Students who successfully complete the program in elementary education and the specified certification exams, including Praxis II and CT Foundations of Reading are eligible upon recommendation of the University for Connecticut certification to teach first through sixth grade in elementary schools.
The program feature in the preparation of an elementary teacher at the University of Hartford is the professional core. This comprises one full semester of integrated professional practicum experience and one full semester of student teaching in public school settings. All practicum and student teaching experiences are under the supervision and guidance of University faculty and practicum/student teaching supervisors. All student teaching placements are made with teachers who have undergone training in Connecticut’s TEAM program.
Students preparing for elementary certification can enroll in a program that combines with a special education core and leads to a dual certificate. This program is recommended for those interested in employing special education skills in a regular classroom.
Fieldwork, incorporated into the requirements of most of the professional education courses, is an important component of our commitment to help students learn by putting theory into action. The first field experience begins in a student’s first semester in the elementary education program.
Professional Education Requirements for Elementary Education Program (33-36 credits)
In addition to the general education courses previously listed, students must complete the following requirements:
The subject-area major for elementary education may be satisfied in two ways. The first option is to major in any discipline offered by the University. The second choice is to complete the Behavioral Studies Interdisciplinary major . A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 overall is currently required for admission to the internship or student teaching phase of professional development.
To obtain the total of 124 credits necessary for graduation, students will need additional elective credits.