Central Connecticut State University




The University

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is a regional, comprehensive public university dedicated to learning in the liberal arts and sciences and to education for the professions. CCSU offers Connecticut citizens access to academic programs of high quality. The University is also a responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of our state’s capitol region. CCSU’s many international programs and contacts also uniquely position the University to provide students and businesses with opportunities to grow and prosper in the emerging global community.

Connecticut’s oldest publicly-supported institution of higher education was founded in 1849 as the New Britain Normal School, a teacher training facility. The school was moved to the present campus in 1922. It became Teachers College of Connecticut in 1933 when it began offering four-year baccalaureate degrees. After extensive growth and expansion, including the ability to grant degrees in the liberal arts, the school evolved into Central Connecticut State College in 1959. The present name and status — Central Connecticut State University — were conferred in 1983 to recognize the institution’s change in commitment, mission, strategy and aspiration. Now the University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The largest of four comprehensive universities within the Connecticut State University System, CCSU enrolls over 9,678 undergraduate and 2,637 graduate students. The School of Graduate Studies at CCSU offers graduate programs through the master’s degree and sixth-year certificate levels, in addition to a doctoral degree program (Ed.D.) in educational leadership. The University has a full-time faculty of some 400 members.

CCSU continues to grow, adding facilities and resources that place it among the finest state educational institutions in Connecticut. A growing network of overseas study opportunities, educational initiatives and exchange programs have helped CCSU become an internationally oriented public university.

Our Mission

Central Connecticut State University is a community of learners dedicated to teaching and to scholarship. We encourage the development and application of knowledge and ideas through research and outreach activities. We prepare students to be thoughtful, responsible and successful citizens.

Central Connecticut State University is, above all else, about teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Our research endeavors improve us as teachers and expose our students to methods of inquiry. The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society — local and global — and builds our sense of citizenship.

 We value the development of knowledge and its application in an environment of intellectual integrity and open discourse. We expect that members of the University will engage in activities ranging from basic research and the creation of original works, to helping individuals and organizations achieve success in purely practical endeavors. All these activities enrich our community of learners.

As a public university, we receive support from the State of Connecticut. We have three designated Centers of Excellence and many nationally accredited programs. We take very seriously our commitment to provide access to higher education for all citizens in this State who can benefit from our offerings. Our high expectations for ourselves contribute to the fine quality and continuous improvement of our undergraduate and graduate programs. We believe that quality and access are compatible and simultaneously achievable; our objective is to provide the support needed for our students to reach their full potential.

We also believe that higher education should promote the personal and social growth of our students, as well as their intellectual achievement and professional competence. We provide various opportunities for students to engage in activities or to join organizations and clubs where they develop leadership and other social skills. We foster a welcoming environment in which all members of our diverse community receive encouragement, feel safe and acquire self-confidence.

Central Connecticut State University aspires to be: the premier public comprehensive university in Connecticut, with teaching as its primary focus, enhanced by the dynamic scholarship of its faculty; highly regarded by its many constituents; a significant resource contributing to the cultural and economic development of Connecticut; global in its perspective and outreach; and widely respected as a university dedicated to innovative, activity-based, life-long and learner-centered higher education.

Affirmative Action Policy

Central Connecticut State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action for all persons regardless of race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital or veteran status or disability. This policy is applicable to all employment practices, admission of students, programs and services to students, faculty, staff and the community.

The University’s affirmative action policy seeks to include persons of color, women, veterans and persons with disabilities in its educational programs and in all job groups of its work force. Further information is available from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, located in Davidson Hall 102 (832-1653).

Accreditation and Memberships

The University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, and the Connecticut Department of Education (for its certification programs in education) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. programs in chemistry are accredited by the American Chemical Society. The honors track of the computer science program is accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. The three majors in engineering technology (ET)—civil ET, manufacturing ET, and mechanical ET—are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET). The industrial technology major and all specializations are accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT). The construction management major is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), and the technology and engineering education (K–12) program is accredited by the Council on Technology Teacher Education of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (CTTE/NCATE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The marriage and family therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The athletic training program and the exercise science program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and the professional and rehabilitation counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The Council on Social Work Education has accredited the baccalaureate social work program, and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs has accredited the master’s degree in biological sciences, anesthesia.

