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So you want to earn your Connecticut Teacher Certification? Let's take a look at the step by step instructions:

Traditional Approach for the Connecticut Teacher Certification

  1. Get a Bachelors or Masters Degree from an accredited institution. 
  2. Take a teacher prep course. This may be student teaching, specific prep programs, or an internship. In order to receive an Connecticut Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid
  3. You’ll need to complete the content area assessment through the Praxis I and Praxis II. Call (860) 713-6969 for more information
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application (ED 170A)
    • $100 check/money order payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Mail to:
      Connecticut State Department of Education
      Bureau of Educator Preparation and Certification
      P.O. Box 150471-Room 243
      Hartford, CT. 06115-0471
    • For more information, call (860) 713-6969
  5. Do you want to renew your teaching credentials in Connecticut?

Alternative Approach for the Connecticut Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another way you can take to get your Connecticut Teacher Certification. This approach will allow you to teach without completing the teacher education program.

One option is for you to complete a 9 week summer teaching program before you begin in the classroom. The other option is for people who are currently working and plan to begin their teaching career part time. They can attend a 24 week course with classes during nights and weekends. The following are the rest of the steps to both of the options:

  1. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s Degree.
  2. You’ll need to complete the content area assessment through the Praxis I and Praxis II or ACTFL exams.
  3. Speak to someone at the office in regards to other requirements: (860) 947-1300.
  4. You’ll receive a Temporary 90-day Certificate from the Superintendent
  5. You’ll need to apply for the Initial Educator Certificate after your 90 days is finished
  6. Other requirements:
    • 20 months of successful teaching
    • 30 hours of Continuing Education
    • Complete Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST)
  7. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application (ED 172)
    • Mail to:
      Connecticut State Department of Education
      Bureau of Educator Preparation and Certification
      P.O. Box 150471-Room 243
      Hartford, CT. 06115-0471
  8. For more information, call (860) 713-6969

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
  • A private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1905 and open to students of any faith.
  • Has an average class size of 20 students.
  • 97% of students receive financial aid, with the average freshman receiving $10,000.
  • Offers over 25 undergraduate degree programs.
  • Has approximately 5,000 students; 60% female and 40% male.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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B.S. in Child Studies
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
  • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
  • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Part of the Colorado State University System.
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