Partnerships and Centers
The Center for Early Childhood Education is a multidisciplinary research and training institute at Eastern Connecticut State University. Housed in a high-tech facility connected to a model early care and education program, the Center works to enhance the quality of early care and education.
The AACTE Holmes Master’s Program supports graduate level students from historically underrepresented groups interested in a career in teaching or school administration. Eastern’s Holmes Masters Program is the first one offered in the region.
Eastern Connecticut State University has partnered with both the Coventry Public Schools and the Windham Public Schools for the development of an internship program. This program is designed to reshape graduate teacher education by ensuring long-term, high quality clinical experiences for those professionals seeking to become classroom teachers. Each intern will work in an assigned classroom for a complete academic year, while completing university coursework.
Both university and school district partners will collaborate on supervision and curriculum to ensure that theory and practice are integrated. Graduate students will also participate in school wide initiatives and demonstrate positive impact on student learning and the school community as a program outcome.
SEPS has begun networking in a consortium manner to develop and offer opportunities for dual enrollment and minority teacher recruitment. Three participating school districts, Bolton, Coventry, and Windham, seek to expand college and career access in the areas of science, technology, and mathematics (STEM). This program will prepare highly motivated junior and senior level high school students for college and career readiness.
Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC)
Eastern Connecticut State University is partnering with regional community colleges, such as Norwalk Community College, for an innovative program design aimed to provide ease of accessibility and affordability for graduates of associate’s degree programs in early childhood education who wish to earn a four-year degree and become head teachers in preschool programs in the state of Connecticut. This partnership is for the Early Childhood Teacher Credential.
Eastern Connecticut State University has partnered with Spelman College to collaborative enhance curricular-based programing. The initiative focuses on cultural competence and leadership development among Early Childhood Education candidates at both institutions.