The University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the College Board, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Council of Graduate Schools, the National Commission for Cooperative Education, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and many other professional organizations related to the activities of individual departments at Central Connecticut State University.

THE School of Graduate Studies

The School of Graduate Studies at Central Connecticut State University was established in 1955. Graduate enrollment is approximately 2,700.

The School has as its primary function the development and administration of graduate degree programs which reflect high academic standards for advanced study. Graduate education seeks to operate at a separate and distinctive level of performance, easily recognized by others and resulting in graduates who make a significant contribution to their field of study or profession.

The University offers graduate programs leading to the degrees Doctor of Education, Sixth-Year Certificate in Reading and in Educational Leadership, Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Business Administration. Non-degree graduate-level planned programs leading to teacher certification and certificates for professional enhancement are also available.


The School of Graduate Studies is a community of scholars devoted to increasing human awareness and understanding through scholarly inquiry, research, and study in specialized disciplines. The aim of graduate education is to provide students with the environment to develop knowledge and skills to make contributions to their discipline and to the rapidly changing world. Through an atmosphere of intellectual and personal integrity, an attitude of excellence, and a spirit of creative independence, our graduates develop mastery in their fields and become lifelong learners and leaders within their respective professions. 


•           Community of Scholars — To facilitate active and ongoing participation, communication, and interaction of faculty and students around a shared commitment to the advancement of knowledge through innovation and research.

•           Scholarly Inquiry — To foster a spirit of intellectual curiosity, reflective thinking, and the application of rigor in the evolving formulation of knowledge.

•           Intellectual and Personal Integrity — To live according to personal and professional values and standards and to be cognizant of the consequences that decisions and actions have on others and the environment.

•           Excellence — To strive for ongoing quality improvement through careful planning, innovation, and program evaluation.

•           Leadership — To take initiative for shaping the direction of one’s discipline by modeling high standards of professional behavior and inspiring and motivating others to do the same. 


School of Arts and Sciences. The School of Arts and Sciences offers a wide range of liberal arts programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level, as well as certificate programs. Subject-matter majors for students in teacher education programs are provided by the academic departments within the school. Faculty in Arts and Sciences also have the primary responsibility for the University’s honors program, for providing developmental course work in basic skills and for the University’s general education program.

Faculty in Arts and Sciences are involved in research and other scholarly activities both on campus and in the community and state. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty in their research and to collaborate on projects relevant to their study. Certain programs require supervised clinical practica or field study experiences.

The graduate program in Biological Sciences: Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs. The School’s undergraduate programs in chemistry and computer science are accredited by their respective professional organizations.

 School of Business. The School of Business prepares undergraduates for entry-level positions in business organizations through programs in accounting, international business, finance, management, management information systems and marketing. The School also offers the state’s only comprehensive graduate program in business teacher education. The school participates in the Master of Science in Computer Information Technology, an interdisciplinary program with the Schools of Technology and Arts and Sciences.

 School of Education and Professional Studies. Central Connecticut State University, along with the other three institutions within the Connecticut State University System, has special responsibility to prepare teachers and other professionals for the public schools of Connecticut.

Founded as the New Britain Normal School in 1849, Central Connecticut State is a university where teacher education and professional programs for educators and other professionals remain a high priority.

The School of Education and Professional Studies, with the participation of the other academic schools, has primary responsibility for preparing prospective teachers. In addition, the School provides a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, master’s programs, two sixth-year certificate programs and several non-degree programs for the professional development of teachers and counselors. The School offers an accredited Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and an undergraduate nursing program which is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

School of Technology. Central Connecticut State University is unique in that it has the only School of Technology within the Connecticut public university system. The School of Technology offers programs in technology education, industrial technology, engineering, engineering technology, and biomolecular sciences, in addition to graduate programs in engineering technology, technology management, biomolecular sciences, and technology education. The civil engineering technology and the manufacturing engineering technology programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202; (401) 347-7700. The industrial technology program is accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT); and the construction management program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Designated as a Center of Excellence by the State of Connecticut, the School provides state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, with an emphasis on computer-integrated design and manufacturing.  The Institute for Technology and Business Development, supported in part by the business community, facilitates outreach and research.


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