Neag School of Education

Ray and Carole Neag with Professor Sally Reis

Donors Ray ’56 (CLAS) and Carole Neag with Sally Reis.

 

  • Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D., Dean
  • Joseph Madaus, Ph.D., Associate Dean
  • Del Siegle, Ph.D., Associate Dean
  • Ann Traynor, Ed.D., Director, Advising and Certification

The University’s general education requirements are listed in the General Education Requirements section of this Catalog. In addition to fulfilling the University’s general education requirements, all students in the Neag School of Education must satisfy the following competency requirements.

Writing Competency: All students in the IB/M program will be required to successfully complete two writing intensive (W) courses within the Neag School of Education. The W courses in each of the major program fields will develop writing skills specific to the content area domain, as well as be consistent with the practices of professionals in the area of teacher education. Courses that will satisfy the W requirement include EDCI 3100W, 4110W, 4205W, 4210W; and EPSY 4120W. All students in the Sport Management program will be required to successfully complete two writing intensive (W) courses within the Neag School of Education. The W courses will develop writing skills specific to the content area domain, as well as be consistent with the practices of professionals in sport management. Courses that will satisfy the W requirement include EDLR 3300W and 3547W.

Information Literacy Competency: The information literacy competency requirement for IB/M Teacher Education students and Sport Management students will be satisfied by the successful completion of the W courses within each concentration area within the Neag School of Education.

Teacher Education Programs

The Neag School of Education offers two routes to certification – the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s (IB/M) Teacher Education Program and the Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG). For information regarding the TCPCG, please refer to the Graduate Catalog. The Neag School of Education has developed a model of professional preparation for educators that provides students with a balance of carefully sequenced inquiry experiences, multiple clinical practices, liberal arts preparation, and pedagogical knowledge in a collegial environment which stresses collaboration between and among public schools, professional development schools, the different departments in the Neag School of Education, and the liberal arts faculty of the University.

To qualify for the University of Connecticut’s institutional recommendation for certification, any applicant must successfully complete the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Education Program, involving five years of full-time study. Prospective teachers complete at least two years of course work in general education and in a subject area major prior to admission to the Neag School of Education, followed by two years of full-time course work in a subject area major and professional education while enrolled in the undergraduate teacher education program, followed by one year of full-time course work in professional education while enrolled in the Graduate School to earn the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction or Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. Connecticut’s Praxis Core assessment and subject knowledge testing requirements must also be successfully completed.

Dorothea Anagnostopoulos

Dorothea Anagnostopoulos, the executive director of teacher education, at UConn’s Neag School of Education.

 

The Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Education Program includes the following certification areas:

  • Agricultural Education (PK-12)
  • Biology Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Chemistry Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Earth Science Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)
  • English Education (Grades 7-12)
  • French Language Education (Grades 7-12)
  • General Science Education (Grades 7-12)
  • German Language Education (Grades 7-12)
  • History and Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Music Education (PK-12)
  • Physics Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Spanish Language Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Comprehensive Special Education (Grades K-12)

Our state-approved teacher education program meets certification requirements and statutory regulations for Connecticut. Education requirements, however, are subject to change in accordance with the changes mandated by the state of Connecticut (www.sde.ct.gov). Students must fulfill the course, field and assessment requirements that are in effect at the time of their admission to the Neag School of Education. The most recent program guidelines and sample semester sequence for each program are available on the Neag School of Education website at advising.education.uconn.edu. Please note that the requirements listed below are currently in effect.

Agricultural Education

The program in Agricultural Science Education prepares students to teach Agricultural Science in grades PK-12. Complete a subject area major in Agricultural Sciences consisting of a minimum of 39 credits. At least 24 credits of advanced courses (2000 level or above) must be from two or more departments/disciplines in agriculture and natural resources (i.e. Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Animal Science, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Nutritional Sciences, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, or Plant Science). Up to 12 of these 39 credits may be taken in related areas. With permission of the education advisor, up to six credits of 1000-level courses may be included in the 39-credit subject area major. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3210, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Biology Education

Biology Education majors are required to complete a subject area major in Biological Sciences consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in natural sciences courses at the 2000 level or above. This includes a minimum of 24 credits of 2000-level or above courses completed in the biological sciences and closely related subject areas. Up to 12 credits may be completed in related areas. Six credits taken at the 1000 level may be included with permission of the science education advisor. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3213, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Chemistry Education

