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									                                                                                  Fairfield University
                                                                              GRADUATE PROGRAMS


    The Curriculum and Instruction Department offers graduate programs for new and experienced teachers that are orga-
    nized around reflective inquiry and socially responsible professional practice. Guided by the GSEAP conceptual frame-
    work, 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 K-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.
    Decisions for formal admission to the masters in secondary education are made three times a year.

    Master’s in Secondary Education with Initial 7-12 Certification: The M.A in Secondary Education provides candidates
    with the theoretical and pedagogical knowledge and skills needed for initial 7-12 licensure in one of five subject areas:
    English, Math, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or General Science) Social Studies/History, and World Language
    (French, German, Latin or Spanish). Through a combination of foundational and subject-specific coursework, field experi-
    ences, and a culminating master’s project, candidates earn both their initial licensure and master’s degree. (The above
    program includes a change in the degree, and was formerly called the Masters in Teaching and Foundations with initial
    Secondary Teaching Certification)

    FACULTY ADVISORS:                                              INFORMATION ABOUT TEACHING
    English: Dr. Emily Smith                                       CERTIFICATIONS
    203-254-4000, ext. 2396                                        Potential candidates are encouraged to discuss prerequi-
    esmith@fairfield.edu                                           sites with program faculty advisors or graduate admissions
                                                                   staff before or during the admission process. Informa-
    Math & Science: Dr. Aidin Amirshokoohi                         tion about the most recent certification requirements and
    203-254-4000, ext. 2079                                        applications for certification can be downloaded directly
    aamirshokoohi@fairfield.edu                                    from the Connecticut State Department of Education
                                                                   website at www.state.ct.us/sde.
    World Languages: Dr. Anne Campbell
    203-254-4000, ext. 2873
                                                                   PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
                                                                   Requirements for M.A. in Secondary Education with
    Social Studies: Dr. Marsha Alibrandi                           Initial 7-12 Certification
    203-254-4000, ext. 2586                                        1. Complete all core and discipline-specific course work,
    malibrandi@fairfield.edu                                          including:
                                                                   2. Complete 21 credits in the required Core Curriculum:
                                                                      a. ED 429 Philosophical Foundations of Education
                                                                      b. ED 441 Teaching and Learning within Multicultural
                                                                         Contexts of Education
   c. ED 442 Educational Psychology                           Secondary Field Work Competency
   d. SE 405/430 Special Learners in the Regular              Secondary candidates are required to complete a mini-
      Classroom/Exceptional Learners in the Mainstream        mum of 20 hours of field work in an approved field setting
   e. MD 400 Introduction to Educational Technology           prior to student teaching. This field work cannot replace
   f. ED 499 Introduction to Education Research               field work required for a course. A critical reflective essay
   g. ED 512 Contemporary Schooling in Society                of seven to ten pages that documents and synthesizes a
3. Complete Field Work Competency                             minimum of 20 hours of their teaching experiences and
4. Complete 18-21 credits in Discipline-Specific course-      learning is required for progression to student teaching.
   work (see below)                                           Candidates are required to submit to their advisors a let-
5. Complete master’s project: Product of Learning (ED 599),   ter documenting their completion of at least 20 hours of
   Capstone Seminar (ED 511), or Thesis (ED 498 Thesis        teaching experiences. Successful completion of the field
   Seminar)                                                   work competency is required in order to progress to stu-
                                                              dent teaching.
Required Discipline-Specific Coursework
English                                                       FORMAL ADMISSION PROCESS
• ED 459 Developmental Reading in the Secondary School        Deadlines:
• EN 405 Literature for Young Adults                          Applications to the graduate program are accepted on a
• EN 411 Teaching Writing in the 3-12 Classroom               rolling basis between September 1st and May 31st.
• EN 417 Traditional and Structural Grammar
• ED 466 English Methods                                      Students seeking admission must complete the following
• ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student            procedure. Submit:
  Teaching                                                     1. A completed formal application
• ED 589 English Seminar                                       2. A completed supplemental application
Mathematics                                                    3. A non-refundable $60 application fee
Two graduate-level math courses (These courses are taken       4. A professional résumé
through the M.A. in Math offered by the University)            5. An admission essay
• ED 464 Math Methods                                          6. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges at-
• ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student                 tended. We generally expect applicants to have a mini-
  Teaching                                                         mum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. Any appli-
• ED 591 Mathematics Seminar                                       cant whose undergraduate GPA is lower than 2.67 must
Science                                                            request and receive a GPA waiver from the department.
• ED 572 Guided Research in Science                                Waivers are granted on a case by case basis and may
• ED 573 Instructional Issues in Teaching Science                  require supplemental undergraduate coursework to
• ED 462 Science Methods                                           increase the undergraduate GPA and/or earning a B or
• ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student                 better in two or more approved graduate-level courses.
  Teaching                                                         All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an ap-
• ED 592 Science Seminar                                           proved evaluating service. A list of approved evaluators
