Pathways to Teaching & Youth Work

Trinity students interested in teaching and youth work are encouraged to explore different pathways that match their current experience and personal goals. As a first step, the Educational Studies faculty strongly recommend that you enroll in our introductory Educ 200: Analyzing Schools course, which integrates coursework with a three-hour-per-week participant-observation placement in a nearby Hartford public school classroom.

Make an appointment with Professor Jack Dougherty, Director of Educational Studies, and/or Emily Merritt in Career Development, to discuss which of these pathways might be a good match for you:

  1. Mentoring and tutoring opportunities with Hartford youth, sponsored by Trinity’s Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement.
  2. Public school teacher licensure via the University of Saint Joseph consortial program, while earning your Trinity undergraduate degree.
  3. Public school teaching opportunities and/or licensure via alternate route or graduate school programs, after receiving your Trinity undergraduate degree.
  4. Private school or international school teaching positions, which do not require state-approved certification.

Educational Studies also hosts events for recent alumni to share advice about their different pathways with current Trinity students:

Ed Studies alumni with Professor Jack Dougherty, March 2019