Chemistry Education majors are required to complete a subject area major in Chemistry consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in natural sciences courses at the 2000 level or above. This includes a minimum of 24 credits of 2000-level or above courses completed in chemistry and closely related subject areas. Up to 12 credits may be completed in related areas. Six credits taken at the 1000 level may be included with permission of the science education advisor. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3213, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Earth Science Education

Earth Science majors are required to complete a subject area major in Earth Science consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in natural sciences courses at the 2000 level or above. This includes a minimum of 24 credits of 2000-level or above courses completed in the earth sciences and closely related subject areas. Up to 12 credits may be completed in related areas. Six credits taken at the 1000 level may be included with permission of the science education advisor. Students wishing to specialize in the earth sciences are advised initially to major in geology or physical geography and in addition, to select appropriate courses in meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3213, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Elementary Education

Students in Elementary Education are prepared to teach in grades 1-6. Elementary Education majors are required to complete a subject area major that includes a single subject plus a second concentration as listed below. A minimum of 39 credits of advanced level courses 2000 level or above in teaching areas encountered in elementary schools are required. Up to nine credits may be at the 1000 level. Mathematics or science courses at the 1000 level may be included as the equivalent of 2000-level courses. Required courses: One course in math (MATH 2010Q) and one course in science in addition to general education requirements.

Single Subject

At least 24 credits in one of the following four subject areas: (1) English; or (2) Geography and/or History; or (3) Mathematics; or (4) Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and/or General Science). Up to six credits may be at the 1000 level.

Second Concentration

At least 15 credits distributed among the three related subjects listed below, which do not include the subject area selected above. Two of these related subject areas must include at least two courses.

  • HUMANITIES: English; Fine Arts (Art, Drama, and/or Music); Modern and Classical Languages; Linguistics; Philosophy; and/or Communication Sciences.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES: Anthropology; Economics; Geography; History; Political Science; Psychology; and/or Sociology.
  • MATHEMATICS: Computer Science; Mathematics; and/or Statistics.
  • SCIENCE: Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; General Science; and/or Physics.

Professional Education Requirements

Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3010, 3100/W, 4110W, 4115, 4120, 4125, 4130, 4150 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 3120, 4110, 4200; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HDFS 1070 or PSYC 2400; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

English Education

The secondary English program prepares students to teach English in grades 7-12, and to use and respond to language in all its forms: writing, literature and oral communication. Students ordinarily acquire a broad background in British and American literature, as well as drama, speech, poetry, journalism and world literature. English Education majors must complete a subject area major in English consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in courses numbered 2000 or above in English or related areas. Up to 12 credits may be completed in related areas including no more than six credits of 1000 level courses. Requirements include at least one course in each of the following groups:

Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3211, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4215 (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

French Language Education

French Language Education majors must complete a subject area major in French consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in courses at the 2000 level or above in the field of concentration. A minimum of 24 credits must be taken in one or two closely related departments. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in related areas. Up to six credits in 1000-level courses may be included with prior consent of the faculty advisor. Requirements include the following proficiency development courses or equivalents: FREN 1163, 1164, 3257, 3268, and 3269; at least 12 credits of the following literature courses or equivalents: FREN 3221, 3222, 3223, 3230, 3231, 3234, 3235, 3261W, 3262W, and/or 3272; and at least nine credits of the following culture and civilization courses or equivalents: FREN 3210, 3211, 3218, 3220, 3224, 3232, 3267, and/or 3273. It is strongly recommended that students complete a maximum number of courses in their major language, seize all opportunities to develop control of the spoken language, and pursue meaningful study abroad at the earliest feasible time. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3215, 4010, 4205W, 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

General Science Education

General Science Education majors must complete a subject area major in general science consisting of a minimum of 39 credits at the 2000 level or above, which must include study in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences (astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography). Six credits taken at the 1000 level may be included with permission of the science education advisor. General Science Education majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3213, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

German Language Education

German Language Education majors must complete the following proficiency development courses or equivalents: GERM 1133, 1134, 3220, 3233, 3234, 3245, and 4246; at least 12 credits of the following literature courses or equivalents: GERM 3252W, 3253W, 3254W, 3255, 3293, or 3294; and at least nine credits of the following culture and civilization courses or equivalents: GERM 3251, 3258, 3261W, or 3265. It is strongly recommended that students complete a maximum number of courses in their major language, seize all opportunities to develop control of the spoken language, and pursue meaningful study abroad at the earliest feasible time. German Language Education majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3215, 4010, 4205W, 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