World Language                                                     is available at www.fairfield.edu/eval.
• SL 467 Language Acquisition                                   7. Passing scores for the PRAXIS I test requirement or
• SL 439 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching for El-              have this requirement waived based on appropriate
  ementary School                                                  SAT, ACT, GRE or PAA scores. www.ets.org/praxis
• ED 463 World Language Methods                                8. Two recommendations, one of which must be, prefer-
• ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student                 ably, from a current employer or supervisor
  Teaching                                                     9. Participate in an admissions interview (applicants are
• ED 593 World Language Seminar                                    notified regarding an interview after a paper review of
History/Social Studies                                             their credentials).
• ED 510 Teaching Cultural & Political Geography              10. Students from non-English speaking countries are
• ED 515 Teaching Economic & Physical Geography                    required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign
• ED 468 Social Studies/History Methods                            Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite
• ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student                 score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-
  Teaching                                                         based, or 80 on the internet based test (iBT) is strongly
• ED 594 Social Studies/History Seminar                            recommended for admission. Fairfield’s ETS code is
                                                                   3390. www.ets.org
MEASLES AND RUBELLA IMMUNIZATION                                 For more information about applying for an internship
Connecticut law requires that students born after Decem-         please contact the Director of Student Internship Place-
ber 31, 1956 provide proof of measles and rubella immuni-        ments, Dr. Joseph Ricciotti, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2284.
zation. This includes two doses of measles vaccine admin-
istered at least one month apart (the second dose must           CONNECTICUT WRITING PROJECT
be given after December 31, 1979) and one dose of rubella        The Connecticut Writing Project/Fairfield University, an
vaccine after the student’s first birthday. The exception to     affiliate of the National Writing Project, is located on
this is students who provide laboratory documentation of         campus and is dedicated to improving students’ writing
immunity to measles and rubella.                                 abilities by strengthening the teaching and learning of
                                                                 writing, providing professional development programs for
Although this is not required to complete an application,        classroom teachers, and expanding the professional roles
you must provide proof of immunization prior to course           of teachers. Invitational summer courses are conducted
registration. Please keep in mind that this process can          by CWP/Fairfield and, with approval, may be used to fulfill
take some time, and that you must be in compliance               degree requirements.
before registration. Immunization verification information
should be submitted directly to the University’s Health
Center. You can download the necessary form at                   CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
www.fairfield.edu/immunization. Any questions regard-            Students who complete their certification satisfactorily
ing this policy should be directed to the University Health      have excellent prospects of beginning positions in teach-
Center by calling (203) 254-4000, ext 2241.                      ing. They are helped by Fairfield University’s reputation for
                                                                 teacher preparation, broad faculty contacts within the pro-
                                                                 fession, and a large number of alumni who are established
PRACTICE TEACHING AND FIELDWORK                                  in school systems throughout Connecticut and nearby
The secondary program culminates in an experience as a           states. Connecticut certification planned program course-
student teacher in a local school. During this experience,       work is accepted, through the NASDTEC Contract, in other
students are observed, assisted, and evaluated by supervi-       states and the District for certification.
sors from the University and on-site cooperating teachers.
This experience builds upon previous exposure in the class-
room gained through fieldwork service completed during           STUDENT PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION
the course in Educational Psychology. Many students also         Phi Delta Kappa
gain valuable experience as volunteers with local schools.
Student teachers from the University are placed in schools       NON-MATRICULATED STUDENT STATUS
in the surrounding communities, including Bridgeport,            Under our Non-Matriculated Status option, qualified
Fairfield, Greenwich, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Stratford,      students may take two or three courses (depending on the
Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.                          program of study) before gaining admission to a degree or
                                                                 certification program. This option provides a wonderful
Teacher Internship Programs (Paid Internships)                   opportunity for qualified students to explore degree
The internship for certified and non-certified teachers          options and to confirm personal goals and readiness for
provides an opportunity for novice teachers and those            graduate study. Qualifications to be considered include
considering re-entry into the profession to have a year’s        a Bachelor’s degree (required) and other qualifications
experience in a public school setting while pursuing either      related to your preparedness for graduate-level studies
a master’s degree or a certificate of advanced study. Dur-       in the field of interest to you. Successful completion of
ing the internship year, interns assume a variety of respon-     coursework does not guarantee formal admission.
sibilities that vary according to their placement. Each          Students seeking non-matriculated admission can
semester, interns attend a weekly seminar that focuses on        find the application and directions for doing so at
issues pertinent to their internship experiences. In return      www.fairfield.edu/gseap_adtypes.
for the intern’s service, the school district deposits $13,000
with Fairfield University. The amount is banked for interns      NON-MATRICULATED ADVISING
to draw upon for courses taken at Fairfield University           Dr. Faith-Anne Dohm, Professor & Interim Associate Dean
toward their degree. The intern gains valuable hands-on          (203) 254-4250
experience while helping to defray a major portion of their
his or her tuition costs for the degree being pursued.           Dr. Dohm is the advisor for non-matriculated status.

