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How to Become a Teacher in Connecticut: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person who wants to become a teacher in the state of Connecticut might take to become certified to teach in the state. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For information regarding teaching salaries in Connecticut, see here.

Traditional Approach for the Connecticut Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree (or master's 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. 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

There are other ways to earn your Connecticut Teacher Certification, even without completing the teacher education program. One option is for you to complete a nine-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. Earn your bachelor's degree (or master's degree) from an accredited institution.
  2. 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. Obtain a temporary 90-day certificate from the superintendent.
  5. Apply for the Initial Educator Certificate after your 90 days are 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

Sources:

  1. Connecticut State Department of Education, http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/site/default.asp

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