as Early Childhood Education at the graduate level. We also offer advanced programs for practicing teachers looking to deepen their knowledge or seek additional teaching endorsements in critical shortage areas like Special Education or TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages).

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).

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Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Programs

  • 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


Teacher Licensure – MAT Programs

Graduate – M.A. Programs

*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

Why USJ?

We prepare teachers whose work is grounded in current research, theory, and evidence-based instructional practices to become agents of change across the various careers in education. This is accomplished through close faculty mentorship, rigorous coursework, and high-quality supervised fieldwork in our clinical partnership placements. 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.


CAEP Accreditation

All initial licensure programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation Providers (CAEP) 2018

The Department of Education at University of Saint Joseph is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on April 1-3, 2024. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: [email protected]

Such comments must be submitted prior to February 19, 2024, and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. 

Our Graduates

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.

Education Faculty


Ashley Oldham, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education
Phone: 860.231.5356
Email: [email protected]

Additional program contacts are listed below:
Kate Dooley – Director, Special Education
Meredith McConnochie – Director, Early Childhood/Special Education 
Eileen Gonzalez – Director, Elementary Education
Don Siler –  Director, Secondary Education
Sharon Ware –  Director, Special Education-Literacy Internship

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