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The University of Bridgeport offers career-oriented undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and programs for people seeking personal and professional growth. The University promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility and commitment to service. Distinctive curricula in an international, culturally diverse supportive learning environment prepare graduates for life and leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.

The University is independent and non-sectarian. It maintains its primary commitments and holds fast to its values. Academic programs are offered through thirteen schools, colleges and institutes. Concern for student development and support predominate.

A career-oriented focus in academic programs is complemented at the undergraduate level with a state-of-the-art core curriculum that helps students secure competencies for lifelong learning and knowledge about our world. The graduate, professional and health sciences programs offer career-oriented master’s and doctoral degrees.

Co-operative education opportunities, accelerated learning, commitment to teaching and a strong tradition of “students first” are a few of the reasons over 5,300 students are enrolled at the University. The School of Education’s shared values and beliefs for Educator Preparation is expressed by the following theme: The passionate, professional educator is knowledgeable about subject matter, committed to inquiry, and responsive to diversity.

  • College or University
  • Bridgeport, CT
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Getting my Masters in Education at UB gave me the opportunity to develop useful experience as a teacher. Interning full-time for a year allowed me to gain exposure to all elementary grades and content, while putting into practice what we learned in the classroom.

Sophie Gocheva

University of Bridgeport
Master’s & certification
Graduate-level Teacher Certification Program
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Master’s & certification
Graduate-level Teacher Certification Program
  • From 15 to 84 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
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Program Info

The graduate-level teacher certification program is available at UB's Bridgeport and Waterbury campuses and is offered through the School of Education.

The School of Education offers programs leading to master’s degrees and sixth-year certificates in elementary education, secondary education, educational administration and supervision, and remedial reading, as well as certification in many subject areas and school administration. The School’s doctoral program focuses on the development of experienced leaders and practitioners in both the public and private sector.

The School of Education’s shared values and beliefs for educator preparation is expressed by the following theme: The passionate, professional educator is knowledgeable about subject matter, committed to inquiry, and responsive to diversity.

The underlying beliefs of the School of Education envision professionally qualified educators who are passionate about the craft of engaging and sustaining students in their learning. The educator’s commitment to subject matter and to applying state and national teaching and learning standards leads candidates by example and inspiration rather than through force or fear. We model an “ethic of caring” and ensure that the educator’s passion of caring for each student leads to trusting and respectful relationships in a successful learning environment.

Candidates who already hold a master’s degree are eligible for the sixth year in elementary/secondary, but may still participate in the internship program.

  • From 15 to 84 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
Upcoming Deadlines
  • Deadlines
    Program Start
  • Final Deadline
    Jul. 15, 2021
  • Final Deadline
    Dec. 01, 2021
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Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
Application Fee
Cost Offsets
Students at University of Bridgeport have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with University of Bridgeport to see if you can, too!
Grants, Stipends, Scholarships
  • Lauren Rousseau Memorial Scholarship (Elementary Education) is available each year.
  • The Harper Scholarship: $1,000, awarded twice per year.
  • The Linabury Scholarship: $1,000 per year.
Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

The UB Internship offers a free Masters degree (33 credits) where candidates work full time within a school for 10 months in exchange for tuition remission. The UB Internship cost is $8,000 for the entire 15-month program, including student teaching.

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Provides information on the types of credentials one can gain by becoming certified to teach through this specific program of interest.
Biology, Grades 7-12
Business, Grades 7-12
Chemistry, Grades 7-12
Earth Science, Grades 4-8
Earth Science, 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
Music, Grades Pre-K-12
Physics, Grades 7-12
Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts, Grades 1-12
For more information, visit: Admissions

Sample Program Courses

  • All initial certification candidates take:
    • EDUC 503: Differentiated Instruction: Building on Student Diversity (3 cr.)
    • EDUC 509: Psychological Foundations in Education (3 cr.)
    • EDUC 564: Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 cr.)
    • EDUC 515: Internship – Semesters (4 cr.) I & II  OR
    • EDUC 450: Field Experience (6 cr.)
    • EDUC 548C: Directed/Supervised Resident Teaching (6 cr.)
  • Elementary Education Certification candidates take:
    • EDUC 441C: Pedagogical & Content Knowledge in Mathematics
    • EDUC 442C: Pedagogical & Content Knowledge in Social Studies
    • EDUC 443C: Pedagogical & Content Knowledge in Science
    • EDUC 440C: Pedagogical & Content Knowledge in Language Arts
    • EDUC 573: Early Literacy Instruction
    • EDUC 574: Developmental Reading in the Elementary School
  • Secondary Education Certification candidates take:
    • EDUC 440J – 443J: Pedagogical and Content Knowledge in Teaching Secondary Subjects (Discipline specific) (3 cr.)
    • EDUC 575J: Reading / Writing in the Content Area (3 cr.)
    • Various Graduate Level Content Courses – Discipline Specific (9-12 cr.)
  • Advanced Programs of Study

    The program is designed to enhance and improve the effectiveness of public and private organization leaders, school administrators, and researchers.

    Graduates and current students have held and hold significant positions in state-wide school systems, for-profit, non-profit institutions, colleges, and universities. The advanced graduate curriculum integrates the sound principles of administration, management, organizational psychology, information technology, program evaluation, quantitative, qualitative, action, and mixed research methodologies.

    • Educational Administration and Supervision Program leading to certification as an intermediate administrator (092) in the state of Connecticut.                                                   
    • Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts (102) Program leads to a sixth year certificate in the state of Connecticut.
    • Remedial Reading and Language Arts Consultant (097) Program leads to a certificate in the state of Connecticut.
    • Education Leadership Doctoral Program (Ed.D.) at the University of Bridgeport is the first of its kind in Connecticut, approved by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in 1980, and can be completed in person or online.


Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience

    In the internship program, we facilitate a placement in a Connecticut school. In exchange for the work that you do as an intern (for a period of 10 months, five days per week), the school district pays your tuition for courses toward either a Master's of Science in Education degree or a post-master’s degree called a Sixth Year Certificate of Advanced Study. The candidate is only required to pay for books and university fees. There is no stipend, but the candidate saves approximately $24,000 in tuition fees. In order to become certified in the State of Connecticut, you would have to “residency” teach (also known as student teaching) for a total of 60 days and pass the Praxis ll exam and edTPA performance assessment. Residency teaching earns you six credits and that is one thing interns as well as traditional students are financially responsible for (approximately $4,350.00).

  • Commitment to Improvement

    In addition to our internship program, we also admit traditional (tuition-paying) students who keep their days free and take courses at their own pace.

Total Enrollment
Entry GPA Min Grad Eligibility
Entry GPA Med
Program Completers
Acceptance Rate
  • Male
  • Female
  • 32%
  • 68%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 1%
  • 5%
  • 15%
  • 6%
  • 0%
  • 74%
  • 0%
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