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Quinnipiac University

Program in Secondary Education

Hamden, CT


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Quinnipiac University's School of Education Offers Nationally Ranked Master of Arts in Teaching Degrees

A top ranked university with national credentials, Quinnipiac University's School of Education in Hamden, Connecticut, offers a fully accredited Master of Arts in Teaching graduate program with three specialized tracks: elementary education, secondary education, and educational leadership. QU is an independent, comprehensive university located eight miles north of New Haven, 90 minutes from New York City, and two hours from Boston. Known for having one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, Quinnipiac is nestled in the shadow of rugged Sleeping Giant Mountain and is surrounded by Connecticut's picturesque, forested hills. Founded in 1929, the New England school has earned a national reputation for its high-caliber undergraduate and graduate programs in such areas as journalism, business, teaching, law, and the health professions.

Early Internships Give QU Teaching Students Practical Experience

The robust Master of Arts in Teaching courses prepare students with the perspectives, knowledge, skills, and student teaching experiences to become exemplary teachers. Thanks to Quinnipiac's collaborative partnerships with school districts throughout Connecticut, graduate students participate in invaluable internships during the first two semesters of the program, with the option of a second internship during the final two semesters. As interns, students serve in a variety of capacities and as substitute teachers. They participate in staff meetings and all school operations. During the internship semesters, graduate students continue their formal studies back on campus in the late afternoons and early evenings. In addition to the invaluable hands-on experience of internships, students enjoy a substantial reduction on tuition costs during those semesters. During the final months of the master's program, all teacher candidates begin a 10-week student teaching placement during which they demonstrate the skills, understanding, and dispositions needed to assume full responsibilities as a classroom teacher.

Connecticut Certification Gives Teachers Mobility to Teach in Many States

The state of Connecticut participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Compact; each state in the compact agrees to accept the planned program of study for graduates of an accredited teacher preparation program in any of the participating states in the compact. As a result, graduates with Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) or Secondary Education (7-12) from Quinnipiac University have the ability to easily teach in a variety of states.

QU Offers a Five-Semester Elementary Education Master's Program

The 57-credit Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) curriculum leads to elementary education certification for teaching students in grades K-6. Graduates of the program will be able to integrate knowledge of content, knowledge of the learner, and knowledge of pedagogy in order to promote student learning. The M.A.T. in Elementary Education's graduate curricula includes such courses as: Learning and Teaching in the Elementary Classroom; Cultivation, Design, and Management of an Elementary Classroom; Philosophy of Education; Issues and Research in Education; and Facilitating the Arts in the Classroom. Individual courses focus on teaching specific K-6 courses in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Five-Semester MAT Degree in Secondary Education Available at Quinnipiac

QU's Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education curriculum is an intensive 52- to 56-credit program that begins in the fall semester and includes core courses for teacher certification eligibility, advanced content courses which satisfy master's degree requirements, and the internship experience. Students who qualify for the M.A.T. in Secondary Education graduate program must have a B.A. degree with a major, or a minimum of 30 credits, in biology or biomedical sciences, English, history, mathematics, science, or one of the social sciences. Secondary education courses include Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum, Adolescent Development, Diversity in the Classroom, Special Education, and Health Education. Individual courses focus on teaching specific grade 7-12 courses in biology, English, history/social studies, mathematics, and languages.

Educational Leadership Master's Degree Program Helps Teachers Pursue School Administration Roles

Quinnipiac University's 30-credit Master of Arts in Teaching in Educational Leadership is designed for certified, working teachers who have a master's degree and a minimum of four years of full-time PK-12 educational experience and are interested in pursuing school leadership and school administration roles such as department chair, assistant principal, principal, curriculum coordinator, and central office administrator. Recognizing the busy schedules of working teachers, educational leadership classes are held late afternoons and early evenings and also incorporate online lessons. Students are required to take six courses, participate in a professional internship, and pass the Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT). After passing the CAT, and completing the first 21 credits of the program, students are eligible for the Connecticut Department of Education's Intermediate Administration or Supervision certificate. After completing the final three courses in the educational leadership curriculum, students receive the M.A.T. in Educational Leadership.

Quinnipiac University Financial Aid Sources

The staff of QU's Office of Graduate Financial Aid helps students understand the various educational loan options so that students can ultimately make the best personal decision for financing their graduate studies.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) English
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Spanish
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Biology
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) History
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Mathematics

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 34

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline May 1st Not reported Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam PRAXIS I or PRAXIS Core Academic Skills Exam
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0, interview

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 11.11%
Black or African American 3.7%
White or Caucasian 81%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3.7%
Unknown 0%


Male (25%)
Female (74%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 8
Part-time - 27
Male (11)
Female (24)


Focus of faculty research: Multicultural and urban education/leadership, challenges of teaching diverse learners, scholarship of teaching and learning, technology and teaching, humor and education
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States
Contact Mordechai Gordon
Program Director
Phone: 203-582-8442

Quinnipiac University