Department of Education
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.
The UHart Difference
- Real-world learning begins right away - you’ll have classroom experience beginning your first semester of your first year.
- With five schools on campus or within walking distance, we have multiple opportunities for teacher training right in our backyard.
- Our bachelor’s degree in Integrated Elementary and Special Education allows you to earn two Connecticut certifications in four years, which opens doors to many more career options.
- Our Montessori concentrations allow you to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree with an internationally recognized Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma in one program.
- Undergraduates can pursue research with our experienced faculty members.
- Our honors program provides exceptional academic and co-curricular experiences for students seeking advanced inquiry and deeper exploration in education.
- Class sizes are small, and you’ll receive ample individual mentoring from our faculty.
At the graduate level, we offer programs to support you at various stages of your career, including master’s degree programs in early childhood, elementary and special education as well as a Montessori concentration. Our doctoral program in educational leadership offers advanced training to mid-career adults interested in shaping their postsecondary education work environments into dynamic learning communities.
Hannah Schultz ‘14, special education teacher, New London, Conn. Public Schools
When I was job hunting, many employers took note of my dual certification in elementary and special education. That flexibility really made me stand out, along with the research I completed and presented at a national conference through the honors program. They were at the top of my resume.”
From Classroom to Career
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.
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.
Our programs weave together coursework, clinical experiences, and preparation for Praxis exams to help students successfully obtain State of Connecticut certification.
- Early Childhood Education (BS)
- Elementary Education (BS)
- Integrated Elementary and Special Education (BS)
- Montessori Concentration (BA, BS)
- Early Childhood Education (MEd)
- Elementary Education (MEd)
- Special Education (MEd)
- Montessori Concentration (MEd)
- Educational Leadership (EdD)
These programs are offered in partnership with other University of Hartford schools and colleges:
Department Faculty and Staff
Lisa Zawilinski, Chair
Silvia Baptista, Office Coordinator
Brayson Grant, Office Coordinator - Clinical Experiences
Michael Panicello, Coordinator of Assessment & Accreditation