Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Teacher Candidate,

Congratulations on your decision to become an elementary teacher! We need knowledgeable, dedicated educators to guide our children as they learn and grow. We are delighted to welcome you to our professional community.

Fairfield University's graduate program in Elementary Education is designed to support your growth as a highly knowledgeable and skilled educator who teaches with excellence and commitment for your students' learning. Here, you'll meet and work with other teacher candidates and faculty who share your wish to "touch eternity" through your teaching and mentoring as an elementary educator.

At Fairfield, you'll find that you have joined a professional community that lives out the ideals of our Jesuit mission as advocates for equity and justice through the transformative powers of education. Upon admission, you'll be assigned an advisor with whom you'll discuss your passion for educating, plan your program, and work closely throughout your course of study. Our faculty are excellent teachers who love to teach and to learn with our teacher candidates in an academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating environment. They work with you, your fellow teacher candidates, local teachers, and local communities in many ways to support children's learning.

Please feel free to explore this program site further, and if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to meet with me for further discussion, just send me an e-mail.

Emily Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction