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.
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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.
Ryan Colwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director, Elementary Education
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:
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.
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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)
Elementary Education Coursework (27 credits)
* 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.
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:
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:
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
How to Apply
For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.
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?
For more information about Fairfield University's graduate programs, please contact:
Office of Graduate Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Call (203) 254-4184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.