Six Post Programs for Teaching Careers
Post University is also featured in our ranking Top 10 Online Master’s in Education Degrees.
At MacDermid Hall, the John P. Burke School of Public Service & Education led by Dr. James Whitley grants a 60-credit A.S. in Early Childhood Education for Post University Eagles to earn the Connecticut CDA credential in only 18 months after eight-week courses like Children’s Literature and Creative Activities. Chaired by Dr. Patrice Farquharson, the B.S. in Child Studies builds a 120-credit, NAEYC-accredited curriculum in Waterbury or online with three field practicum placements, such as Rainbow Academy or Bucks Hill Pre-K, for teaching kids from birth to age eight. The Certificate in Learning Design & Technology plots a 15-credit, eight-month online path under Dr. Greg Nayor for post-bachelor’s students to practice teaching on eLearning platforms like Blackboard.
Since 2009, Post University has provided the Master of Education (M.Ed.) headed by Dr. Jessica Pawlik-York for 30-credit, non-licensure online tracks in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Technology, Online Teaching, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages that end with capstone projects. Directed by Dr. Jennifer Wojcik, the M.S. in Higher Education Administration follows a 33-credit, 16-month sequence with Student Affairs and Administrative Leadership options for intensive online seminars like Learning Assessment that focus on postsecondary schooling. Fully on Blackboard, the Certificate in Online Teaching is another 15-credit, eight-month program advised by Dr. Kathy Milhauser at a 20:1 student-faculty ratio for education costing only $7,040 total.
About Post University
Post University originated in 1890 when the Matoon Shorthand School was founded to teach stenography systems devised by Sir Isaac Pitman five decades earlier. In 1893, it was renamed the Bliss & Harrington Business College and Shorthand School. In 1897, industrialist Harry C. Post purchased it to create the Waterbury Business College. By 1931, its name changed again to Post College in honor of its “Founding Father.” That May, Post’s oldest living alumni Helena Distefano Summa graduated from the Jones Morgan Building on Bank Street. In 1962, Post College bought its permanent home off Interstate 84 in the “Brass City.” In 1970, Post built the 1,500-volume Max R. Traurig Library that accepted an ALA Academic Excellence Award. In 1990, Post College partnered with Teikyo University in Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward for education abroad. Six years after, Post started New England’s first accelerated online program. In 2004, the Post University name was adopted along with for-profit status.
Generating $46.37 million, Post University now employs 440 faculty teaching 8,800 Eagles from 15 countries online, on the 13-building Waterbury campus, and at the Wallingford center with 20+ clubs like the National Society of Leadership & Success for 41 percent retention. In 2013, Post received the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership’s Gold Innovation Prize. In 2016, Post won the Top Military School Award from Military Advanced Education & Transition magazine. Post University had the 2018 CACC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award recipient too. The U.S. News & World Report honored Post for the 126th best online graduate teaching degrees and 34th most veteran-friendly online education. On Niche, Post boasts America’s 369th most diversity and 448th best college dining. College Factual placed Post 168th nationally for public service programs.
Post University Accreditation Details
On September 1, 2014, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) formally notified Post University that the Level III accreditation status was satisfactorily reaffirmed through the Spring 2024 review under President John L. Hopkins, who earned the Stevie Award for Chief Executive of the Year. Located 135 miles northeast via Interstate 84 in Burlington, this splendid six-state New England Region accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Education Department to evaluate Post’s six associate, 18 bachelor’s, seven master’s, and 15 certificate offerings. Further, the John P. Burke School of Public Service & Education is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) through March 2026. Note Post University isn’t approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) though.
Post University Application Requirements
Enrolling at Post University is classified “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s because only 2,583 of the 4,078 Fall 2017 applicants were triumphant for competitive 63 percent acceptance. First-year Eagles flying toward the B.S. in Child Studies must provide proof of high school or General Equivalency Diploma completion. Cumulative GPAs of 2.0 and higher are required. The Class of 2021 presented a 2.68 GPA average. The middle 50th percentile had ACT scores of 15-23. Mid-range SAT scores were 390-500 for Reading and 390-500 for Math. The Honors Program requires 15+ college credits at GPAs above 3.25. Undergrad transfers are welcome with up to 90 semester credits graded C or greater. International students must complete the English Language Institute or submit minimum 75 TOEFL iBT scores. The Master of Education seeks four-year baccalaureate graduates with upper-division GPAs over 3.0. Verification of at least 12 months of work experience is necessary. Taking the GRE or MAT exam is wholly optional.
Post University has rolling admission and doesn’t publish deadlines. The Office of Admissions only suggests leaving three weeks before programs start for processing. Note the required $100 tuition deposit is only refundable until May 1st though. March 1st is the priority date for financial aid consideration. Accordingly, complete the On-Campus or Online & Evening Application online with $40 by credit card or e-check. Forward official transcripts to 800 Country Club Road PO Box 2540 in Waterbury, CT 06723. Submit standardized test results via SAT/TOEFL code 3698 or ACT code 0580. Attach supplemental materials, such as the two recommendations, dean permission letter, personal statement, and resume or CV. Contact (800) 345-2562 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Tuition and Financial Aid
For 2018-19, Post University charged traditional full-time undergrads $28,250 annually. Part-time study incurred $945 per credit. Associate or bachelor’s tuition came with a $1,100 service fee and $200 technology fee each year. Living at the Waterbury campus’ dorms like Okinaga Hall added $10,600 to $12,400 for room and board. Sixty-meal commuter plans for Leever Center were $350. Post budgeted $1,200 for books and $4,250 for miscellaneous. Traditional annual undergrad attendance equaled $33,560 on-site and $22,060 at home. Online B.S. in Child Studies and A.S. in Early Childhood Education students spent $505 per credit. The Master of Education and M.S. in Higher Education Administration billed $570 per credit. Note online pupils still owed the $90 electronic course materials fee and $50 technology fee per term.
According to the NCES College Navigator, the Office of Student Finance in Walter Torrance Hall links 100 percent of new Post Eagles to tuition assistance averaging $6,014 each for $31.26 million combined. University funds include the Max Traurig Scholarship, Edwin Angevine Scholarship, Damon Palladino Scholarship, Christopher Lowe Scholarship, Charles Zwicker Scholarship, Raymond LaMoy Scholarship, Phyllis DeLeo & Jay Alix Scholarship, Maureen Gouldin Scholarship, Post Housing Scholarship, and Edward & Rose Traurig Scholarship. The Academic Merit Scholarship gifts $18,000 annually to outstanding freshmen with minimum 3.5 GPAs. The $10,000 Trustee Scholarship would help John P. Burke School transfers holding GPAs of 2.5-2.99. FAFSA applications coded 001401 determine federal aid, including Pell Grant and Teach Grant, eligibility. Connecticut residents also access the Capital Scholarship, Minority Teacher Incentive Grant, Weisman Teacher Scholarship, Independent College Grant, and more.
Find out more about Post University at the John P. Burke School of Public Service & Education website.