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    ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
    The Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation Department of the Graduate School of Education and Allied
    Professions (GSEAP) offers graduate programs for new and experienced teachers in elementary education that are
    organized around reflective inquiry and socially responsible professional practice. Guided by the GSEAP conceptual
    framework, we are committed to educating scholar-practitioners who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to:
    enact meaningful connections between theory and practice; promote a developmental model of human growth and
    learning; exercise ethical professional judgment and leadership; and advocate for quality education for all learners.
    As members of an inclusive community of learners, we (University faculty, experienced and aspiring classroom teachers,
    and community members and leaders) work together to create and sustain exemplary learning environments that
    empower PK-12 students to become engaged, productive citizens in their communities.

    Across all programs, our foci for inquiry and action include: the socio-cultural and political contexts of education and
    schooling; the complexities of teaching and learning; teacher work and professional cultures; culturally relevant
    understandings of human growth and development; and socially responsible uses of technology in schooling and society.
    For those interested in elementary education, GSEAP offers the opportunity both to gain Connecticut certification to
    teach at the elementary level (grades K-6), either initial certification or cross-endorsement and to earn a master of arts
    degree in Elementary Education.

    COURSE OF STUDY                                                   • ED 584   Reflective Practice Seminar: Elementary
    The master of arts degree in Elementary Education leading                    Education
    to initial elementary certification in grades K-6 requires         • ED 583 Student Teaching: Immersion in a Community
    51 credits of coursework which include the following:                        of Practice OR
    1. Complete 45 credits core and elementary certification           • ED 585 & 586 Supervised Teaching, Parts 1 & 2.
       courses                                                      2. Complete a 6-credit Integrated Inquiry/Advocacy
       (24 credits)                                                    Sequence:
       • ED 405 Contexts of Education in the Primary Grades            • ED 499 Introduction to Educational Research
       • ED 429 Philosophical Foundations of Education                           (prerequisites: 12 credits toward M.A.)
       • ED 437 Developing Literacy in the Elementary School:          • ED 511 Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic
                   Primary Grades                                                Engagement: A Capstone Seminar.
       • ED 447 Learning Mathematics in the Elementary
                   Classroom                                        Based on elementary education faculty evaluations,
       • ED 497 Supporting Science and Health-based Inquiry         teacher candidates may also be required to take ED 441
                   and Action by Elementary Students                Teaching and Learning within Multicultural Contexts of
       • ED 512 Contemporary Schooling In Society                   Education and/or ED 442 Educational Psychology.
       • ED 522 Learning and the Child’s Experience
       • ED 531 Extending Literacy in the Elementary School:        FIELDWORK AND PRACTICUM
                   Grades 3-6                                       The Graduate School puts special emphasis on the links
       • ED 545 Developing Integrated Curriculum for                between theory and practice and looks to fieldwork to
                   Elementary Students: Inquiry and Action          provide insights into how theory can best be applied.
       • ED 559 Empowering Struggling Readers and Writers           Student teaching experiences and fieldwork in methods
       • MD 400 Introduction to Educational Technology              courses take place primarily in the Bridgeport, Stamford,
       • SE 405/430 Special Learners in the Regular                 Stratford, and Norwalk school systems.
                   Classroom/ Exceptional Learners in the
                   Mainstream
TEACHER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS                                     STUDENT PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION
(PAID INTERNSHIPS)                                              Phi Delta Kappa
The internship for certified and non-certified teachers
provides an opportunity for novice teachers and those           PROGRAM ADVISORS
considering re-entry into the profession to have a year’s       Dr. Jennifer Goldberg
experience in a public school setting while pursuing either     (203) 254-4000, ext. 4250
a master’s degree or a certificate of advanced study.           jgoldberg@fairfield.edu
During the internship year, interns assume a variety of
responsibilities that vary according to their placement.        Dr. Patricia Calderwood
Each semester, interns attend a weekly seminar that             (203) 254-4000, ext. 4250
focuses on issues pertinent to their internship                 pcalderwood@fairfield.edu
experiences. In return for the intern’s service, the school
district deposits $13,500 with Fairfield University. The        Dr. Barbara Welles-Nyström
amount is banked for interns to draw upon for courses           (203) 254-4000, ext. 4250
taken at Fairfield University toward their degree. The intern   bwelles-nystrom@fairfield.edu
gains valuable hands-on experience while helping to
defray a major portion of his or her tuition costs for          Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Calderwood, and Dr. Welles-Nyström are
the degree being pursued. For more information about            the faculty advisors for the Elementary Education program.
applying for an internship please contact the director of       They are available to answer any specific questions you
Student Internship Placements, Joseph Ricciotti, at             have about our program, discuss/develop a program of
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2284.                                      study for you, or to schedule an advising appointment.

