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Department of Education

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All of us can remember a favorite teacher who made a major impact on our lives.  If you want to be a passionate, inspiring teacher for your students, our education programs will give you a great foundation for a rewarding career.

Our education programs prepare confident, versatile, creative teachers prepared to work in a variety of settings. Our alumni are employed in early childhood centers, public and private schools, higher education institutions, and at the highest levels of education administration.

With job growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers expected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, the demand for teachers will remain strong.

Mikayla Pascucci

Integrated Elementary/Special Education, '18, M'20

Soon after starting her teaching career, Mikayla Pascucci found that her experience at UHart prepared her well. She's a special education teacher at Bowers Elementary School in Manchester, Conn. and also earned her master's degree in special education at UHart. Read more

I've felt confident and comfortable in the classroom from my very first day as a certified educator because of the amazing support and experiences provided to me at the University of Hartford, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels."

The UHart Difference

First-Year Experience

Real-world learning begins right away - you'll have supervised classroom experience beginning in your first semester.

On-Campus Magnet Schools

With five schools on campus or within walking distance, we have multiple opportunities for teacher training right in our backyard.

Career Preparation

We offer practice interviews, panel discussions with school principals, resume writing assistance, and professional development events to help with your job search.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Majors
Undergraduate Minors
Accelerated Programs
Graduate Programs
Additional Programs

These programs are offered in partnership with other University of Hartford schools and colleges:

From Classroom to Career

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Through clinical experiences at approximately 55 partner schools throughout the state, you’ll gain the skills and training to become confident leading a classroom. Fieldwork, practica and student teaching experiences take place throughout your program.

We arrange practice interviews, panel discussions with school principals and alumni, résumé writing assistance, and professional development events to help with your job search.

Principals, assistant principals, and teachers from our partner schools also meet with us regularly to help shape our clinical experiences and curriculum, ensuring they are meaningful and relevant in the changing landscape of education.

Department Faculty and Staff

Theresa Abodeeb-Gentile
Associate Professor of Elementary Education
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Paige Bray
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
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Karen Case
Associate Professor of Administration and Supervision
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Jillian Cavanna
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, STEM, and Innovation
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Sarah Hart
Associate Professor of Special Education
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Thilagha Jagaiah
Assistant Professor of Special Education; Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
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Karla I. Loya
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership; Director EdD Program
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Jacqueline Lubin
Assistant Professor, Special Education
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Kayon Morgan
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
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Peter Oliver
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Human Development
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Sheetal Sood
Associate Dean for Assessment, Faculty Development & Special Projects; Director of Online Education Graduate Programs; Associate Professor of Special Education
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Lisa Zawilinski
Executive Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation; Associate Professor Elementary Education
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Department Contacts

General Inquiries:
deptofed@hartford.edu

Carol Ciotto, Interim Department Chair
860.768.4335
ciotto@hartford.edu

Rob Malaspina, Office Coordinator
860.768.5734
malaspina@hartford.edu

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