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Connecticut Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Connecticut, you must complete the follow steps:

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

  • Teaching in Connecticut requires a bachelor’s degree for initial licensure and, eventually, a master’s degree to maintain a professional certificate.
  • Teachers can meet undergraduate course requirements through a standalone bachelor’s degree or a state-approved educator preparation program.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Teachers in Connecticut need at least 10 weeks of full-time student teaching experience to qualify for initial certification.
  • State-approved educator preparation programs require students to complete at least six and no more than 12 semester credits of field experience.

Pass Required Exams

  • Teachers must pass assessment tests in their desired teaching subject and grade level to earn certification.
  • Tests are administered by Praxis, Pearson, and ACTFL depending on the subject area.

Apply for Certification

  • First-time certification candidates must submit a hard-copy application. However, they can create a Connecticut Educator Certification System account to check their application’s status.
  • CSDE typically processes applications in 8-12 weeks.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Connecticut?

Educators who meet all basic certification requirements receive an initial teaching certificate. Initial certification is valid for three years and renewable up to five times. To move up to the next level of provisional certification, teachers must complete a teacher induction program.

Best Education Schools in Connecticut

  • Yale University
  • Fairfield University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • University of Connecticut (Neag)
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • University of Hartford
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • University of Bridgeport
  • Western Connecticut State University

Connecticut Teacher Salary Information

The average Public School Teacher salary in Connecticut is $62,440 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $52,136 and $76,162.

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