School of Education
The NCATE-accredited School of Education offers more than 30 degree programs that serve over 2,000 full-time and part-time students at the undergraduate, master’s, sixth year, and doctoral levels of study.
In keeping with Southern’s origins as a state teacher’s college, the School of Education remains a leading center for teacher training and research. With its 60 tenure-track faculty and its classroom and online curriculum, the school produces more teachers, principals, and school superintendents than any other Connecticut institution. Education is not only one of the top five majors at Southern, but more Southern graduates work in education than in any other field.
The school offers teacher preparation to its undergraduates in a comprehensive range of programs, including early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, art, physical education, and two dual certification programs: elementary education/bilingual education and elementary education/special education.
Graduate programs are offered in elementary education, special education, early childhood/special education, secondary education, school health, library science media, counseling and school psychology, communication disorders, and physical education. The School has established an innovative Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and has been designated a Connecticut Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The school is committed to fulfilling the following major functions: 1) maintaining quality, state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate professional opportunities for teachers, administrators, counselors, school service personnel, and other in education-related positions; 2) providing programs and services that enable in-service professionals to acquire additional preparation necessary for continuous professional growth and/or changing career objectives; 3) collaborating with school personnel, education agencies, professional groups and others interested in the improvement of education opportunities; and 4) promoting and conducting research directed toward improving the theory and practice of teaching.
The School of Education prides itself on being a professional school. Its mission is to develop outstanding educators who are grounded in scholarship; who display attitudes and dispositions that reflect a devotion to teaching and learning; who possess the personal and professional integrity to value themselves and others; who apply their leadership skills to promote continuous improvement of the educational systems in which they work; and who demonstrate commitment and responsibility to the communities in which they live.