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
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
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During the internship year, interns assume a variety of
responsibilities that vary according to their placement. Dr. Patricia Calderwood
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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 email@example.com
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
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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
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-
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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
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education, including graduate assistantships, federal
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