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Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teacher Preparation Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Program for Teacher Certification offers a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates to meet Connecticut initial teacher certification requirements.

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. 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


The Albertus Difference

What Makes Initial Teacher Preparation 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
Hands-On Learning

The Albertus Initial Teacher Preparation Degree Program

Albertus places students in clinical field placements, including student teaching, to fulfill the requirements of certification. Students who enter the program and are already working in public school districts will be advised regarding how to set up a student teaching placement at their school of employment.

Certifiable Credentials

Connecticut State Department of Education Certification or Licensure

In order to be recommended for certification to the Connecticut State Department of Education, students must maintain good standing (cumulative GPA of 2.7) throughout the initial teacher preparation program and meet all state requirements for certification.


Where Will Your Initial Teacher Preparation Degree take You?

Possible career paths with a Certificate in Initial Teacher Preparation include:


Initial Teacher Preparation Courses

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What We will Need from you

Initial Teacher Preparation Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Initial Teacher Preparation program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from regionally approved accredited institutions, in most cases in the content area in which the candidate seeks certification.
  • Complete a subject-area major and meet required content knowledge set by the CSDE regulations for the area of endorsement.
  • 39 semester hours of credit in general academic courses in five of the six subject areas: English, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Social Studies (a survey course in U.S. History), Foreign Language, Fine Arts.
  • Submit scores from one of the following assessments: Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading and Mathematics, SAT, GRE, ACT
  • Scores must be within the last five years. Individual consideration will be given to scores older than five years.
  • Candidates who do not achieve benchmark scores set by Education Programs will be required to participate in remediation plans.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 required but may be waived by the Director of Education Programs if justified by extenuating circumstances. 
  • Submit and pass the admission essay demonstrating a proficiency in English as part of the application to be assessed by faculty in the education program.
  • Pass the department admission committee interview.
  •  Completion of application to the program. Note: Questions about application should be addressed to the Admission Office of Professional and Graduate Studies. [ADMISSIONS-PGS@ALBERTUS.EDU; (800) 394-9982]
  • A personal statement of 250-500 words (1-2 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing this credential.
  • Resume or C.V.

Admissions Deadlines

July 15 for Fall acceptance. After July 15, applications will be considered for Spring semester admission on an individual basis.

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Purposeful Vision & Direction

The Albertus Initial Teacher Preparation 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.

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