Offering Master of Arts (M.A.) and Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) degreesThe Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation Department of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) offers graduate programs for new and experienced teachers in elementary education that are organized around reflective inquiry and socially responsible professional practice. Guided by the GSEAP conceptual framework, we are committed to educating scholar-practitioners who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to:
- Enact meaningful connections between theory and practice
- Promote a developmental model of human growth and learning
- Exercise ethical professional judgment and leadership
- Advocate for quality education for all learners
As members of an inclusive community of learners, university faculty, experienced and aspiring classroom teachers, and community members and leaders work together to create and sustain exemplary learning environments that empower K-12 students to become engaged, productive citizens in their communities. Across all programs, our foci for inquiry and action include:
- The socio-cultural and political contexts of education and schooling
- The complexities of teaching and learning
- Teacher work and professional cultures
- Culturally relevant understandings of human growth and development
- Socially responsible uses of technology in schooling and society
For those interested in elementary education, GSEAP offers the opportunity both to gain Connecticut certification to teach at the elementary level (grades K-6), either initial certification or cross-endorsement, and to earn a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education.
We invite you to learn more about the program and its admission requirements, courses, internship opportunities, and faculty. Have more questions? Read our FAQs or contact us. We hope you'll find the program challenges you intellectually and enriches your life.