Education — DRAFT

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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Which program is right for me?

Unsure which program is for you? Click the graphic below that aligns with your situation to see our program offerings in that category.

Undergraduate Licensure Programs

These programs are for:

  • Those who want to become a licensed teacher and get their undergraduate degree

MAT Programs

These programs are for:

  • Those who want to become a teacher and have already completed their undergraduate degree
  • Career changers, or those who have recently completed their undergraduate degree and want to become a teacher

Cross-Endorsement Programs

These programs are for:

  • Licensed teachers that want to cross endorse

Programs are aligned with Connecticut State Department of Education cross-endorsement requirements. Teachers already holding an initial CT teacher license are eligible for cross-endorsement once required examinations have been successfully completed.

Graduate Programs

These programs are for:

  • Licensed teachers and related service providers interested in:
    • a graduate degree in a specific area
    • a certificate
    • designing their own path

Literacy Programs

These programs are for:

  • Licensed teachers and other professionals interested in obtaining a master’s degree in literacy while gaining on ground field experience

About Us


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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