Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When are applications due?

A. Application deadlines

Q. What are the application requirements?

A. Our Office of Graduate Admissions is available to explain the application requirements and to help you get your application together. You may contact them by submitting a request for information or by phoning (203) 254-4184.

Q. What tests must I take in order to be admitted?

A. Candidates for an initial teaching certificate as an elementary educator must either pass the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (formerly the PRAXIS I exam), or be waived from taking the exam.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Tuition and fees for our graduate programs

Q. Do I have to be a full-time student?

A. Our program is designed to meet the learning needs of full and part-time students.

Q. When are courses offered?

A. Most of our courses are offered from Mon.-Thurs. in the late afternoon and evening. A few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for 2 hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for 4 or 5 weekends or weekend days over the semester. We also offer summer courses from late May through early August.

Q. What is the average class size?

A. We keep our classes small. The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from 6 to 20.

Q. What undergraduate degree or courses do I need to be eligible for admission?

A. Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds and have majored in a wide variety of disciplines. It is very important that our teacher candidates in elementary education understand and can teach the wide range of subjects that are taught by elementary teachers. We carefully advise our students when we see that they need to take additional undergraduate courses to build up their knowledge base.

Q. How long does it take to complete the degree?

A. Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each Fall and Spring semester and up to 9 credits in the summer sessions. For full-time students, the program can be completed in about 2 years. For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time.

Students are required, however, to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.

Q. What financial aid is available?

A. Our financial aid office can best answer that question for you. You may reach them by phoning (203) 254-4125 or by e-mailing them, and you can visit the Financial Aid website.

Our graduate assistantships provide tuition credit for work. See the Graduate Assistantship page for more information.