Department of Education and Teacher Preparation Undergraduate Program
All students interested in teaching should contact the Director of Education Programs as early as possible in the academic year to begin the process leading to fulfillment of their career goal.
The College is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, and has approval by the Connecticut Department of Education to offer planned programs at the undergraduate level leading to initial teacher certification. Planned programs are in place as follows:
- Secondary Level (grades 7–12): biology; business; chemistry; general science; English; history/social studies; mathematics; Spanish
- Middle Level (grades 4–8): *English; general science; history/social studies; mathematics
- Grades pre-k–12: art
Students interested in teaching at the early childhood (birth–K; N–3) or elementary (grades 1–6) levels are encouraged to meet with the Director of Education Programs to review regulations of the Connecticut State Department of Education pertaining to certification and endorsement requirements. During their matriculation in the undergraduate program at the College, students will receive guidance in course selection and in internship and/or practicum choices, as well as in Connecticut testing requirements, assuring preparation for application to graduate programs leading to certification as early childhood or elementary teachers.
* Teacher candidates for an initial teacher certificate with an endorsement to teach English are required to include in their program of studies a course in Young Adult Literature (EN 251 special topics).
Demonstration of successful completion of targeted student learning outcomes is as follows:
- By attaining required scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis II Subject Assessments, candidates will demonstrate their academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and subject-specific content knowledge and general and subject-specific teaching skills.
- By their fulfillment of responsibilities in coursework and in field experiences, teacher candidates will demonstrate dispositions expected of those entering the teaching profession.
- Candidates’ ongoing reflective journal entries during enrollment in the teacher preparation program will demonstrate growth in understanding of national and state standards, and of the application of their program of studies to effective teaching practices.
- As they build professional ePortfolios during their teacher preparation program, candidates will include artifacts and reflections that demonstrate their progression towards meeting the Connecticut Common Core of Teaching Standards and the national program standards of their discipline, indications of their readiness to assume responsibilities as classroom teachers.
Plan of Study
General Academic Courses
Students will satisfy the State requirement pertaining to general academic courses as they fulfill the College’s general education requirements for graduation. [For information about general education requirements at Albertus, please see this catalogue’s description of The Insight Program on page 46.]
Testing and Assessment
The Connecticut State Department of Education requires that all candidates for teacher certification meet its testing requirements, which include Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, and Praxis II Subject Assessments in the disciplines for which they seek endorsement to teach. Students may obtain information about these requirements online at www.ets.org/praxis and also from the Office of Education Programs. In addition, throughout the planned program the College employs a variety of assessments to determine the teacher candidate’s progress and growth in knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
Acceptance into a Planned Program
Students seeking to enroll in a planned program leading to initial teacher certification in the State of Connecticut are required to:
- Submit to the Office of Education Programs an original and personal essay stating reasons for the choice of teaching as a career goal;
- Request an appointment with the Certification Officer or the Director of Education Programs for the purpose of plotting a planned program leading to certification;
- Obtain the required scores set by the Connecticut State Department of Education for Praxis Core tests [Students with scores above a certain level on SAT or ACT tests may qualify for a waiver of the Praxis Core requirement. Information is available in the Office of Education Programs.];
- Select a content major from approved endorsement areas;
- Complete ED 190W and PY 111;
- Present documentation of a criminal history records check;
- Present documentation of a minimum 2.7 g.p.a.
Note: Applicants intending to obtain teacher certification must fulfill the above requirements before the completion of six credits in education courses. Those accepted as candidates must maintain a cumulative grade point average (g.p.a.) of 2.7 overall throughout their studies, with a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.0 in their major content area.
Several field experiences are provided as an integral part of the approved program leading to teacher certification. The student teaching experience is the final and culminating clinical experience. Together, these field/clinical experiences provide a balance of urban and suburban school experiences for the teacher candidate.
A student who wishes to minor in Education should make an appointment to meet with the Director of Education Programs or the Certification Officer to discuss this option. The Education Minor is different from the teacher preparation program leading to initial teacher certification in Connecticut. This minor provides a foundation for graduate studies leading to various categories of educator certification. The Education Minor also provides preparation for careers in teaching in early childhood centers, in social services related to work with families and children, or in criminal justice with a focus on juvenile justice. The Education Minor consists of 18 credits, including:
11 credits in the following core courses:
- ED 190W Orientation to the Schools 2 credits
- ED 212 History and Philosophy of Education 3 credits
- ED 242 Educational Psychology 3 credits
- ED 330 Child Psychology 3 credits OR
- ED 341 Adolescent Psychology 3 credits
At least 7 additional credits selected from the following courses:
- ED 251 Special Topics 1–3 credits
- ED 320 Teaching Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3 credits
- PY 131 Development of Art in Childhood 1.5 credits
- PY 132 Development of Play in Childhood 1.5 credits
- PY 133 Reasoning and Numeracy in Childhood 1.5 credits
- PY 134 Attachment and Relationships in Childhood 1.5 credits
- PY 229 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3 credits