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.
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.
Required Tests for Connecticut
Connecticut requires 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. Some specializations require the Pearson Foundations of Reading Test, the Pearson Reading Specialist Test or the Pearson Early Childhood Test.
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.coms’ Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams.
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 above. 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.
Learn more about getting your teaching credential on Teach.com.