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Elementary Education

Our bachelor's degree program in elementary education prepares learners for exciting teaching careers in elementary schools. Students who successfully complete the elementary education undergraduate program and the specified Praxis II examination(s) are eligible, on recommendation of the University, for Connecticut certification to teach first grade through sixth grade. Student in foundations of education class

  • Real-world learning begins early and often. Our students begin meaningful fieldwork experiences in area schools in their first semester freshman year.
  • Our class sizes are small and students enjoy ample individual mentoring from our experienced faculty, who are very well-connected with area schools.

Elementary education students complete a subject major, and may may select any discipline offered by the University of Hartford or an interdisciplinary behavioral studies major. The principal preparation, however, is the professional core comprising two full semesters of integrated professional practicum experience and one full semester of student teaching in public school settings.

Students preparing for certification in elementary education have the option to enroll in our program integrating a special education core, leading to a dual certificate. This would be recommended in order to include special education students in a regular classroom.

We also offer a master's degree in elementary education with a Montessori concentration. Montessori teachers and those currently enrolled in the Montessori Training Center of New England may also complete a master's degree in elementary education with a Montessori concentration.

Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification  Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, including our elementary education program, are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. The Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut.  See pass rate report.


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Literacy Assessments

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ENHP students work one-on-one with UHMS first graders to assess literacy skills.  more