WAIVER OF STUDENT TEACHING                                      REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Candidates who have completed 10 school months of               Applicants for a master’s degree must hold a bachelor’s
successful teaching within 10 years prior to entry into         degree from a regionally accredited college or university
an approved program (at the grade level, subject or             (or the international equivalent) and give promise of
field appropriate to the endorsement area, excluding            meeting the standards set by the School. Applicants for
substitute teaching) may apply to the State of                  certification must have completed at least 39 general
Connecticut for a waiver of the student teaching                education credits, including at least one course in the
requirements. The waiver must be recommended by the             each of the following areas:
candidate’s department. Candidates who qualify should           • English
request a waiver immediately upon admission to the              • Natural science
program. They should submit their requests in writing to        • Mathematics
the certification officer in the dean’s office (Dr. Christine   • Social studies (including a survey course in U.S. history)
Siegel), with a copy to their advisor, along with a completed   • Foreign language
copy of State Department of Education form ED 126.              • Fine arts
                                                                • U.S. history survey course (covering at least 50 years)
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                                            No more than six (6) credits of prerequisite coursework may
Fairfield graduates are well received throughout the state      be missing to be eligible for formal admission; this course-
and the region as teachers who have a thorough and              work must be completed before student teaching begins.
balanced training. As they seek appointment to a school
system in Connecticut, the reputation of the Graduate           FORMAL ADMISSION PROCESS
School of Education and Allied Professions and the recom-       Deadlines:
mendations of their teachers weigh heavily in their favor.      Applications to the graduate program are accepted on
                                                                a rolling basis between September 1st and May 31st.
CONNECTICUT WRITING PROJECT
The Connecticut Writing Project/Fairfield University, an        Students seeking admission must complete and submit
affiliate of the National Writing Project, is located on        the following to:
campus and is dedicated to improving students’ writing            Fairfield University
abilities by strengthening the teaching and learning of           Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
writing, providing professional development programs for          Kelley Center
classroom teachers, and expanding the professional roles          1073 North Benson Rd.
of teachers. Invitational summer courses are conducted            Fairfield, CT 06824
by CWP/Fairfield and, with approval, may be used to fulfill      1. A completed formal application. Apply online at
degree requirements.                                                 www.fairfield.edu/geapp.
 2. A non-refundable $60 application fee                        based fieldwork and may be exited from their degree
 3. A professional résumé                                       program, depending on the nature of the conviction.
 4. A personal statement. Students should describe              Students must present the receipt documenting that they
    why they want to undertake graduate studies in the          have undergone fingerprinting at a RESC to the Dean’s
    program for which they are applying.                        office (Canisius 102) prior to course registration.
 5. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges
    attended. We generally expect applicants to have a
    minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.
                                                                MEASLES AND RUBELLA IMMUNIZATION
                                                                Connecticut law requires that students born after
    Any applicant whose undergraduate GPA is lower
                                                                December 31, 1956 provide proof of measles and rubella
    than 2.67 must request and receive a GPA waiver
                                                                immunization. This includes two doses of measles
    from the department. Waivers are granted on a case
                                                                vaccine administered at least one month apart (the second
    by case basis and may require supplemental
                                                                dose must be given after December 31, 1979) and one dose
    undergraduate coursework to increase the
                                                                of rubella vaccine after the student’s first birthday. The
    undergraduate GPA and/or earning a B or better in
                                                                exception to this is students who provide laboratory
    two or more approved graduate-level courses. All
                                                                documentation of immunity to measles and rubella.
    foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved
    evaluating service. A list of approved evaluators is
                                                                Although this is not required to complete an application,
    available at www.fairfield.edu/eval
                                                                you must provide proof of immunization prior to course
 6. Passing scores for the PRAXIS I test requirement or
                                                                registration. Please keep in mind that this process can
    have this requirement waived based on appropriate
                                                                take some time, and that you must be in compliance
    SAT, ACT, GRE or PAA scores. www.ets.org/praxis
                                                                before registration. Immunization verification information
 7. At least two recommendations. Suggested
                                                                should be submitted directly to the University’s Health
    recommendations include your undergraduate or
                                                                Center. You can download the necessary form at
    graduate professors, your major advisor, your work
                                                                www.fairfield.edu/immunization. Any questions
    supervisor, or a professional in the field that you wish
                                                                regarding this policy should be directed to the University
    to study who knows you. Note that recommendations
                                                                Health Center by calling (203) 254-4000, ext 2241.
    from friends or co-workers are not accepted.
 8. Participate in an admissions interview (applicants are
    notified regarding an interview after a paper review of     NON-MATRICULATED STUDENT STATUS
    their credentials.)                                         Under our Non-Matriculated Status option, qualified
 9. All international students whose native language is         students may take two or three courses (depending on the
    not English must demonstrate proficiency in the             program of study) before gaining admission to a degree or
    English language by taking either TOEFL or IELTS            certification program. This option provides a wonderful
    exams. For admission to the graduate school, a TOEFL        opportunity for qualified students to explore degree
    composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for          options and to confirm personal goals and readiness for
    the computer-based test, 84 on the internet-based           graduate study. Qualifications to be considered include
    test with a minimum score of 21 in reading and 23 in        a bachelor’s degree (required) and other qualifications
    writing is required. An IELTS score of 7.5 is required.     related to your preparedness for graduate-level studies
    Scores must be sent directly from the Educational           in the field of interest to you. Successful completion of
    Testing Service (TOEFL) or IELTS.org. Fairfield’s ETS       coursework does not guarantee formal admission.
    code is 3390.                                               Students seeking non-matriculated admission can
                                                                find the application and directions for doing so at
                                                                www.fairfield.edu/gseap_adtypes.
BACKGROUND CHECK AND FINGERPRINTING
In compliance with Connecticut state law effective              Individuals enrolled as non-matriculated students are not
July 1, 2010, applicants whose programs of study will           eligible for any tuition aid or financial support.
require participation in school-based field experiences
(i.e., observations, practica, student teaching, internships,
etc.) must undergo state and national criminal history
                                                                MAXIMUM CREDITS ALLOWED
background checks before beginning their program of             BEFORE FORMAL ADMISSION
study. The regional educational service centers (RESCs)         The total number of credits earned before formal
that are authorized to conduct fingerprinting services          admission to a program (i.e., the total number of transfer
and provide the background check results to the Con-            credits plus any credits earned as a non-matriculated
necticut State Department of Education and local school         student) may not exceed 6 (six) credits for applicants to
districts are listed at www.fairfield.edu/fingerprinting.       certification programs or 9 (nine) credits for applicants
University students who have a history of a federal or state    to non-certification programs.
conviction may be barred from participating in school-



