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Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University


Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. Rooted in the 2,000-year-old Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, Sacred Heart embraces a vision for social justice, and educates students in mind, body and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s five colleges, which includes the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. Consistently recognized for excellence, The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides, Best 382 Colleges–2018 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for “Best College Theater” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. U.S. News & World Report ranks SHU in its Best Colleges 2018 guidebook and calls SHU the fourth “Most Innovative School” in the North. The Chronicle of Higher Education also names SHU one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic universities in its 2016 almanac.

  • College or University
  • Fairfield, CT

Institution Links

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Online Application
Chris Carr

Sacred Heart University not only afforded me with the education and path to my career today, but an opportunity to make life long friends and start a family.

Chris Carr

Sacred Heart University


Bachelor’s & certification

5-year Bachelor and Master of Arts in Teaching

  • From 60 to 66 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

Sacred Heart University's Five-Year Program is available to undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a professional career in teaching. This innovative program offers a bachelor's degree in an academic major, initial teaching certification and a master's degree. The program also includes a school-based experience where students will gain valuable knowledge and build professional relationships. TomTest002

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Nov. 15, 2024

  • Jan. 01, 2025


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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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  • $23,550

    In State Tuition

  • $23,550

    Out of State Tuition

  • $75

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Sacred Heart University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Sacred Heart University to see if you can, too!



Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships

  • Isabelle T. Farrington Award—Available to students in the junior or senior class who demonstrate superior academic performance and potential and have a sincere interest in and practice of the principles of citizenship and religion for which Sacred Heart University has been established.
  • Sandra Lynn Nobili Award—Given to a Catholic student entering senior year and planning a career in elementary education. The recipient must have a cumulative average of 3.0 or better.
  • Robert M. Paul Award—Available to full-time undergraduate students. Preference is given to a Bridgeport Catholic high school graduate who has demonstrated financial need.

Termed Scholarship

  • Noyce Scholarship Award - Available to students in the junior or senior class who seek certification in Secondary Biology or Mathematics and agree to teach in a high-needs school upon completion of the five-year program. Scholarship extends to the graduate year (3 years). 

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

The Internship/School-based experience is designed for Sacred Heart University undergraduates who plan to achieve initial certification as an elementary or secondary teacher. During the fifth year, candidates can serve as interns in public schools for 180 days, a full school year. Six credits of student teaching is fulfilled during 50 of those internship days. Participation in the internship will cover the cost of tuition for 30 graduate credits. More information available here.

For more information visit:Financial Aid Office


Biology, Grades 7-12
Chemistry, Grades 7-12
Elementary, Grades 1-6
English, Grades 7-12
General Science, Grades 7-12
History & Social Studies, Grades 7-12
Mathematics, Grades 7-12
Other World Languages, Grades 7-12
For more information, visit: Admissions

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

Candidates in the five-year program complete their foundational core, two courses in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and their Liberal Arts Explorations in the first two years while starting their content area major. In their junior and senior years, candidates take 21 credits towards their teacher certification requirements.

Program Hallmarks


  • Male

  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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