Elementary Education for Teaching with a Masters

Teach Students by Being One

 

The 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 organized around reflective inquiry and socially responsible professional practice. Guided by the GSEAP conceptual framework, we are committed to educating scholar–practitioners with the knowledge and skills to educate and prepare future generations.

Whether you pursue a Master of Arts Degree (MA) or a Sixth Year Certificate (SYC), you'll learn within an inclusive environment of faculty, community members and leaders, and experienced, aspiring classroom teachers - providing you a strong foundation on which to build a successful career and a fulfilling life.

 

 

Paid Teaching Internships

Beginning Spring 2019

 



Information Session

Come meet our deans and faculty to learn more about our graduate programs.

Message from the Director

Ryan Colwell headshot‌Dear 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.

Ryan Colwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director, Elementary Education

Career & Professional Opportunities

Fairfield elementary education graduates are highly regarded and well received throughout the state and the region. Most of our graduates immediately begin their new careers as K-6 classroom teachers in Connecticut and the surrounding region. Some choose to work in public schools, others in private or parochial schools. Some of our graduates find employment in middle schools as well.

All of our graduates continue their own professional education, because to be a teacher is to be a lifelong learner.

Most choose to remain as classroom teachers, becoming master teachers. Others develop as:

  • Curriculum specialists
  • Administrators
  • Community activists
  • Educational entrepreneurs
  • College teacher educators
  • Policy makers

Learn more about how the University's Office of Career Planning can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

Core Faculty

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Stephanie Burrell Storms

Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Educational Studies

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Pierre Orelus

Associate Professor in Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation

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Barbara Welles

Associate Professor

Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation

Background Check and Fingerprinting Requirement

Fingerprinting and background checks are required for certification programs. Please contact your course instructor and/or program director for updated information.

 

Course Offerings

View the course catalog

Degree requirements for M.A. in Elementary Education leading to Initial Elementary Education (1-6) Certification

Complete a minimum of 51 credits.*

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • ED 429 Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • ED 512 Contemporary Schooling in Society
  • ED 522 Learning and the Child's Experience
    or ED 442 Educational Psychology
  • MD 400 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • SE 403 Psychoeducational Issues in Special Education
  • SE 565 Evidence-Based Strategies in the Inclusive Classroom

Elementary Education Coursework (27 credits)

  • ED 405 Contexts of Education in the Primary Grades
  • ED 431 Extending Literacy in the Elementary School: Grades 3-6
  • ED 437 Developing Literacy in the Elementary School: Primary Grades
  • ED 447 Learning Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
  • ED 497 Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom
  • ED 545 Developing Integrated Curriculum for Elementary Students: Inquiry and Action
  • ED 583 Student Teaching: Immersion in a Community of Practice
  • ED 584 Reflective Practice Seminar: Elementary Education
Integrated Inquiry/Advocacy Sequence (6 credits)
  • ED 499 Introduction to Educational Research
  • ED 511 Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement: A Capstone Seminar

 

* Based on elementary education faculty evaluations, teacher candidates may also be required to take ED 441 Teaching and Learning within Multicultural Contexts of Education and/ or ED 442 Educational Psychology.

A Passing Grade of B (3.0) or better in student teaching is required.

 

Admission

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.A. in Elementary Education must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and give promise of meeting the standards set by the School. Applicants for certification must have completed at least 39 general education credits, including at least one course in the each of the following areas:

  • English
  • Natural science
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies (including a survey course in U.S. history)
  • Foreign language
  • Fine arts
  • U.S. history survey course (covering at least 50 years)

No more than 6 credits of prerequisite coursework may be missing to be eligible for formal admission; this coursework must be completed before student teaching begins.

Formal Admission Process

Students seeking admission must submit:

  • A completed online application
  • A Non-refundable $60 application fee paid by credit card.
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online).
  • A Personal Statement. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in Elementary Education (submit online).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended demonstrating a cumulative GPA of at least 2.67 (or receive a GPA waiver from the department, available on a case by case basis). You must hold a bachelor's degree with an approved subject major or interdisciplinary major. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
  • Applicants must have taken one of the following tests: the Praxis Core, SAT, ACT or GRE and provide official scores for their file. Applicants who do not have passing scores on one or more sections may be required to remediate any deficient area. Remediation may include re-taking and passing the sections that were not passed, taking additional coursework, or other remediation activities. If additional courses are required. the candidate must complete the coursework at a grade of B (3.0) or above and provide an official transcript to the Dean's Efface. Please see advisor for additional details and recommendations. If students provide their social security number to ETS www.ets.org/praxis when registering for the Praxis Core exam, the reported score wil automatically be uploaded to their Fairfield application file. Fairfield University's code is 3390.
  • Participation in an Admission Interview.

 

Students from Non-English Speaking Countries

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 84 on the Internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum score of 21 in reading and 23 in writing is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

 

All application materials for formal admission should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073
gradadmis@fairfield.edu

 

How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 


Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

 

What are the application requirements?

Our Office of Graduate Admissions is available to explain the application requirements and to help you get your application together. You may contact them by submitting a request for information or by phoning (203) 254-4184.

 

What tests must I take in order to be admitted?

Students must provide documentation of scores on the Praxis Core, SAT, ACT, GRE, or equivalent test.  If students provide their social security number to ETS www.ets.org/praxis when registering for the Praxis Core exam, the reported score will automatically be uploaded to their Fairfield application file. Fairfield University's code is 3390.

 

How much does it cost?

Tuition and fees for our graduate programs

 

Do I have to be a full-time student?

Our program is designed to meet the learning needs of full and part-time students.

 

When are courses offered?

Most of our courses are offered from Mon.-Thurs. in the late afternoon and evening. A few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for 2 hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for 4 or 5 weekends or weekend days over the semester. We also offer summer courses from late May through early August.

 

What is the average class size?

We keep our classes small. The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from 6 to 20.

 

What undergraduate degree or courses do I need to be eligible for admission?

Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds and have majored in a wide variety of disciplines. It is very important that our teacher candidates in elementary education understand and can teach the wide range of subjects that are taught by elementary teachers. We carefully advise our students when we see that they need to take additional undergraduate courses to build up their knowledge base.

 

How long does it take to complete the degree?

Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each Fall and Spring semester and up to 9 credits in the summer sessions. For full-time students, the program can be completed in about 2 years. For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time.

Students are required, however, to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.

 

What financial aid is available?

Our financial aid office can best answer that question for you. You may reach them by phoning (203) 254-4125 or by e-mailing them, and you can visit the Financial Aid website.

Our graduate assistantships provide tuition credit for work. See the Graduate Assistantship page for more information.

Contact Us

For more information about Fairfield University's graduate programs, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Call (203) 254-4184 or email gradadmis@fairfield.edu.

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