Students who meet these requirements are admitted:
- Minimum 2.67 (B-) overall undergraduate grade-point average from all colleges and universities attended and at least 45 college credits.
- 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
- 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 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. 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-.