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Making A Difference

CCSU has been providing Connecticut with teaching professionals for over 150 years. We have been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) longer than any institution in the state.  And our graduates are among the most highly regarded in New England: recently, some 50 CCSU-prepared educators were honored with local, state, and national awards as teachers, principals, or superintendents of the year. 

"CCSU gave me all the tools I needed for a successful career in the NFL. I owe so much of my success in all aspects of my life to CCSU!"

Mike Ryan '85, Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist NFL Jacksonville Jaguars

The School of Education will prepare you to teach in today’s increasingly complex classrooms. Our network of Professional Development Schools—which connect our students with area schools—ensures that our students receive carefully directed, hands-on teaching experiences. And they become teachers confident of their success.

Professional Studies

Want to become a professional trainer in the NFL or WNBA? Run your own fitness center or lead a corporate one? CCSU offers non-certification (BS) programs in two of the hottest professional fields: athletic training and exercise science 
& health promotion
. Our graduates are highly successful as trainers in a wide range of settings—from high school to 
the NFL!

We also offer the most innovative approach to nursing, through either an RN/BSN program for Registered Nurses wishing to pursue a baccalaureate, or a 4-year, standard BSN program.

"We are working in the schools with our students, watching them teach, supervising them. Student teachers get instant feedback about what went right and what needs work."

Associate Professor of Teacher Education Barbara Clark

TEACHING EXCELLENCE — Award-Winning CCSU Educators
Michael Foran

Michael Foran, '86, MS '90, 6th Year Certificate '92; principal New Britain High School; 2012 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal. In the five years that he has been principal of New Britain High School, Foran has instituted a health sciences academy, reduced the drop-out rate, raised student test scores, added Advanced Placement classes, and much more.

His Central Experience

"Central was a comfortable place for me. My teachers had tremendous experience and that was helpful."

Jessica (Maringola) Bruenn

Jessica (Maringola) Bruenn '99, fifth-grade teacher, Strong Elementary School; 2011-12 Southington Teacher of the Year Bruenn is an advocate for her students — preparing them not only academically but also for other challenges in their lives.

Her Central Experience

"My teachers were so motivated. They made me want my lessons to be smooth and well-prepared."

John E. Girard, Jr.

John E. Girard, Jr. '98, MS '06, science teacher, Plainville High School; Plainville 2010-11 Teacher of the Year "Teaching is my passion. I love coming to school. I come in early and I stay late." The reward is to watch his students, many of whom are considering careers in science or medicine, prepare for their futures.

His Central Experience

"The biology department at Central was fantastic. We were learning about cutting-edge DNA fingerprinting 12 years ago. Those biology labs prepared me to teach my own students."


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