Preparing justice-centered teachers for all students

CAEP Accreditation

USJ has received CAEP accreditation, a national recognition of the quality and distinction of our education programs.

Earn Your Education Degree from USJ

The Department of Education is a community of over 20 full-time faculty, staff, and part-time instructors who are professional educators, with 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 Programs

Teacher Licensure – M.A.T. Programs

Graduate – M.A. Programs


Contact Isaac Gottesman, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Education at [email protected] or 860.231.5261. Additional program contacts are listed below:

Meredith McConnochie – Director, Graduate Early Childhood/Special Education
Eileen Gonzalez – Director, Early Childhood/Special Education
Anthony Johnston – Director, Graduate Secondary Education
Ashley Oldham – Director, Special Education
Sharon Ware – Director, Special Education-Literacy Internship

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.

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