Teacher Track

Fairfield University’s American Studies Program is pleased to introduce the new Teacher’s Track, which provides middle and high school teachers in the humanities with the resources to design curricula that focuses on strengthening the integrative skills of their students while providing the flexibility to customize their projects to accommodate school specific student learning outcomes.

Teachers in our program take courses with the goal to build electronic portfolios that directly links their MA studies with the classroom curricula. Final Master's projects consists of creating or redesigning the curriculum for one class.

Building the electronic portfolio can include:

  • short papers
  • artifacts
  • ongoing syllabi
  • assignments that students create
  • annotated bibliographies
  • lecture summaries for classroom topics
  • weekly reflections (for ex. Blackboard Journal or Blog)
  • research website creation (modeled on Library research websites)

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Bayers

Student Testimonials

Katelyn Botsford Tucker ’14, a teacher of history and social studies at Shelton High School.

My course work has added value to my profession, and I feel that I am a better teacher because of the material I have read, the discussions I have had, and the questions the professors have posed.”

“My 'Historiography' course gave me valuable insights into the field of American Studies and presented many of the themes I continue to return to in my research.

“My course in Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Supreme Court allowed me to research American political thought and take an in depth look at some of the most important court cases in history. The discussions were always lively and I still look back at my notes to remind myself of interesting ways to present similar material to my high school students.”



 Ben Gott ’13, a Sixth-grade English teacher and Dean at Greens Farms Academy.
View Ben's electronic portfolio

I chose Fairfield University because its program met my needs. Most importantly, I needed a graduate program that would allow me to implement what I was learning as a graduate student into my own curriculum at GFA.  I wanted the chance to explore concepts that would enhance both my own educational experience and that of my students.

“I would recommend Fairfield University’s American Studies degree to any teacher who is looking for a flexible, supportive program that will take your teaching to a different level.” 

My experience at Fairfield University has enriched my life as a teacher and as an American citizen, allowing me to look more deeply at the ways in which our nation has come to be defined by its arts, culture, politics, and people.”

“As a teacher, I was also pleasantly surprised at the willingness of the faculty in American Studies to allow teachers the flexibility to complete final projects that could be transferred directly into their classrooms. At the end of a class on American historiography, for example, Dr. McFadden allowed me to write a 15-page “unit plan” about a book I was due to teach on the Civil Rights movement that spring. I found this exercise invaluable, and the ability to approach this assignment in such a way benefited both me and my students.”

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