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At the University of Bridgeport School of Education, we focus on giving our graduates the knowledge and preparation they need to become great educators – people who challenge and inspire their students to dream bigger, reach farther and achieve more. Graduate students may work toward a Master of Science in Elementary Education or Master of Science in Secondary Education. Students may attend as full-time or part-time enrollees. UB is home to the first tuition-paid internship program in the country and trains more Connecticut teachers than any other school in the state. M.S. degree classes are available in Bridgeport, Stamford, or Waterbury. UB works closely with 60+ school districts in Connecticut and Westchester, NY.

Program Options

Tuition-Paid Internship - Option

  • Save over $20,000 in tuition
  • Accelerated Program - Complete your master's degree in ten months
  • You take classes at least two to three nights a week
  • UB's School of Education arranges your internship placement
  • You intern full-time in a cooperating school during the day for an entire calendar year
  • You pay only for books and fees

Traditional Student - Option

  • Participate in fieldwork at a local school of your choice
  • Complete the program at your own pace, usually in two or more years
  • You are responsible for all program tuition, fees and books

Residency (Student) Teaching Placement

(Please note: The Residency (Student) Teaching Placement is not covered under the Tuition-Paid Internship – Option)

You must complete six credits (60 days or 12 weeks) of residency (student) teaching for Connecticut certification. Your student teaching placement is made through the School of Education and is supervised by university staff.

Education Certification Tracks

  • Elementary Education (M.S. or Sixth Year Certificate)
  • Secondary Education (M.S. or Sixth Year Certificate)
  • Educational Administration and Supervision (Sixth Year Certificate - 092)
  • Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts (Sixth Year Certificate - 102)
  • Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

This 33 credit graduate course of study provides extensive course work and experiences in working with students in the field of literacy and language arts, leading to the initial educator certification in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts (102) for grades 1-12.

Program Overview

The University of Bridgeport offers a well-respected Educational Leadership Preparation Program leading to certification as an intermediate administrator (092) in the state of Connecticut. The program is available at all three UB locations: Bridgeport, Stamford, and Waterbury.

Program Objectives

The Intermediate Administrator or Supervisor Certification Program is designed to provide practical preparation for administrative positions in schools up to, and including, the assistant superintendent position. All state of Connecticut requirements for Administrative certification are met by completion of this program. The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards comprise the basis of all course work.

6th YEAR Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Students may take additional required courses leading to a 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Educational Leadership.

Classes

Each meets one evening a week for two hours. Classes begin at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Students are able to take two classes per evening. There is an accelerated schedule for summer courses. Education Leadership Faculty are experienced school administrators who bring to the classroom a combination of leadership experience and scholarship/research.

Program Objectives

The Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts Certificate or Sixth Year program focuses on working with students in a variety of instructional settings for the purpose of teaching literacy processes, for evaluating students in reading and language arts, and for developing and evaluating literacy programs. In this program, students learn to create appropriate literacy instruction for learners experiencing difficulty in reading and language arts. Upon completion of this program, students may apply for the Connecticut initial educator certificate in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts, 1-12.

Learning Outcomes

The candidates will be able to:

  • Evaluate school effectiveness according to State criteria.
  • Monitor curriculum development for schools K-12.
  • Understand basic principles of school’s administration as determined by the Connecticut Administrators Test (CAT).
  • Create school environments suitable to the needs of students with exceptionalalities.
  • Pass Connecticut Administrators Test (CAT).
  • Course Requirements

    1. Psychology/Pedagogy

    • EDLD 601- Introduction to Education Leadership
    • EDLD 621- Evaluation of School Effectiveness

    2. Curriculum/Program Monitoring

    • EDLD 651a Workshop in Curriculum Development

    3. School Administration

    • EDLD 618 Public School Finance
    • EDLD 619 School Law

    4. Personnel Evaluation/Supervision

    • EDLD 652 Supervision/ Evaluation of Personnel

    5. Internship

    • EDLD 681a Administrative Internship

    6. Special Services Administration

    • EDLD 664 Supervision of Programs and Services for Students with Exceptionalities (This course can be waived for individuals holding certification and currently working in Social Work, Psychology, Speech & Language Pathology or Special Education).

    * Successful Completion of the Connecticut Administrative Test (CAT)
    STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE 30 Credit Hours for a 6th Year Certificate in Education Leadership.
    Education Leadership Electives:

    • EDLD 680a Urban Leadership
    • EDLD 613 Current topics in Education Leadership
    • EDLD 614 Leadership & Management of School Facilities
    • EDLD 615 Research & Data Informed


    Program requirements

    Master ’s degree , or its equivalent , from a regionally accredited institution U ndergraduate cumulative gra de point average of 2.67 or higher
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