Elementary Education Program with Certification


Application Process and Requirements | Academic Map/Curriculum Sheet


The Elementary Education certification program prepares individuals to teach in elementary schools. The program is comprised of courses in pedagogy, special education, reading, and the student's major subject area (Math, History, etc.). Courses in the program are taught both at Central Connecticut State University and in elementary schools in the area. The program is approximately three semesters of coursework plus one semester of student teaching.

The professors in the program teach core skills, including methods of instruction, differentiation, assessment, curriculum, and classroom management. In addition, they bring their unique interests to coursework, which include the arts, social justice, environmental studies, urban education, and bilingualism. This creates a program that prepares teachers to be skilled, action-oriented, and creative.

Our graduates have found teaching positions throughout the state and beyond.

Applications are due February 10th for Fall acceptance; and September 10th for Spring acceptance.

If you wish to learn more about the Elementary Education Program, you may contact the SEPS Advising Center at (860) 832-2370, as well as the Department of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education at (860) 832-2175.

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Learning Outcomes, B.S. Elementary Education

The elementary education program at CCSU meets several sets of professional standards including those established by the state of Connecticut, the general standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), specific elementary education standards set by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and institutional standards set by the education program at CCSU. See program learning outcomes below.

Students will:
1. Possess strong content knowledge in the arts and sciences and content taught.
2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate to diverse audiences.
3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in habits of critical thinking and problem solving
4. Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of human development across the lifespan.
5. Demonstrate respect for all learners.
6. Understand the learning process and apply instructional and assessment strategies and technologies to facilitate learning.
7. Collaborate with colleagues, families, and school communities.