Great educators have the ability—and the privilege—to change lives. Quinnipiac University's mission is to prepare candidates for 21st century careers in education by facilitating their personal and intellectual transformation. It is more than just a career. As a student at QU, you will get a chance to cultivate a deep sense of agency to affect change within yourself and others towards the goal of a just and equitable society.
I landed an offer before I even graduated. That’s rare. It shows how well the program prepared me for the interview process. I still send my old professors questions and ideas about curriculum and pedagogy. They always make the time for me.
Quinnipiac University’s Dual-Degree Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (4+1) not only provides you with the knowledge and skills you will need as a teacher—it also gives you the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with inspiring teachers in the field and take classes with experienced professors. QU’s dual-degree pathway lets you complete your bachelor‘s degree, along with a master‘s degree in teaching and your elementary teaching certificate (grades 1-6) within five years. This allows your teaching career to continue uninterrupted, as keeping your license to teach requires the completion of a master‘s degree during the first six to eight years of teaching.
As a first-year student, you will begin the program with ED 140 – Introduction to Public Education. This 1-credit course introduces you to the teaching profession and our program. It helps you to make choices about coursework and even select a major if you haven’t already done so.
In your sophomore year, you will take two more education courses: foundational classes in diversity and philosophy of education. All of these early courses provide opportunities to build relationships with MAT faculty and fellow teachers and become further involved in events and clubs at the School of Education. At the end of your sophomore year, you will have an initial advising session with a member of the MAT faculty to review your overall academic status and discuss continuation in the program.
During your junior and senior years, you will spend 20 hours each semester doing a field study in a public school classroom with an experienced teacher. On campus, you will begin to take more specialized education courses. You’ll automatically transition to graduate school after you earn your bachelor‘s degree, and your final year will be spent interning at a local elementary school full time, under the supervision of an on-site mentor and a School of Education faculty member.
As a student at QU, you gain 80 hours of hands-on experience, and the full-year graduate internship/residency experience at partner schools.
At QU, you'll join classmates from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, from high school valedictorians and first-generation college students to military veterans and non-traditional students. The diverse perspectives and the close-knit community provide a rich and challenging setting for nurturing your personal and professional development as a teacher.
The dual-degree program at QU is a close-knit community. The average class size is fifteen students, which allows you as a student to receive individual attention from faculty and peers. QU's faculty members, with their years of experience, wealth of knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm help to prepare you to be a leader in public and private schools.
All programs in the School of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Own the application process. Start a checklist to put yourself on track to becoming the best teacher you can be.