North Haven High School AP Psychology teacher Evan Soderholm '13, MAT '14, engages with his students, from right, Charlotte Cecarelli and Zoi Burns in class at the North Haven High School on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Career Development

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Overview

Take the next step in your teaching journey

Our programs thoroughly prepare you for a range of full-time teaching roles and leadership positions, no matter where you are in your career.

The School of Education is built upon a small and close-knit community led by professors who are eager to share their decades of experience and deep professional networks. Beginning with the foundational Introduction to Education class and field work inside real classrooms, we’ll work with you at each phase to help you decide which path to take.

Our graduates achieve high placement rates well ahead of the national average, with the vast majority of MAT students employed in full-time teaching positions within four months of graduation. This is because we take practical career preparation seriously.

We host resume writing workshops with alumni, team-simulated interviews with representatives from the Educational Leadership program, and mock interview training with local school principals and administrators. We also help you to complete and file all the required documents for teacher certification. Each year, our mentoring program, Bridge, helps graduates enjoy a seamless transition from the role of student to the role of professional teacher.

Students arrive in our programs eager to teach and lead. They leave with the necessary experience, skills and professional network to start doing it immediately. It’s that simple.

Clinical Experiences

Koral Unique Johnson smiles with a young child at a desk in a classroom.

Shaping the classroom

Koral Unique Johnson '17 works closely with a student at Ridge Hill School in Hamden.

Teaching theory put to extensive practice

Each of our programs blends modern teaching theory with broad field-based experiences. Through a deep network of collaborative partnerships with school districts throughout central and southern Connecticut, students have many opportunities to put educational theory and classroom management skills to the test.

Our dual-degree MAT candidates complete 80 hours of work in public school settings throughout their junior and senior years, and our Sixth-Year Educational Leadership students complete over 200 hours of field study.

In their final year, MAT teacher candidates complete a full-time internship with a collaborating school. This enables students to contribute as valued members of the school community under the guidance of a practicing teacher and a Quinnipiac field study coordinator. The classroom experience culminates in student teaching during the final graduate semester, which involves taking full responsibility for all aspects of teaching, under the guidance of a veteran educator. 

“I have experienced firsthand how well prepared student teachers are in Quinnipiac’s MAT program. They have a deep understanding of current best instructional practices, and stand out as future teachers, interns and hired professionals.”
E. Marie McPadden, EdD
Amity Regional School District #5 Director of Curriculum

Teacher Certification

Untangling the certification process

Before you launch your teaching career, you’ll need certification from the state in which you plan to teach. We‘ve been there, and we know how stressful and confusing the certification process can be. That‘s why we host several certification nights throughout the year designed to guide students through the entire process, from filing state-required paperwork to gathering all necessary documentation for PRAXIS score reports.

Connecticut enjoys a high reciprocity rate nationally, making license transfer and attainment easier between states. Our associate dean will assist in the completion and filing of all the required documents for those who plan on teaching in Connecticut, and will guide all others who wish to teach in other states. 

Contact Us

Beth Larkins-Strathy
Associate Dean of Education
Career Development for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 
beth.larkins-strathy@qu.edu
203-582-3510