School Apprenticeship Program


The School Apprenticeship Program at CCSU is offered through the Elementary Education Program of the Department of Teacher Education in partnership with the Department of Reading and Language Arts, and the Department of Special Education.

Teacher Candidates will have the unique opportunity to take half their courses at elementary schools and in diverse community settings. Authenitic learning and interdisciplinary, hands-on problem-solving projects are integrated within course assignments. This learner-centered approach provides teacher candidates with cutting-edge experiences working alongside CCSU professors, teachers, community members, and elementary school students.

The program is authentic and undergirded by research demonstrating that teachers are best prepared when their education is experiential, hands-on, and immersed in addressing school & community goals. Teacher candidates will work on school and community-based issues and explore various themes such as environmental and social justice topics with children, professors, artists, scientists, teacher teams and community members in an apprenticeship model. By the time the Teacher Candidate reaches the Student Teaching experience, she or he will have completed about 200 hours of work in schools.

Teacher candidates will be immersed in schools, experiencing the day-to-day expectations, community goals, challenges and problems that teachers encounter in city and suburban classrooms.

The professors in the School Apprenticeship Program follow some guiding principles:

  • Teacher Candidates will have a strong pedagogical foundation and strategic methodologies in meeting the needs of all learners.
  • The focus will be on culturally responsive teaching embracing diversity within the school and community.
  • Teacher Candidates will identify and implement authentic strategies for English language learners and exceptional learners.
  • Teacher candidates will explore the parent, family, community connections in order to nurture and support all learners.
  • The graduates of the program will have experienced many facets of teaching that go beyond classrooms: forging relationships with parents and community members, interdisciplinary collaboration with other teachers, leadership roles within the school, dealing with crises, and nurturing, motivating and mentoring children as civic agents within their community.

For More Information, contact the Department of Teacher Education at (860) 832-2421



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