Student-teachers try out a new approach in a multi-lingual classroom in New Haven, and get instant results. They assist with lesson planning and classroom management, substitute teach, student teach. A professor writes a scholarly book exploring the truth behind the most common myths in American education — and uses his findings to inform his teaching in the classroom. Our professors regularly publish, present at conferences, consult, and are recognized for their accomplishments by state and national organizations. When you have a working faculty that teaches and you give students the opportunity to do real work, you get a feedback loop that makes education real.

School is in session

Bridget O'Connor, a graduate of the School of Education's MAT program, teaches kindergarten at Ridge Hill School in Hamden, CT.

Featured Work

Learning beyond the classroom

Murals line the room during the 2nd annual Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Awareness Week at the School of Education North Haven campus on February 12, 2016.

Our faculty bring personal and professional experience to their teaching

Theory becomes grounded when the teacher of the course has done the work in the trenches and learned from it. All professors in the School of Education are or were practicing teachers. Many of them stepped away from public school classrooms not because they didn’t like it, but because they loved it — and thought they could do more good teaching teachers who also loved it. Says one of them, “We stepped out of public school classrooms not because we didn’t like it, but because we loved it.” In addition to the best practices and industry-seasoned perspective our professors bring to their classrooms, they serve as uniquely qualified mentors and unofficial career advisors.

Beyond Campus

A world-sized classroom

The world of opportunities for students in the School of Education extends far beyond our campus. Students observe classes and student teach in inner-city schools in New Haven and Norwalk. Education faculty and students travel to rural Nicaragua, where they present workshops, participate in service projects, and learn how Nicaraguan teachers use minimal materials in creative teachers’ methods. A senior completes a research paper — and is invited to present her findings at a national education conference in Las Vegas. In these and dozens of stories like them, students gain a perspective on their future careers they can’t get from any classroom.

Special Opportunities

At the School of Education, you will have many opportunities to explore your passion for education in ways that make a real difference. Take part in a humanitarian project in Africa sponsored by Quinnipiac’s Albert Schweitzer Institute. Work on local community outreach efforts with the Quinnipiac Future Teacher’s Organization. Serve as a research assistant developing new K-12 STEM curriculum units in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning. Pursue internships and service trips that line up with the subject areas you plan to teach — and  have an impact in the process.



Modernizing science education

Anja Pennell and Michael Sposito, of the Capitol Region Education Council, train as part of Project SING (Science Induction for the Next Generation) at the School of Education Curriculum Center.

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Learning, from both sides

School of Education student Koral Unique Johnson '17 guides the class during her internship at Ridge Hill School in Hamden, CT.

Learning Opportunities


External partnerships

The School of Education at Quinnipiac University has mutually beneficial relationships with several local public school districts. Teachers and administrators in these school districts regularly participate in university-sponsored events and professional development workshops. Many serve on the School of Education's Advisory Council, collaborate on projects aimed at improving P-12 student learning and achievement, and serve as mentors to candidates in our academic programs.

Below is a sampling of our partner public school districts

  • Bethany Public Schools 
  • Cheshire Public Schools
  • Hamden Public Schools
  • New Haven Public Schools
  • North Branford Public Schools
  • North Haven Public Schools
  • Orange Public Schools
  • Wallingford Public Schools

Student Groups

Pick your passion and get in the game

The School of Education offers numerous strategic partnerships with organizations and institutions both within and outside the university community. Each of these partnerships plays a critical role in the School of Education's ability to deliver high quality academic programs and learning opportunities to its candidates.

Building blocks for the future

QFTO members interact with students at our first STEM Night of the year at the YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp in Meriden, CT.

Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization (QFTO) is a club at Quinnipiac University geared towards students who share an interest in teaching and wish to pursue a career in education. QFTO's members explore different aspects of the teaching profession through discussion, events and service projects in schools in CT. This club provides opportunities such as invitations to state-wide conferences, allowing members to learn about teaching as a profession and to help them as beginning teachers. 

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