GSEAP offers 5-year plan

Fairfield undergraduates now have the option of a new five-year integrated B.A./M.A. teacher certification program in secondary, elementary, and TESOL education. Secondary education tracks include English, science, math, social studies, and world language education. The University has launched the new program along with a revamped minor in education studies that is open to all students.

The five-year program replaces Fairfield’s traditional undergraduate teacher education preparation and operates in tandem with the University’s highly regarded master’s certification programs in secondary, elementary, and TESOL education.

Many of the best and most effective teacher education programs in the country are five-year programs. At Fairfield, candidates will begin their program requirements as undergraduates and complete them as graduate students.

This change will allow many more students from all majors to pursue their professional education at Fairfield without sacrificing participation in athletics, the arts, study abroad, and other student activities. An additional benefit for students is that the expense of earning a graduate degree, required to maintain one’s teaching certification, is significantly reduced in this innovative configuration.