The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a specialization in elementary education program is an initial certification program for those who wish to teach kindergarten through grade 6. You do not need to have an undergraduate degree in education to enter the program. Perhaps you are a recent college graduate with an undergraduate degree in psychology who is now considering a career in teaching. Or, maybe you've worked for years in the business world and are looking for a complete change in your career. In either case, our program will accommodate your needs. Many of our students are working full time and pursuing their degree on a part-time basis. Classes generally meet one evening per week. The student teaching component of the program occurs in the final semester, and, naturally, requires a day commitment.
Montessori teachers and those currently enrolled in the Montessori Training Center of New England may also complete a master's degree in elementary education with a Montessori concentration. See Montessori Concentration.
Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, including our master's degree in elementary education, are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. Pass rate on the Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam that is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut is 100 percent.
Graduate students complete poster presentations for class in Theoretical Foundations of Children and Adults with Special Needs.