Individuals enrolled as non-matriculated students are not     Veterans Pride Program
eligible for any tuition aid or financial support.            Veterans may apply educational benefits to degree
                                                              studies pursued at Fairfield University. To learn more
Questions about the application process or requirements       about our enhanced financial aid benefits for veterans,
should be directed to the Office of Graduate & Continuing     see www.fairfield.edu/veterans.                              	
Studies Admission:                                            Contact: Sheila McEnery
Phone: (203) 254-4184                                         Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies
Toll-Free: (888) 488-6840                                     (203) 254-4000, ext. 2500
Fax: (203) 254-4073                                           smcenery@fairfield.edu
E-mail: gradadmis@fairfield.edu
                                                              OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID
Office Operations                                             We encourage all Fairfield University graduate students to
Days: Monday-Friday                                           call or make an appointment to speak with our Associate
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.                                    Director of Financial Aid and Financial Aid Counselor for
Location: Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center                     Graduate and Continuing Studies, Diana M. DeVellis, for
                                                              any assistance on applying for financial aid to help with
TUITION/FINANCIAL AID                                         financing a graduate degree.
Academic Year 2009/2010
Tuition: $545/ credit hour                                    Contact Information
                                                              Phone: (203) 254-4125
Assistantships                                                Fax: (203) 254-4008
A limited number of graduate assistantships are               E-mail: finaid@fairfield.edu
awarded each year. To be considered, contact the dean’s
office (203) 254-4250 for an application or download an       Office Operations
application from our website www.fairfield.edu/gradasst.      Days: Monday-Friday
You may also be considered for an assistantship after your    Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
admission by contacting the program director.                 Location: Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center

Financial Aid for Teachers and Allied Professionals           ONLINE CATALOG: For detailed course descriptions,
For scholarships and financial aid opportunities specific     schedules and other University information, please refer
to your field, visit www.fairfield.edu/gseap_finaid           to our online catalog www.fairfield.edu/catalogs

Federal Stafford Loans                                        GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION &
Under this program, graduate students may apply for           ALLIED PROFESSIONS WEBSITE:
up to $20,500 per academic year, depending on their           www.fairfield.edu/gseap
educational costs.

Alternate Loans Program
These loans help graduate and professional students pay
the cost of attending the University.

Tax Deductions
Treasury regulation (1.162.5) permits an income tax deduc-
tion for educational expenses (registration fees and the
cost of travel, meals, and lodging) undertaken to: maintain
or improve skills required in one’s employment or other
trade or business; or meet express requirements of an
employer or a law imposed as a condition to retention of
employment job status or rate of compensation.

Updated	2/10

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