School of Education
The School of Education is made up of a close-knit community of students, professors, administrators and staff. Our faculty members, with their years of experience, wealth of knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm help to prepare pre-service teachers and administrators to be leaders in public and private schools. In addition, our partner schools provide impressive clinical opportunities. Our programs thoroughly prepare candidates for a range of full-time teaching roles and leadership positions. Students start the programs eager to teach and lead; they leave with the necessary experience, skills and professional network to be successful. By the time our candidates finish our programs, they are fully ready for their teaching or administrative careers. Our graduates are in demand and our hiring rates reflect the very high quality of our students.
Students have many opportunities to practice educational theory and classroom management skills in classrooms throughout central and southern Connecticut.
Graduate MAT teacher candidates gain practical experience in their first two semesters. In their final year, they complete a full-time internship and gain experience through student teaching in a partner school.
Our dual-degree (4+1) MAT candidates complete 80 hours of work in public school settings throughout their junior and senior years and spend their graduate year in one school where they complete an internship and student teach under the guidance of a veteran educator.
Our Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership students complete 216 hours in an internship in a public school.
In addition to the numerous long-standing partnerships we have with area school districts, we have special professional development relationships with Side by Side Charter School in Norwalk and the Metropolitan Business Academy and Fair Haven School in New Haven.
These partnerships enhance new teacher preparation, strengthen faculty development opportunities, facilitate inquiry directed at the improvement of practice and enhance student achievement. The partnerships offer candidates the opportunity to experience the complexity and challenges of urban school settings.
Our alumni are busy shaping young minds, improving educational outcomes and advancing curriculums in school districts across the country. Quinnipiac graduates pursue diverse and rewarding careers as teachers, principals, administrators and special educators. We often bring them back as part time professors in our program.