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Department of Education

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Despite the university closure, faculty remain committed to our students and are available to meet in a variety of ways, including via email, phone, and virtual meeting. Please visit our Faculty/Office Hours page or email individual faculty.

The Education Department prepares professional educators with evidence-based teaching skills to support student learners in a global community; advocates for best practices in diverse educational environments; and prepares graduates to teach in early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education settings. Candidates in undergraduate and graduate certification programs gain skills in:

  • Pedagogy
  • Academic content areas
  • Educational technology
  • Knowledge integration
  • Creating learning environments to support student diversity
  • Professionalism and alignment with institutional, state and national standards
Dr. Sudha Swaminathan
Webb Hall, Rm.129
CECE, Rm. 218
(860) 465-4535
(860) 465-5099
Associate Chair:
Dr. Mark Fabrizi
Webb Hall, Rm. 154
(860) 465-0659
(860) 465-5099
Ms. Eva Wolf
Webb Hall, Rm. 124
(860) 465-4530
(860) 465-5099
Coordinator for Educational and Clinical Experience:
Ms. Mary-Grace Shifrin
Webb Hall, Rm. 144
(860) 465-0111
(860) 465-5099
System Administrator:
Ryan Anderson
Webb Hall, Rm. 124
(860) 465-4534
(860) 465-5099
student presenting a child's book in front of a class of peers
professor in front of a classroom of college students explaining how to integrate picture books into a lesson
professor seated on the back of a chair speaking with the class
student teacher seated on the floor with preschool children engaged in circle time reading
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Eastern’s teacher preparation program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  

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Programs of Study

  • Eastern graduates the most Early Childhood majors in Connecticut. The program has produced six national Telly Award-winning videos and sponsors the annual TIMPANI Toy Study, which has gained international attention. Early Childhood students become communities of learners as they prepare to become future teachers. Faculty members and teacher candidates are active participants in the Child and Family Development Resource Center and its model educational technology facilities, and as partners in regional schools throughout eastern Connecticut. Graduates can earn their advanced master’s degree in Education at Eastern with one additional year of study.

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  • Recognized by Colleges of Distinction and ranked number one in New England by the National Council on Teacher Quality, The Elementary Education major at Eastern prepares entry-level professionals to teach in elementary school classrooms. Teacher candidates gain competence in pedagogy; academic content areas; educational technology; and knowledge integration, while demonstrating how to create learning environments to support student diversity. Eastern’s program includes liberal art core electives, a dual major in a subject area, and hands-on student teaching experiences. Graduates can earn their advanced master’s degree in Education at Eastern with one additional year of study.

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  • The Liberal Studies major at Eastern is offered exclusively to students who are preparing to become elementary or early childhood educators. Students may complete the undergraduate education program or enroll in the Early Start master’s degree program to earn their certification. The program offers concentrations in the Natural Sciences, History/Social Sciences, English, Mathematics and Earth Science to prepare students for certification as early childhood or elementary teachers and develop in-depth expertise in a single subject.

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