Master of Arts: Teaching

Sacred Heart University

Program Description

Master of Arts: Teaching

Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) Farrington College of Education offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for those who are certified teachers in Connecticut. Designed for the classroom teacher, the MAT builds skills in areas such as classroom instruction, curriculum development, and classroom management.


This master’s degree program requires completion of 33–36 credit hours of coursework. Courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are scheduled during weekday evenings with some courses offered online. The program may be completed in 1.5 years of full-time study.

Part-time students typically take 2 to 2.5 years of study to complete their course requirements.

Those who received their initial teaching certificate through Sacred Heart University may receive credit for some coursework already completed.


MAT candidates gain valuable experience in our tuition-paid, full-time internship program in which we partner with numerous school districts in the local area. Interns are placed in a school system for one year to serve as instructional assistants while pursuing their graduate studies in evening classes. Students who complete the year-long internship will receive the equivalent of 30 credits of graduate tuition applied to their Sacred Heart University student account.


The Farrington College of Education at SHU engages in preparing men and women to live in and make their contributions to the human community through promoting a culture of excellence in a changing world.

Long recognized as a leader in education, the Farrington College of Education addresses many of the critical needs in our nation's schools. Engaged and knowledgeable faculty members help educators across the state hone their skills teaching elementary education and secondary subjects of mathematics, science, English, Spanish and social studies to a remarkably diverse student population.

Professors are leaders in the creation of new schools such as the Discovery Magnet School and the Fairchild-Wheeler Intra-district High School, which provide cutting-edge curriculum in the STEM fields to students from Bridgeport and surrounding suburbs. Our programs in educational leadership prepare a network of administrators who are well placed throughout Connecticut.


In order to complete an application for the MAT program, applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Completed and signed application:
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities you have attended. SHU students and alumni may authorize the Office of Graduate Admissions to obtain their official SHU transcripts on their behalf. Contact Graduate Admissions for an authorization form.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Signed applicant statement of understanding
  • Copy of official current teacher certification
  • Plan of study
  • Proof of background check

MAT applicants who are not certified to teach must meet additional admission requirements, including a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.67 (on a 4.0 scale), passing scores on the Praxis Core Exam test or an official waiver and submission of an essay explaining reasons for entering the MAT degree program.


Student loans, deferred payment plans and a variety of other programs are available through the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 203-371-7980.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
18 - 30 months
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USA - Fairfield, Connecticut
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Sept. 2019
USA - Fairfield, Connecticut
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