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NON-MATRICULATED ADVISING                                    OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID
Dr. Faith-Anne Dohm, Professor & Senior Associate Dean       Advisors from the Office of Financial Aid are committed
(203) 254-4250                                               to helping students find the options that best suit each of
fdohm@fairfield.edu                                          their needs. We encourage all Fairfield University graduate
                                                                                                                                   	
                                                             students to contact our Financial Aid office with any ques-
Questions about the application process or                   tions or to make an appointment to speak with a counselor.
requirements should be directed to the
Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission:         Contact Information
Phone: (203) 254-4184                                        Phone: (203) 254-4125
Toll-Free: (888) 488-6840                                    Fax: (203) 254-4008
Fax: (203) 254-4073                                          E-mail: finaid@fairfield.edu
E-mail: gradadmis@fairfield.edu
                                                             Office Operations
Office Operations                                            Days: Monday-Friday
Days: Monday-Friday                                          Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.                                   Location: Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
Location: Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
                                                             GRADUATE HOUSING
TUITION/FINANCIAL AID                                        Fairfield University will be offering housing for full-time
Academic Year 2011/2012                                      graduate students in two locations for the 2011-12
Tuition: $600/ credit hour                                   academic year. Graduate students will be housed in
                                                             independent off-campus houses and a suite-style
A graduate education can provide countless professional      residence hall (Kostka Hall). For details and a housing
and personal rewards in the future. However, the costs       application, visit www.fairfield.edu/gradhousing.
associated with earning a master’s degree may be
challenging. Many students need to look beyond their own     ONLINE CATALOG: For detailed course descriptions,
financial resources or the resources of their employer for   schedules and other University information, please refer
assistance. There are many ways to finance a graduate        to our online catalog www.fairfield.edu/catalogs.
education, including graduate assistantships, federal
direct loan programs and our Veterans Pride Program          GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND
which are all discussed at www.fairfield.edu/gradfa.         ALLIED PROFESSIONS WEBSITE:
                                                             www.fairfield.edu/gseap




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