Special Programs

Continuing Education

A graduate student works with a group of kids in Bridgeport.‌As of July 2011, certified teachers working in Connecticut's non-public schools are required to complete the equivalent of 6 graduate credits of continuing education every 5 years to maintain their certification. Each semester, the GSEAP offers a variety of advanced courses in teaching and foundations of education that would meet this continuing education requirement.

Interested teachers should contact the Dean's office by calling (203) 254-4250 to make an appointment to discuss our course offerings.

Learn more about the Teaching and Foundations program.

To view full course descriptions, see the  course catalog.

Diocese of Bridgeport Teacher Certification Discount

‌Are you a classroom teacher in the Diocese of Bridgeport? Fairfield University offers a tuition discount to support Diocesan classroom teachers in earning Connecticut state educator certification and cross-endorsement certification.

This effort will ensure the excellence of lay teachers in the K-12 classrooms of the Diocese, and is consistent with the University's mission and commitment to social justice by helping to meet the educational needs of surrounding communities.

The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) at Fairfield University provides graduate level study in its state-accredited elementary and secondary teacher certification programs.

If you are a currently employed full-time elementary or secondary teacher in DOB schools, you have the opportunity to earn Connecticut state educator certification as well as credits toward the master of arts degree. Study in the elementary education program leads to state teacher certification in grades K through 6, while the secondary program leads to subject-specific state certification for grades 7 through 12 in the following endorsement areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History/ Social Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • General Science
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • French
  • German

For more information please contact the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at graded@fairfield.edu or 203-254-4250.

Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship

Candidates working in an urban and priority school districts, or who are willing to accept a position in an urban or priority school district, are eligible to apply to become a part-time or full-time Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellow. This Fellowship is dedicated to closing the reading gap and teaching educators how to be consumers of research so they can apply research to their practice to better meet the diverse needs of students.

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