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6th Year Classroom Specialist Certificate

The Classroom Teacher Specialist program is designed to enrich and expand the role of the career teacher. By emphasizing professional growth and self-improvement, this program gives each individual ample opportunity to investigate current learning theories, and to apply theory to practice. It allows students to explore the development of curriculum and to pursue advanced professional interests. The program allows for students to pursue a general interest area or a specific interest area of study. For example a specialization in digital teaching and learning is available. The program may also be designed for students who are seeking cross endorsement.

The Sixth Year Professional Program for Classroom Teacher Specialists enriches and expands the role of the career teacher. Students in this program will be able to investigate current learning theories, explore the development of curriculum, and implement theory as practice, as well as pursue personal and professional interests. The program emphasizes professional growth and self-improvement through guided instruction and self-directed analysis.

Students successfully completing the program are awarded the Sixth Year Professional Diploma of Advanced Study.

To be admitted to the program, students must have a master’s degree and must satisfy admissions requirements for a sixth year program.

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in their Master's Degree studies
  • Complete an essay
  • Submit two letters of reccomendation
  • Have a personal interview

48.5 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required

  • EDU 611 – Curriculum: Development and Implementation of Theories in the Classroom - 3 credits
  • EDU 612 – The Teaching-Learning Process: A Teacher’s Perspective - 3 credits
  • EDU 613 – Diverse Classroom Models: Principles and Practices Research Component - 3 credits (offered in spring semester)
  • EDU 618 – Field Study – Applied Research - 3 credits (offered in fall semester)
  • EDU 619 – Seminar – Current Issues Affecting Classroom Teachers - 3 credits

In consultation with Advisor, select 15 credits in area of specialization and background. These courses may be any graduate level course in any subject. You will design a series of courses around an interest to drive your classroom practice.


Dr. Christine Vallani, 6th Year Coordinator
Davis Hall 209C, Department of Elementary Education
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515
Telephone: (203) 392-5343
Fax: (203) 392-5343