Preparing justice-centered teachers for all students

CAEP Accreditation

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

Earn Your Education Degree from USJ

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

Learn more about these Teacher Licensure Programs

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

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.

USJ News


    Ashley Oldham, Ph.D.
    Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education
    Phone: 860.231.5356
    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

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