History and Social Studies Education

The history and social studies program offers preparation leading to certification in grades 7-12. Graduates are prepared to teach history, civics, sociology, economics, geography, and anthropology, along with a wide range of area studies and courses ordinarily associated with social studies. History and Social Studies Education majors must complete a subject area major in history and social science consisting of a minimum of 42 credits of courses numbered 2000 and above, including at least 24 credits in history, and at least 18 credits in social studies (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology). Up to 12 credits may be taken at the 1000 level (only six credits of 1000-level history courses allowed). History 2000 and above courses must include two Non-Western, one Ancient/Early Modern, one Modern Europe, one American, HIST 2100 and HIST 4994W. Social science courses must include two courses in political science, one economics course, and one geography course. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3214, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 and 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Mathematics Education

The secondary mathematics program prepares graduates for certification in mathematics for grades 7-12. Majors are prepared to teach mathematics at the middle school, as well as subject areas such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Mathematics Education majors must complete a subject area major in Mathematics consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in mathematics and related areas. Students are required to complete 30 credits in 2000 to 4000-level mathematics courses. Students should fulfill this requirement with the completion of MATH 2110Q, 2210Q, 2360Q, 2410Q, 2710, 2720W, 3160, 3230, 3240, and 3710. In addition, students are required to take STAT 1000Q or 1100Q. The remaining three credits should be selected from mathematics or areas related to mathematics. Suitable related areas include Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Physical or Natural Science, and Philosophy (Logic). Up to six credits of 1000-level courses may be included as part of the 36 credits with prior consent of the faculty advisor. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3212, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Music Education

The Music Education Program prepares students to teach music from PK-12 and direct bands, orchestras, and choruses. Music Education majors must complete the following Music courses: MUSI 1101, 1103, 1222, 1311, 1312, 1313, 1314, 1501, 1701, 3222, 3311, 3312, 3313, 3314, 3342, 3401, 3405, 3409, 3421W, 3851, 4731, 4732 or 4733. Majors are required to complete MUSI 1231 or to demonstrate equivalent piano proficiency. Convocation, Applied Music, and Ensemble participation is required each semester (with the exception of the Student Teaching Semester). Four performances representing the student’s declared applied emphasis (instrumental or voice) are required. The performances may take place in recital or convocation, where a student may appear as either soloist, chamber musician, or accompanist. Such performances are to be of solo literature, although with permission of the applied teacher, small ensemble literature may be acceptable. Majors must also complete a subject area major consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in courses at the 2000 level or above in music. Up to eight credits of 1000 level courses may be included with prior consent of the faculty advisor. In addition, Music Education majors must complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3020, 3100/W, 3305, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 3110, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Physics Education

Physics Education majors must complete a subject area major in Physics consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in natural sciences courses at the 2000 level or above. This includes a minimum of 24 credits of 2000-level or above courses completed in physics and closely related subject areas. Up to 12 credits may be completed in related areas. Six credits taken at the 1000 level may be included with permission of the science education advisor. An adequate background in mathematics is also required. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3213, 4010, 4210W (three credits), 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Spanish Language Education

Spanish Language Education majors must complete a subject area major in Spanish consisting of a minimum of 36 credits in courses at the 2000 level or above in the field of concentration. A minimum of 24 credits must be taken in one or two closely related departments. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in related areas. Up to six credits in 1000-level courses may be included with prior consent of the faculty advisor. Requirements include the following proficiency development courses or equivalents: SPAN 1003, 1004, 3178, 3179, 3240W, 3241, and 3242; at least 12 credits of the following literature courses or equivalents: SPAN 3230, 3231, 3232, 3233, 3234, 3251, 3260, 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3266 and/or 4200W; and at least nine credits of the following culture and civilization courses or equivalents: SPAN 3200, 3201, 3204, 3205, 3206, 3207, and/or 3208. It is strongly recommended that students complete a maximum number of courses in their major language, seize all opportunities to develop control of the spoken language, pursue meaningful study abroad at the earliest feasible time. Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 3215, 4010, 4205W, 4250 (nine credits); EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3110, 3125, 4010; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Comprehensive Special Education

The Comprehensive Special Education Program prepares prospective teachers of students with disabilities in grades K-12. Comprehensive Special Education majors must complete a subject area major that includes a single subject plus a second concentration as listed below. A minimum of 39 credits of advanced-level courses (2000 or above) in teaching areas encountered in schools are required. Up to nine credits may be taken at the 1000 level; 1000-level courses in mathematics or science may be included as the equivalent of 2000-level courses.

