Albertus Magnus College
Change the life of a child. Watch a youngster’s face light up as you spark a love of learning. Encourage lifelong growth and development. Serve the diverse and multicultural citizens of tomorrow’s America.
When you study to become a teacher in the education programs at Albertus Magnus College, you learn to guide and facilitate others’ learning as you share your enthusiasm for your subject and engage your passion to make a difference.
Albertus offers an approved, pre-professional education program which leads to initial teacher certification in a number of subject area endorsements.
Once you complete our formal acceptance requirements, you receive a handbook that introduces you to the stages or ‘gates’ you will pass through in your professional development. In our ‘planned’ programs, you’ll work with Albertus’ Certification Officer to plot your entire academic career and see exactly what’s expected for your success. Programs lead to Connecticut teacher certification in three main areas:
We offer certification for grades K-6 in art.
Middle School Certification
We offer certification for grades 4-8 in art, English, general science, history/social studies, mathematics.
High School Certification
We offer certification for grades 7-12 in art, biology, business, chemistry, general science, English, history/social studies, mathematics, Spanish.
If you’re interested in teaching at the early childhood (birth-K or N-3) or elementary (grades 1-6) levels, you’ll want to meet with Albertus’ Director of Education Programs to review state regulations regarding certification and endorsement requirements.
Field experiences in teaching begin with your very first course. You’ll observe and assist local classroom teachers for at least 40 hours during the semester. Throughout your Albertus career, you’ll benefit from many additional practicum opportunities in literacy, special education and community tutorials, such as English as a Second Language or homework assistance, that connect you with a wide range of young learners. With at least 100 hours of classroom experience under the guidance of professional teachers, you’ll know what to expect before your first formal student teaching assignment.
Affiliate faculty members in Albertus’ education programs are acknowledged educators from local schools who come to campus and offer you the benefit of their expertise in special areas. Other affiliates open their classrooms so you can see how the principles you’re learning apply and how actual teaching aligns with state and national standards.
The exceptionally high scores Albertus students achieve on the PRAXIS II test of content knowledge reflects our excellent preparation. We’re well above the state mandated pass rate and in the top 15 percent of all national first-time test-takers.
With your commitment to educating the next generation, you’ll emerge from your Albertus education program with competence in your subject area and skill in the use of current instructional strategies. You’ll also be able to assess learning and feel compassion for the many and diverse students in your classroom.
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 an average of 2.7 overall throughout their studies, with an average of 3.0 in their major content area.
ED 170 Health Education for Teachers
ED 190W Orientation to the Schools
ED 212 History and Philosophy of Education
ED 229 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (same as PY 229)
ED 242 Educational Psychology (same as PY 242)
ED 251 Special Topics
ED 311 Philosophy and Organization of Middle Grades Education
ED 320 Teaching Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
ED 321 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching
ED 322 Technological Applications in the Classroom
ED 330 Child Psychology (same as PY 330)
ED 341 Adolescent Psychology (same as PY 341)
ED 391 Teaching Practicum
ED 392 Student Teaching