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August 8, 2023

Univ. of St. Joseph adds new programs to combat teacher shortage

HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.

The University of St. Joseph is adding three new education programs to its curriculum to help address the state’s ongoing teacher shortage.

The Connecticut Education Association’s website as of Tuesday morning had just under 700 teacher job postings listed on its website.

The new programs at the West Hartford-based university will start with the upcoming fall semester. They are designed to both attract students to the teaching profession and provide professional development options for current teachers.

Ashley Oldham, chair and associate professor for the university’s Department of Education, said, “As the need for support and continuous professional development increases in the face of serious teacher shortages in Connecticut, programs to sustain and energize educators already in the classroom have become a priority.”

The university will now offer the following programs: 

  • Bachelor of science in elementary education 
  • Graduate certificate in dyslexia and reading disabilities 
  • Graduate concentration - master of arts in education with a concentration in personalized professional pathways 

The curriculum changes were made with input from faculty, state Department of Education advisory groups, students and alumni, according to the university.

Back in May, the Connecticut Education Association indicated that the state’s teacher shortage has created larger class sizes, along with more duties for and demands on teachers. The association called for measures to help address the crisis, such as higher starting salaries, hero pay, uninterrupted prep time and tax credits.

Also in May, state officials announced a $3 million initiative aimed at hiring and training new teachers

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