Education and Teacher Preparation at Albertus Magnus College
Your education at Albertus Magnus College includes a strong liberal arts curriculum rooted in scholarship and practical application. As part of the liberal arts studies, Albertus offers an approved, pre-professional education program which leads to initial teacher certification in a number of subject area endorsements. When you study to become a teacher at Albertus Magnus College, you learn to guide and facilitate others' learning as you share your knowledge and enthusiasm for your subject. Completers in the program enter the job market with the content knowledge and pedagogical skills necessary to be successful classroom teachers.
What Makes Education at Albertus Different?
- Hands-on, experiential learning
- Interdisciplinary perspectives
- Emphasis on collaborative work
- Personally invested professors
- Small class sizes
- Innovative, well-rounded programs
- Resources and opportunities for research
- Lively extracurricular activities
- Campus-wide events
- Service and community engagement
- Active career counseling
- Opportunity-building networks
- Access to internships and professional experiences
The Albertus Education Degree Program
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.
The Albertus Magnus College Education Program has given me many resources. The professors and advisors help guide you so you are aware of the courses you need to take. This helps to ensure you are on the right track in your program. We complete in depth field experiences during our first education course and throughout our time in the program. We also have many colloquiums throughout the year that provide us with resources for professional development and networking opportunities.
Jane Kos, Fine Arts, 2021
Meet the Director of the Education Program
Lauren Carpenter has worked in K-12 education in both CT and NYC, specifically as an ESL teacher and teacher-trainer. She is a former New York City Teaching Fellow and graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Applied Linguistics. Lauren's dissertation explores ways to train teachers using video analysis to examine classroom interaction and language use.
“Education has the power to change lives and affect communities. In becoming a teacher, there is the potential to inspire young learners to think or do something in a new or different way. And inspired individuals inspire others. This ripple effect is at the heart of what we do as teachers.”
Where Will Your Education Degree take You?
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 State Department of Education to offer planned programs at the undergraduate level leading to initial teacher certification.
Possible career paths with a Department of Education and Teacher Preparation Program in Education include:
Primary & Secondary Level
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 Albertus Magnus 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.
The professors at Albertus go above and beyond what they do in the classroom; they are there for students for all aspects of their lives. I cannot imagine receiving the education I have received at Albertus anywhere else.
Esther Hartzell, B.A. ‘17, M.S. Ed./Literacy, ‘19
Education Masters Programs
The education program at Albertus has been amazing with preparing me for my future teaching career. Not only do the classes cover a wide variety of education topics and strategies, but the program itself allows for so many field experiences to ease us into the classroom setting.
Ashley David, ‘20, B.S. in Mathematics
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The Albertus Education Degree Mission Statement
The mission of the education programs at Albertus Magnus College takes direction from the mission of the College, itself. Grounded in the Dominican tradition of seeking truth in all its dimensions, and with its demonstrated history of educating students in liberal studies, Albertus Magnus College welcomes its responsibility to society to prepare educators who are competent in their fields, skilled in the use of contemporary strategies and techniques, and humane in meeting the needs of their students. Thus, the mission of the education programs within the college is to foster a commitment on the part of its candidates to teach succeeding generations.
The vision is that graduates of the programs of education at Albertus Magnus College will do this by: establishing communities of learning such as those in which they, themselves, have been educated; acquiring the skills and strategies to excite in their students the love for learning that they inevitably must have themselves; and embracing the need to be life-long learners.