Note from Dean Michael Alfano

Programs offered through the School of Education and Professional Studies encompass careers in education, health care, fitness, and social services.  We are historically dedicated, as Connecticut’s first teacher-training institution of higher learning, to the “helping professions.”  A tradition of excellence within the School of Education and Professional Studies extends all the way from 1849 to present day. And recent graduates of our teacher preparation and leadership programs have gone on to earn numerous prestigious professional honors, such as the Milken Educator Award (the “Oscars of Teaching”) and the MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals award, among others.

At the School of Education and Professional Studies we are continually working to enact Central Connecticut State University’s overarching Elements of Distinctiveness.

Some recent examples across the school include:


  • International Education. Aside from study abroad opportunities, we have long-standing partnerships with Sam Sharpe Teacher’s College and Mico University College located in the country of Jamaica, that involve our Reading and Language Arts Department, Nursing Department and Department of Educational Leadership.
  • Community Engagement. Students from all of SEPS programs engage in field experiences at the James H. Naylor/CCSU Leadership Academy in Hartford, Connecticut, learning how societal needs can be addressed collaboratively and from multiple perspectives, e.g., from the viewpoint of the teacher, the social worker and the nurse.  Additionally, we offer the only graduate program in the country that prepares marriage and family therapists to serve as certified School Marriage and Family Therapists.
  • Workforce and State Economic Development. Programs offered through SEPS, simply stated, prepare professionals for service in our communities.  Whether they be exercise and fitness professionals promoting a healthy lifestyle or our doctorally-prepared school leaders, shaping the future of public education…upon graduation all SEPS students make meaningful and lasting contributions to Connecticut’s workforce and economy.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies and Cross Curricular Initiatives. When faculty from different disciplines work together, exciting programs can emerge. One such initiative is the Central Connecticut Writing Project.  Every summer, the Department of Reading and Language Arts partners with the English Department to offer this innovative program to Connecticut’s public school teachers. As part of the National Writing Project (NWP), this federally funded model for professional development develops teachers both as writers and as writing teachers.

As you can tell, there are many exciting things taking place within the School of Education and Professional Studies.  We have innovative faculty and great students.  But with your generosity we could be doing even more to support their work.  A gift of any size to Central's annual fund will help maintain our educational quality, provide scholarships, and help to drive educational innovation.  An investment in the School of Education and Professional Studies is an investment that will make a difference in your community. 

Just click here to make your contribution to the School of Education and Professional Studies at CCSU.

With gratitude for your generosity,
Dr. Michael Alfano, Dean
School of Education and Professional Studies

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