Required courses

One course in mathematics and one course in science in addition to the general education requirements.

Single Subject

At least 24 credits in one of the following three subject areas. (1) English; or (2) Mathematics; or (3) Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and/or General Science). Up to six credits may be at the 1000 level.

Second Concentration

At least 15 credits distributed among the three related subjects listed below which do not include the subject area selected above.

  1. Humanities: English, Fine Arts (Art, Drama, and/or Music); Modern and Classical Languages; Linguistics, Philosophy; and/or Communication Sciences;
  2. Social Sciences: Anthropology; Economics; Geography; History; Political Science; Psychology; and/or Sociology;
  3. Mathematics: Computer Science; Mathematics; and/or Statistics;
  4. Science: Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; General Science; and/or Physics.

Two of these related subject areas must include at least two courses.

Professional Education Requirements

Majors must also complete the following Professional Education Requirements: EDCI 3100/W, 4110W, 4115; EGEN 3100, 4100, 4110; EPSY 3010, 3115, 3125, 3130, 4110, 4115 (nine credits), 4120W; HDFS 1070 or PSYC 2400; HIST 1501 or 1502; PSYC 1100; and the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology program (Special Education majors only).

Sport Management Program

The Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Management major, prepares students to enter careers in the sport industry, including intercollegiate athletics, facility management, professional sports, the sporting goods industry, private/ public sport clubs, resorts, youth sport management, and event management.

The University’s general education requirements are listed in the “General Education Requirements” section of this Catalog.

The most recent program guidelines and sample semester sequence are available at advising.education.uconn.edu. The Department of Educational Leadership offers the following undergraduate program:

Sport Management

Students complete course work in general education, cognate areas, and Educational Leadership. Requirements include: COMM 1100; ECON 1201, 1202; MATH 1070Q; PSYC 1100, 1101, 1103, 2600; SOCI 1001 or 1251; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; EDLR 3090, 3091, 3300W, 3310, 3325, 3335, 3340, 3345, 3350, 3547W, 3550; Recommended course: SOCI 1501. Cognate electives: 15 credits.

Advisement Information

Because the Neag School of Education is a junior and senior professional school, prospective applicants complete two or more years of study in a school or college other than the Neag School of Education. Most students participate in the services offered by the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) during their freshman and sophomore years declaring a pre-education major. Students who intend to teach declare a pre-teaching major. Students who intend to pursue the Sport Management program declare a pre-Sport Management major.

Pre-Education students should seek the most recent information at the earliest opportunity. Admission information, including a list of faculty advisors, program guidelines, sample semester sequences, and information on Connecticut’s essential skills testing requirement are available at advising.education.uconn.edu or the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) located on the first floor of the Rowe Center for Undergraduate Education; or the Neag School of Education, C. B. Gentry Building, Room 303. Students are invited to meetings each semester to discuss Neag School of Education programs.

Prospective applicants who wish to complete requirements in the minimum amount of time should strictly follow the most recent program guidelines. Students who declare themselves as pre-education majors should register through the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES).

Neag students in Paris

Neag students show their excitement to be in Paris for the Education Abroad Program.

 

Admission to Neag School of Education Programs

The Neag School of Education is a professional school. Students begin their junior-senior programs after completing at least 54 credits in a school or college other than the Neag School of Education. Students complete their first two years in another of the schools or colleges of the University (at either Storrs or one of the regional campuses) or a two or four-year accredited college or university other than the University of Connecticut. The maximum enrollment in each program is determined by the Dean in consultation with program administrators.

Applications for admission to the Neag School of Education are available at teachered.education.uconn.edu and sport.education.uconn.edu.

Students not currently attending the University of Connecticut must submit an additional University admission application with Transfer Admissions. Students transferring to the University with less than 54 credits should fulfill requirements in a school or college other than the Neag School of Education and later make application to the Neag School of Education. These students initially complete only the University application.

The faculty of the Neag School of Education seek to actively recruit students from underrepresented groups. Admission to the Neag School of Education is competitive.

Teacher Education

All teacher education programs annually admit for the fall semester. Students are advised to submit a completed Application for Admission to Upper Division Programs and all supporting materials after completion of their third semester, and before January 15, to be considered for admission for the following fall semester.

