Department of Curriculum and Learning Programs

The Department of Curriculum and Learning, located in the School of Education, provides students with the knowledge they need to obtain the Connecticut Initial Educators Certificate. Students advance their knowledge of teaching, curriculum, educational theory, educational supervision, and more, and graduate prepared to meet the challenges facing the ever-evolving field of education.

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. These programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance. However, since these programs are composed of undergraduate coursework, they are offered as undergraduate programs. These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program and meet all State requirements for certification (state licensure exam, online modules, etc.) in order to be recommended for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education 

30 Credits Required
GPA of 2.7 Required

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. These programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance. However, since these programs are composed of undergraduate coursework, they are offered as undergraduate programs. These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program and meet all State requirements for certification (state licensure exam, online modules, etc.) in order to be recommended for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education 

30 Credits Required
GPA of 2.7 Required

As a Graduate of Southern Connecticut's Undergraduate Early Childhood program you enter will enter the classroom ready to teach. You will shape the most critical time in child's education. As a teacher you will work with students to build the foundations of literacy and numeracy necessary for life long learning.

The successful completion of this program includes the Liberal Education Program requirements, 40.5 credits in the Early Childhood education major (including a 12-credit student teaching placement), and 36 credits in a second major consisting of concentrations in Psychology and Child, Family & Community Studies.

Graduates of the program, who successfully pass all state licensing exams, will earn a teacher certificate to teach in Pre-K to grade three classes.

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. These programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance. However, since these programs are composed of undergraduate coursework, they are offered as undergraduate programs. These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program and meet all State requirements for certification (state licensure exam, online modules, etc.) in order to be recommended for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education

44.5 Credits Required
GPA of 2.7 Required

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. These programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance. However, since these programs are composed of undergraduate coursework, they are offered as undergraduate programs. These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program and meet all State requirements for certification (state licensure exam, online modules, etc.) in order to be recommended for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education 

30 Credits Required
GPA of 2.7 Required

As a Graduate of Southern Connecticut's Master's in Education program you will apply contemporary research and best practices to your classroom teaching.

The Classroom Teacher Specialist program is designed to enrich and expand the role of the career teacher. By emphasizing professional growth and self-improvement, this program gives each individual ample opportunity to investigate current learning theories, and to apply theory to practice. It allows students to explore the development of curriculum and to pursue advanced professional interests. The program allows for students to pursue a general interest area or a specific interest area of study. For example a specialization in digital teaching and learning is available. The program may also be designed for students who are seeking cross endorsement.

The Sixth Year Professional Program for Classroom Teacher Specialists enriches and expands the role of the career teacher. Students in this program will be able to investigate current learning theories, explore the development of curriculum, and implement theory as practice, as well as pursue personal and professional interests. The program emphasizes professional growth and self-improvement through guided instruction and self-directed analysis.

Students successfully completing the program are awarded the Sixth Year Professional Diploma of Advanced Study.

To be admitted to the program, students must have a master’s degree and must satisfy admissions requirements for a sixth year program.

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. These programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance. However, since these programs are composed of undergraduate coursework, they are offered as undergraduate programs. These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program and meet all State requirements for certification (state licensure exam, online modules, etc.) in order to be recommended for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education

41.5 Credits Required
GPA of 2.7 Required

Graduates of the SCSU Elementary Education Program enter the classroom as effective, enthusiastic and responsible teachers. Our program ensures you have both the research-based based skills and a depth of content knowledge to help change the lives of Connecticut students.

The successful completion of this program includes the Liberal Education Program requirements, 44.5 credits in the Elementary Education major (including 12 credits in student teaching), and 36 credits in a second major.

Graduates of the program, who successfully pass all state licensing exams, will earn a teacher certificate to teach in grades one through six.

This degree program leads to certification in elementary schools with both English-speaking and limited-English proficient students. Program graduates will hold dual certification in elementary education and bilingual education.  This is an extremely high-need certification and Southern offers the only undergraduate program in the state.

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. These programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance. However, since these programs are composed of undergraduate coursework, they are offered as undergraduate programs. These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program and meet all State requirements for certification (state licensure exam, online modules, etc.) in order to be recommended for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education

48 Credits Required
GPA of 2.7 Required

This program leads to the Early Childhood Teacher Credential Level B. The program focuses on preparing teachers of children birth to age five. This degree requires two concentrations: 1)Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy and 2) Child, Family, Community Studies. This program is only available to students who already received their associates degree in early childhood education at a community college. Students interested in this program should meet with the program coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Learning.

This program leads to the Early Childhood Teacher Credential Level B. The program focuses on preparing teachers of children birth to age five. This degree requires two concentrations: 1)Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy and 2) Child, Family, Community Studies. Students who choose to receive a B.S. must choose a third concentration of their choice.

This program is only available to students who already received their associates degree in early childhood education at a community college. Students interested in this program should meet with the program coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Learning.

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. These programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance. However, since these programs are composed of undergraduate coursework, they are offered as undergraduate programs. These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program and meet all State requirements for certification (state licensure exam, online modules, etc.) in order to be recommended for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education 

30 Credits Required
GPA of 2.7 Required

Candidates who are already certified teachers but who are not seeking an advanced degree can take just the courses required for certification as a reading specialist. These courses prepare you to provide literacy intervention for students in grades 1-12 who are experiencing reading and writing difficulties due to disabilities, including dyslexia, or for other reasons. There are eight courses/24 credits in this program.

M.S. candidates are already certified teachers (elementary education, special education, 7-12 social studies, English, etc.) who are seeking to further develop their professional knowledge and practice in reading for students in grades 1-12. A Master of Science degree in Reading leads to eligibility for certification as a remedial reading and remedial language arts specialist (102). Our candidates build on their expertise as teachers because they go on to study typical and atypical literacy development; best practices in intervention; and instruction for students with learning difficulties or disabilities including dyslexia, discipline- specific literacies, and the literacy acquisition of English learners. There are 10 courses/30 credits in this program. The Graduate Reading Program is accredited by the International Literacy Association and the International Dyslexia Association.

Candidates who are already certified as a reading specialist (102) but are not seeking a Sixth Year degree can take just the courses required for certification as reading and language arts consultant. These courses provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve school-wide literacy through program development, leadership, and coaching. Depending upon the coursework taken to meet the requirements for the reading specialist certification (102), you will take three to five courses/9-15 credits in this program.

For candidates who already have a master’s degree, the Sixth Year Professional Diploma leads to eligibility for certification as a reading specialist and certification as a reading and language arts consultant (102 & 097/grades K-12). The reading and language arts consultant (097) is an administrative endorsement in Connecticut. Sixth Year candidates develop all of the same competencies, knowledge, and skills as M.S. candidates, but then go on to take additional course work in school literacy leadership, coaching, and program development. There are 13 courses/39 credits in this program. The Graduate Reading Program is accredited by the International Literacy Association and the International Dyslexia Association.

The Collaborative Special Education/Elementary Education program is a unique program to SCSU. Through the program students are prepared for certification in both Elementary Education grades 1-6 and Special Education grades K-12. This provides students with additional options when searching for jobs and more flexibility throughout their careers. Students have multiple options in the program to work in local schools through our fieldwork classes; from observations and tutoring, to teaching small groups and whole classes. The program culminates in a student teaching semester where students participate in 8 weeks of students elementary level students teaching and 8 weeks of student teaching in a special education program. Students in this program also are required to have a second major, usually interdisciplinary students (IDS) as a state requirement as well as to expand their overall subject matter knowledge for being and effective educator.