The internship, our school-based experience for pre-service teachers, has been characterized as a year-long interview and has led to Connecticut teaching jobs for our candidates for over 25 years.
Participants in the School-based Experience will provide instructional assistance under the support of a school administrator for such tasks as:
- Substitute teaching
- Grade level assistance
- guiding small instructional groups
- chaperoning field trips
- leading school projects based on personal talents and expertise
- conducting remediation lessons as recommended in learning plans
Candidates gain valuable experience through this opportunity to work in a school environment, build professional relationships and apply experience toward course instruction.
The Graduate Teacher School-based Experience affords candidates the opportunity to complete teacher certification and/or master's degree program requirements in a supervised setting in a public school. Candidates receive 30 tuition credits toward their Sacred Heart University Education degree.
School-based Experience to Include Certification and MAT
For candidates seeking both teaching certification and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, the graduate advisor will recommend a schedule which includes initial coursework, application/acceptance of a one year school-based experience starting in either the fall or spring semester, completion of coursework for certification including student teaching and ultimately completion of coursework for the MAT:
- Candidates whose application is completed by August 1 will be eligible to be considered for admission to the Summer II or Fall classes. Candidates admitted to the fall semester class will likely begin their school-based experience in the spring semester and student teach during the following fall.
- Candidates whose application is completed by December 1 will be eligible to be considered for admission to Winter Intensive or Spring classes. Candidates admitted in January will likely begin their school-based experience the next fall semester and student teach during the following spring.
- Candidates whose application is complete by May 1 will be eligible to start classes in May Intensive, Summer I or Summer II. Candidates admitted to summer classes will likely begin their school-based experience the next January and student teach during the following fall.
Candidates Already Certified
Candidates for the Master of Education who hold teaching certificates may also take advantage of our internship. Candidates must meet with an advisor to develop a plan of study and can apply immediately for a one year school-based experience in either the fall or spring semester.
Students who are accepted into the School-based Experience program are required to sign a promissory note in which they agree to complete their School-based Experience program. This entitles them to 30-credits of tuition. They are subject to tuition bills for any credits required after completion of the initial 30 credits.
Grant Will Help Promote Free Educational Resources
July 20, 2018
Sacred Heart University has received a $2,500 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to establish a faculty fellowship in open educational resources (OER) for the 2018-19 academic year. Open educational resources constitute free digital assets such as online research repositories, curriculum-sharing websites and freely accessible, online alternatives to textbooks.
Sacred Heart Earns Recognition as a College of Distinction
July 20, 2018
For the fourth consecutive year, Colleges of Distinction has reaffirmed that Sacred Heart University is doing all the right things. The higher-education organization once again recognized Sacred Heart for its academic excellence. With more program offerings, an expanding campus, faculty and staff dedicated to the needs and demands of the growing student population and students dedicating nearly 100,000 of community service, the designation is hard-earned.
SHU Student Builds Mentor Skills the Marine Corps Way
July 10, 2018
Meredith Homza, a sixth-year educational leadership candidate, has taken an unusual approach to enhancing her leadership and teamwork skills: she participated in an educator’s workshop at the United States Marine Corps’ Recruit Depot on Parris Island, South Carolina. Homza’s principal at J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford told her about the workshop, which is open not only to teachers, but also to school counselors, career advisors, superintendents and people in police academies. She applied to the competitive program, along with eight of her fellow teachers from the high school; they were accepted and six of them attended.