Students apply to the School of Education no later than Dec. 1 of their sophomore year. Admission to the program is separate from admission to Quinnipiac. Transfer students cannot enter the program after the second semester of their junior year.
Students who meet these requirements are admitted:
- A preferred 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) for 45 credits of course work with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major (applicants with overall GPAs below 2.67 will not be considered).
- A declared major for the bachelor's degree.
- Students studying elementary education can choose any major the University offers; however, students are encouraged to choose a major from the College of Arts and Sciences or School of Health Sciences for better preparation in a subject they will teach.
- The School of Education requires students studying secondary education to choose a major from among the following: biology, English, history, mathematics, political science, sociology or Spanish.
- Passing score on the PRAXIS I exam (PPSTs) or a PRAXIS I waiver.
Applying to the School of Education requires the following:
- At least two written recommendations from individuals who have recent knowledge (within the past two years) of the applicant's suitability as a prospective educator, including one from a college instructor
- A written essay completed on-site that meets program standards
- A formal interview to demonstrate your communication skills; ability to respond appropriately to potential classroom situations; demeanor appropriate to the teaching profession; and commitment necessary to meet the program's demands
Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all teacher candidates to undergo a criminal background check prior to being placed in a public school setting for a clinical experience. Because clinical experiences are an integral part of the master of arts in teaching program, failure to conform to the law's requirements will make candidates ineligible to begin their program of study. Information regarding the background check will be provided to applicants at the time of their interview for admission into the program. The School of Education has procedures in place to assist candidates in obtaining the background check. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the teacher candidate.
Meeting the Program's Standards
Students need to maintain a 2.67 (B-) overall undergraduate grade-point average with a C or better in all general education courses. Students need to maintain a 3.0 grade-point average for graduate courses in each semester and earn at least a B- or better in all education courses. If you earn a C+ or below in an education course, you need to retake the course and earn at least a B-.
If the candidate, once formally accepted into the MAT program, fails to maintain the minimum GPA, that candidate may be allowed to remain in the program for a single semester on probationary status. If a candidate on probation fails to meet the minimum GPA by the end of the single probationary semester, that candidate is dismissed from the program. Granting of probationary status is subject to the director's approval and is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
Candidates in the secondary program must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all content area course work to remain in good standing in the program and be recommended for certification. In addition, secondary teacher candidates who earn a C+ or below in two or more undergraduate content area courses will be required to meet with the MAT program director to discuss continuation in the program.
Candidates failing to meet professional standards in the program may be subject to suspension or dismissal. In addition, candidates who exhibit a lack of effort or enthusiasm in the program, or who reveal interpersonal skills unsuited or inappropriate for teaching, will be required to meet with the MAT program director to discuss continuation in the program.