Become a Teacher in Connecticut

Connecticut Highlights

Avg. Elementary School Teacher Salary:$75,700
Avg. Secondary School Teacher Salary:$75,190
Vacation Weeks per Year:15
Pupil/Teacher Ratio:13.6
Expenditure per Pupil:$17,745

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.


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Connecticut Teacher Shortage Areas

The United States Department of Education defines a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) as a subject matter or grade level within a state in which there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary teachers. The shortage may be caused by teaching positions that are unfilled or are filled by teachers who have temporary certification or teach in in an academic subject other than their area of preparation.  

According to a report by the USDE Office of Postsecondary Education, Connecticut has the following Teacher Shortage Areas:

  • Comprehensive Special Education
  • Bilingual Education
  • Mathematics
  • Speech & Language Pathology
  • World Languages
  • Intermediate Administrator
  • Library Media
  • Science
  • Technology Education
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Connecticut

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To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Connecticut, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Connecticut teaching credential application.

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Earn Your Connecticut Teaching Credential

To become certified as a teacher in Connecticut, you will need to complete the appropriate number of college credit hours, a teacher preparation course, and the standardized tests specified below. If you have a teaching credential from another state, you may be able to use an interstate reciprocity program to become certified in Connecticut. Visit the Connecticut Department of Education Bureau of Certification page to learn more about getting your Teaching Credential in Connecticut.

Connecticut has three levels of certification: the Initial Educator Certificate (3 years), the Provisional Educator Certificate (valid for 8 years), issued after at least  10 months of “appropriate successful teaching experience” in a Connecticut public school or 30 months of equivalent experience elsewhere,  and the Professional Educator Certificate (renewable every 5 years), issued after at least 30 months of successful teaching in a Connecticut public school and completion of additional course requirements.

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Step One: Prerequisite Coursework in Connecticut

All states require that certified teachers have at least a Bachelor’s degree. In addition, Connecticut candidates must successfully complete a state-approved educator program of general academic and professional education at a regionally accredited college or university.

Step Two: Connecticut Teacher Certification Programs

Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs can be found on the Connecticut Department of Education website.

Step Three: Required Tests for Connecticut

Connecticut requires the Praxis I Core academic skills tests in reading, writing and mathematics and the Praxis II Subject Test for your subject area to show subject area competence. Foreign Language teachers are required to complete the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Assessments.

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You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.

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Featured Online Programs

Explore your career options in education:

The 8-week Teaching and Learning Strategies for Higher Education online short course is delivered by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX. Students in this course will engage deeply with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context, while refining their own practices, portfolio, and teaching philosophy.

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons is the highly respected Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program delivered online from Simmons College. The program prepares students for leadership roles in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

Counseling@NYU offers an online master of arts in Counseling and Guidance program, with concentrations in school and bilingual school counseling to prepare students to become collaborative leaders elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. Part-time and full-time options are available to fit student schedules.

Vanderbilt University's Peabody College offers an online Master of Education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling for students interested in becoming school counselors and making a meaningful difference in K–12 settings.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) is for aspiring teachers who want to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become great educators.

The online Master of Science in Teaching program prepares aspiring teachers (grades 1-6) for initial teaching certification or dual certification in teaching and special education.

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Alternative Teacher Certification in Connecticut

Connecticut offers the Alternate Route to Teacher Certification, a program created in 1988 to encourage career professionals to join the teaching workforce. The program requires a Bachelor’s degree with a major in the desired subject. The program can be taken either full-time in the summer, or on weekends between October and May.

The Troops to Teachers program provides an alternative route for veterans who would like to transition to a teaching career.

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Benefits of a Master’s Degree in Connecticut

It is no longer enough to just have years of experience in teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A master's degree in the field of education can give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master’s program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay.

Teachers with a Master’s degree typically receive a higher salary than their counterparts without one. According to the CONNCAN Teacher Database, on the average, a teacher with a Master’s degree makes $4,000 more than one with only a Bachelor’s degree.

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Certification Reciprocity in Connecticut

Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. Connecticut, however, does not have reciprocity with any other state. Connecticut does participate in the  National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement (NIA). Under this agreement, it can waive specific coursework requirements and accept completion of a state-approved educator preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university from another state, or a minimum of 30 months of successful full-time experience under the other state’s valid educator certificate (at least equivalent to a Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate).

More information about this arrangement can be found on the Connecticut Department of Education website. For more specific questions about your situation, contact the Connecticut Department of Education.

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Financial Aid in Connecticut

Connecticut residents are eligible for the  Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship, as well as the TEACH Grant, which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.

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Connecticut Teacher Salary and Incentives

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average teacher in Connecticut makes $69,397 per year. Connecticut is one of the highest paying states to teach in, although it does not provide any additional pay for teaching in high-demand districts or school subject.

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Connecticut Teacher Benefits and Retirement

Connecticut maintains a program called Teachers Retirement Board (TRB), which administers the state retirement program and aims to provide teachers with the best pension benefits. Connecticut teachers can retire at age 60 after 20 years of service, or at any age after 35 years of service (25 of which must have been in Connecticut). Early retirement is possible at 55 after 20 years of service, or at any age after 25 years of service (20 of which must have been in Connecticut).

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Professional Development for Teachers in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Education is strongly committed to professional learning. Specific professional development goals are set at the district level, although a minimum of 18 hours annually is required. More information can be found on the Connecticut Department of Education’s Professional Development page.

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Connecticut Teaching Jobs

Connecticut participates in the REAP (Regional Education Applicant Placement) service, a national educator recruitment program. To start looking for teaching jobs in Connecticut, visit CTREAP.

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