Successful applicants to teacher education programs generally have completed sufficient credits to be eligible for consideration, have applied by the annual deadline of January 15, have participated in successful interviews with faculty, have accumulated sufficient experience working with children, have submitted a resume, have written acceptable essays, and have earned the most competitive cumulative grade point averages.

Connecticut statute requires that each person admitted to a teacher education program in Connecticut shall take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in mathematics, reading, and writing or meet the requirements for a waiver. Students must submit test scores or meet the waiver requirement by August 1 (prior to entering the teaching program in the junior year).

Waiver eligibility includes a combined score of at least 1100 on the SAT mathematics and critical reading subtests, with neither subtest score below 450; or at least 22 on the ACT English subtest and at least 19 on the ACT Mathematics subtest; or a score of 297 on the GRE quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning tests with no less than a score of 144 in quantitative reasoning and 150 in verbal reasoning, plus a minimum analytical writing score of 4.5. The most up-to-date information on these tests can be reviewed at www.ets.org. Additional information on the Praxis Core requirement is available on teachered.education.uconn.edu/ibm-current-students-praxis.

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction or Master of Arts in Educational Psychology must apply for admission to the Graduate School by February 1 of the final undergraduate semester. Admission requirements include a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for the entire undergraduate record, or 3.0 for the last two years, or excellent work in the entire final year.

Sport Management

Students must submit the application and all supporting materials by February 1 for fall admission. Successful applicants to Sport Management generally have completed sufficient credits to be eligible for consideration, have applied by the annual deadline, have completed a well-written personal statement discussing why applicant is interested in pursuing a degree in Sport Management (be sure to include information regarding current experiences in the field of Sport Management and applicant’s future aspirations for a career in this field), one letter of recommendation from a professional (professional in sport management, faculty member, or supervisor), and have earned the most competitive grade point average.

Richard Schwab, Dennis Van Roekel, and Barry Fargo

Richard Schwab, center, then dean of the Neag School of Education, speaks with Dennis Van Roekel, left, president of the National Education Association, and Barry Fargo, a New London teacher, after a 2008 press conference announcing the CommPACT initiative. Archival photo supplied by the Connecticut Education Association.

 

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Upon recommendation of the faculty, the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science is awarded by vote of the Board of Trustees to students who have met the following requirements: (1) earned a total of 120 credits; (2) earned at least a 2.2 grade point average for all calculable course work; (3) met all the requirements of the Neag School of Education; and (4) earned at least 12 credits in courses offered in the Neag School of Education.

In addition, students with major fields of study in a subject area of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree from the Neag School of Education provided that they have met the general education requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Accreditation

The Neag School of Education is accredited by both the Connecticut State Board of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. A statement will appear on all transcripts of students who finish teacher education programs in the Neag School of Education indicating completion of a Connecticut State Board of Education and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education approved program.

National and State Requirements

The Connecticut State Board of Education maintains minimum requirements for certification for positions in the public schools of Connecticut. The faculty of the Neag School of Education prepares students to meet certification requirements.

The certification officer is responsible for supplying the Connecticut State Department of Education with an institutional recommendation for all students from this institution seeking certification and will recommend only those candidates completing the most recent requirements.

In accordance with Connecticut Public Act 09-1, fingerprinting and a criminal background check will be required prior to placement in a clinical assignment. In certain circumstances evidence of a criminal record may prevent a student from fulfilling clinical requirements for program completion and professional licensure.

Connecticut statute mandates a series of assessments for prospective teachers.

  1. Students admitted to teacher education programs must take the Praxis Core tests or meet the waiver criteria. Additional information regarding approved tests and eligibility criteria for a Praxis Core waiver is included elsewhere in this chapter related to Admission to Neag School of Education program.
  2. Students planning to apply for teacher certification in Connecticut or elsewhere should contact their academic advisor regarding subject knowledge testing. No graduate may be recommended for a teaching certificate until successfully completing Connecticut’s subject knowledge testing requirements (e.g. Praxis II, ACTFL, Foundations of Reading). Title II of the Higher Education Act requires that teacher education programs annually report on several items including how well program completers perform on state licensing and certification assessments. The most recent Neag School of Education program completion data is available at neag.uconn.edu.

Because of the nature of Connecticut’s certification and educator preparation program approval regulations, including the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and its professional associations, students must satisfy all program requirements in order to be recommended for certification.