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Quinnipiac University

School of Education

Hamden, CT


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Quinnipiac University School of Education Graduate Programs

Quinnipiac University’s School of Education works to empower the next generation of educators with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be the best of those change-makers, both inside and outside the classroom. All programs in the School of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE), and by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Graduates from the School of Education enjoy strong placement rates, with 92% of our MAT students employed in full-time teaching positions within four months of graduation — faster than the national average. This is because faculty-student relationships and extensive practical experiences better prepare them to meet the challenges and needs of public schools. Quinnipiac has collaborative partnerships with 17 area school districts.

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching – Elementary

Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching – Secondary

MS in Teacher Leadership (online)

MS in Instructional Design (online)

MS in Special Education (online)

Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership


All of our full-time faculty have advanced degrees and decades of teaching experience. Under the guidance of forward-thinking educators, you’ll investigate and apply new knowledge to educational challenges in real-world settings, improving classroom learning outcomes that ultimately transform lives.

Facilities and Partnerships

The School of Education is located on our scenic and interprofessional North Haven Campus, alongside the Schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Students learn in technologically advanced classrooms that reflect 21st century teacher preparation. Quinnipiac’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning offers workshops in curriculum development and career preparation for students interested in teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Resources extend well beyond the university’s physical location into public schools in surrounding cities and towns across the state. Students form close relationships with veteran teachers and administrators who become part of a long-term and growing professional network, providing high-quality teaching experiences and opportunities to learn in real-time school environments.

Student success

Quinnipiac School of Education graduates earn exceptionally high scores on licensure examinations required for certification both within and outside the state of Connecticut, including the Praxis II tests for special educators, and elementary and secondary teacher candidates, as well as the Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT), which will be transitioning to the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (ELAS) test taken by the candidates in the Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership program. To help you secure a first job in education, Quinnipiac offers a range of career transition services including resume-writing workshops, mock interviews and assistance completing certification paperwork.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Elementary Education

For students with a bachelor’s degree (in any field) and the goal to become an elementary education teacher, Quinnipiac offers an intensive, cost-effective program that enables students to earn the master's degree in teaching and certification in only five semesters, including all coursework, student teaching, and internships. The internship component of the program provides a significant tuition reduction, a huge plus for students. Quinnipiac has collaborative partnerships with 17 area school districts where MAT candidates learn best practices in teaching while serving as an important part of that school’s educational team. 

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Secondary Education

For students interested in becoming secondary education teachers, Quinnipiac offers an intensive program that allows candidates to earn the master’s degree in teaching along with teaching certification in five semesters. Students enter in the fall as a full-time graduate student and spend the first two semesters interning in a school while attending evening seminars on campus. To become a secondary educator, students take three graduate content courses to promote a deeper understanding of their area of expertise, as well as multiple courses in teaching and learning, classroom management and adolescent development. Subject specialties include Biology, English, History, Mathematics, and Spanish.

Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership

This five-semester program allows students to earn an advanced diploma and the leadership expertise they need to succeed in such roles as department chair, assistant principal, principal, curriculum coordinator and central office administrator (below the rank of superintendent). 

Students in the program benefit from an accelerated hybrid approach organized to accommodate their busy schedules. The program prepares individuals for the multifaceted role of school administrator by focusing each semester on one of three key themes: leading and managing a school, developing instructional programs, and leading efforts for school improvement with a strong focus on culture and climate. Designed for educators seeking Connecticut Intermediate Administration or Supervision (092) Certification. Our fully accredited program is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. 

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 116
Other Advanced Degrees 32


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
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Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards June 1
Types of financial support available Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 4.73%
Black or African American 4.39%
White or Caucasian 82%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1.01%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3.72%
Unknown 2.7%


Male (12%)
Female (87%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 15
Part-time - 44
Male (17)
Female (42)


Focus of faculty research: Equity and excellence in education, school leadership
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States

Phone: 203-582-8200
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