Inspiring the next generation of teachers
Professor Anne Dichele is typical of our faculty in an important way: she has worked in the classroom and learned what works. In 1997, she was one of six public school educators who capitalized on a new Connecticut state law allowing charter schools and founded an academically challenging, cooperative-learning-based charter school in an urban school district in Norwalk. She continues to serve as chair of the Side by Side Charter School’s board of directors.
Dichele brings invaluable perspective to her students—from someone who has been there and made a difference in education. She also continues to look for new ways to make a difference. The combination is a hallmark of our faculty here.
By the Numbers
Percentage of our Class of 2015 master of arts in teaching students who were full-time teachers within 12 months of graduation.
Average grade point average of our 2015 School of Education graduates.
Number of states where recent graduates have obtained teaching, leadership and instructional design positions, from New Hampshire to North Carolina to Colorado to California.
Programs at a Glance
An ambitious approach to higher education
Our programs aim to inspire. The School of Education programs are dynamic—both in and outside the classroom. Students investigate and apply new knowledge to educational challenges in real-world settings.
We combine rigorous curricula with a sequenced set of strong, hands-on, clinical experiences. We provide a deeply engaged, forward-looking faculty. We place our student teachers in the care of best-practice mentors in trusted partner school districts. Our program is intentionally designed to prepare graduates to think innovatively, transforming the way our nation approaches education.
School and Campus Life
Develop the skills to change your community — and the world
At Quinnipiac’s School of Education, we place great emphasis on career preparation and placement. We expose our students to great teaching, and also to the great challenges in inner-city school districts. We send students each year on a mind-expanding service trip to Nicaragua. We support them as they research and present papers at national teachers’ conferences. As our students prepare to graduate, we invite area education professionals to take part in mock job interviews, giving students the kind of real-world feedback that will help when the interviews count.
Opportunities for Students
- Resume writing and interview workshops
- Individual career advising and counseling sessions
- International service trips
- Help with in-state and out-of-state certification process
- University-sponsored teaching job fairs
- Mock interview sessions with instructional design professionals, school principals and superintendents
In Their Words
Gain real-world teaching experience
Even at an early age, Rebecca Rice ’14, MAT ’15, knew she wanted to be a teacher.
"I always found my teachers to be incredibly helpful," she said. "Watching them make such an impact on their students made me want to do the same when I got older."
Rice's lifelong desire to teach and help others was reinforced by her work experience in real classrooms through the School of Education's five-year master's program in elementary education. As part of her course work, Rice spent two hours every week in a fifth-grade classroom at Fair Haven School in New Haven, Connecticut helping out with lesson plans and working one on one with students.
"I love walking into the classroom and having those 'light bulb moments' with the students," said Rice, who is now a fourth-grade teacher in Farmington, Connecticut. "You just all of a sudden see them get it and you know you helped them get to that point. That, for me, is the most rewarding part of teaching."
Admissions and Financial Aid
Take your first step in shaping the next generation
Our students in the School of Education aren’t just numbers to us. And neither are you. We’re happy to guide you through the application process and respond to your individual needs and concerns at every step.
Centers and Resources
Spaces that inspire
The School of Education occupies nearly 6,000 square feet on our North Haven Campus, with a variety of sophisticated facilities designed to train future teachers. Many of your classes will be held in technologically advanced rooms that feature touch-screen SMART boards, and elementary and secondary education students have access to a small library with specialized books and materials.
The Curriculum Center is ideal for class meetings, Praxis workshops and other group work, and is equipped with a Polyvision board and modern projection equipment. You'll have all the tools you need to be prepared for a successful career as an educator.
We also have partnerships with two local schools - Side by Side Charter School and Fair Haven School, both of which provide opportunities for hands-on professional development experiences.Centers and Resources
Work that lifts all students
A student enjoys teaching so much that he spends more than the 20 required semester hours observing students at a high school in New Haven – and then is hired full time by the school during his student-teaching year. A graduate becomes a high school principal, and sets out to build partnerships with local universities to give his students college experience and help them make a smoother transition to college. A faculty member writes a book exploring the data and rationale behind common myths in American education, and nudges the national conversation toward what really works. In these and hundreds of stories like them, our students, alumni and faculty are doing work that matters.
Students already touching lives. Alumni in leadership roles. Experienced faculty working to change the status quo. It’s what we do.
The School of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the organization responsible for professional accreditation for teacher education, under the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, and by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
School of Education graduates earn exceptionally high scores on licensure examinations required for certification both within and outside the state of Connecticut, including the Praxis II tests for elementary and secondary teacher candidates in the master of arts in teaching program, as well as the Connecticut Administrators' Test (CAT) taken by the candidates in the sixth-year diploma program in educational leadership.