Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG)


Waterbury Teacher Certification Program for College GraduatesA Tradition of Excellence in Teacher Education

The Teacher Certification program for College Graduates is a rigorous cohort program that has been preparing secondary teachers since 2008 at the Waterbury Campus. Committed to urban education, TCPCG Waterbury works with the region’s diverse schools as well as districts throughout the state. Our graduates have found middle school and high school teaching positions in districts throughout Connecticut and New England as well as throughout the nation and abroad. With a bachelor’s degree related to core secondary academic disciplines, students can earn an MA in Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Psychology (Special Education) and be qualified to teach in a variety of certification areas:

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An Accelerated Model

The eleven month program begins every summer when students take foundational coursework. Classes in learning theories, general and subject specific teaching methods, and educational technology are accentuated by the first clinical experience, where students observe classrooms and work with high school students in their respective disciplines.

In the fall TCPCG students engage in their semester long student teaching experience. Working closely with their cooperating teacher, university supervisor, and seminar leader, student teachers eventually assume the roles and responsibilities of their cooperating teacher.

In the spring TCPCG students take advanced graduate coursework. As a cohort they complete an internship in a Waterbury school and engage in an inquiry project concerning aspects of teaching and learning.

The Waterbury Campus

The University of Connecticut’s Waterbury campus serves more than 1,000 students annually. In its sixty years of operation, UConn Waterbury has opened the doors to educational access and excellence to thousands of Connecticut residents, many of whom have distinguished themselves in the fields of community service, business, education, law and politics. Today, the campus is located in a modern, state-of-the art facility in the heart of downtown Waterbury.


Ann Marie Shanahan
Phone: (203) 236-9926
Email: ann_marie.shanahan@uconn.edu