Vision and Mission
We are dedicated to the art and science of preparing educators for the success of all learners in a changing global society.
Guided by a strong belief in meeting the needs of individual students, the faculty of the School of Education seeks to develop educators who are committed to all children. Graduates understand the crucial role that the integration of theory and practice plays in the teaching-learning process with populations of diverse learners across a variety of settings. Through rigorous academic work combined with varied extensive field experiences, graduates support and model a constructivist, collaborative and technologically appropriate approach to teaching and learning.
Teacher Licensure Programs
Curriculum and Instruction, M.A.
Literacy, M.A. Elementary or Secondary Education
Instructional Technology, M.A.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A.
Secondary Education, M.A.T.
With teaching licensure
- Traditional Grades 7-12 by Subject
- REACH to Teach (Accelerated) Grades 7-12 by Subject
Licensed teachers who wish to add an additional area of endorsement to their teaching credentials have several options. Only the Connecticut State Department of Education can determine required coursework. To pursue cross-endorsement, please contact the Connecticut Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Preparation and Licensure, to obtain a list of required courses for the desired cross-endorsement.
The School of Education benefits from two laboratory schools. The Gengras Center, an on campus school for students with significant disabilities, and the School for Young Children, an early childhood school nearby, offer opportunities for on-site observations, field work, practicum, internships and course-related applications.
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society
Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education has been active at USJ since 2009. The society has a long-standing commitment to “recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperative, support, and professional growth for educational professionals.” Letters of invitation are sent in February to students eligible for membership informing them of a March orientation meeting and an initiation ceremony in the spring.
The School of Education has partnerships with several school districts and agencies, which provide candidates the opportunity to interact with K-12 students under faculty supervision. Longstanding partnerships include: Bloomfield School District, Connecticut Department of Children and Family Services, and West Hartford Schools. Candidates are provided authentic opportunities to assess, teach and collaborate with others.
This internship is for licensed teachers. Selected interns, with a minimum GPA of 3.25, receive 15-30 credits of coursework plus a stipend for working in a school district as a reading tutor for up to two years. The program places an emphasis on developing candidates’ reading intervention skills. Also see Special Education Literacy, M.A.
Internship in Pre K-12 Schools
The University of Saint Joseph provides opportunities for students completing graduate studies or licensure courses to serve as interns in public school classrooms during the school year. The participating schools provide 18 graduate credits that the intern may apply to tuition costs at the University of Saint Joseph. In addition, a small stipend is provided for books and materials each semester. Contact the director of student teaching and clinical experiences for more information.