Quinnipiac University

School of Education Student Experience

At Quinnipiac, you'll join classmates from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, from high school valedictorians and first-generation college students to military veterans and non-traditional students. The diverse perspectives and the close-knit community provide a rich and challenging setting for nurturing your personal and professional development. For our students, that’s part of your growth. Our students are known for their friendliness, enthusiasm and a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic. Students graduate from our School of Education prepared and ready to work hard. Employers tell us that's what sets them apart.

Student Organizations

Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization (QFTO) is a student organization geared toward 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, attending conferences and leading service projects in schools throughout Connecticut.

Our mission is to mold educators who embrace lifelong learning and make important contributions to communities across the nation. We encourage our students to be active in academic clubs and honor societies dedicated to enrichment and high achievement in the subjects they will one day teach, from history and foreign languages to the natural sciences. They also have the opportunity to join efforts such as the Community Action Project, which enables students to bring the spirit of service to those they may one day teach.

Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization

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Future teachers impacting the present

Teachers are not only responsible for the academic development of students. They also have a tremendous impact on the social and emotional learning of their students. Members of the Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization learn that well in advance of their internships and student-teaching.

QFTO, a student-run club, organizes events and initiatives in public schools across Connecticut. These range from after-school tutoring and school beautification projects to programs that blend academics, nutrition and fitness.

Kimberly Day ’19, MAT ’20, and her peers run the Young Educator Society (YES) at Hamden Middle School, host Family STEM nights in local Connecticut public schools, and regularly work with displaced mothers and their children at Life Haven Emergency Shelter in nearby New Haven.

For their innovative programs and commitment to education equality across the socioeconomic spectrum, QFTO has received the National Education Association’s Local Excellence Award three consecutive years — and counting.

“This club was one of the main reasons I chose Quinnipiac,” said Molly Mastrianni `20, MAT `21. “If you care about kids and care about educating them, then I say join.”

Living-Learning Community

We foster a supportive and highly active community centered around a shared passion for the teaching profession. We also offer many opportunities to get involved in pursuits both inside and outside of the education field, including an active network of student groups, volunteering opportunities and a unique Living Learning Community (LLC) specifically designed for dual-degree students. Undergraduates in Quinnipiac's dual-degree programs can take advantage of the events, groups and culture of both the Mount Carmel and North Haven campuses.

Study Abroad Opportunities

As a student in the School of Education, you're required to fulfill field study hours in local schools as part of our curriculum. With our study abroad programs, Taylor Chelo ’17, MAT ’18, fulfilled her field study hours in a different location — central Italy. 

Watch the video below to hear Taylor talk about her experiences at Quinnipiac and her time as an ESL teacher in Italy.

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Taylor Chelo ’17, MAT ’18, didn't know which direction she wanted to take in life. Thanks to the help of an English professor, she developed a unique career path — a path that would lead her through central Italy.

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