How to Become a Teacher in Connecticut

Connecticut is a state with a diverse population of 563,796 students, taught by 36,964 teachers. The state has an excellent track record for filling open positions with a Connecticut certified teacher by the beginning of the school year, but recent data shows that a dearth of applicants with the appropriate credentials has affected hiring professionals for all open positions. With many of Connecticut’s accredited college and university teacher education programs, there are many avenues to becoming a teacher in Connecticut.

Education Requirements

Candidates looking to enter the state’s workforce with a Connecticut teaching license should read the Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification program, which lays out the path to enter a Connecticut teaching license program. All candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. They will have to successfully demonstrate proficiency in the subject they wish to teach by passing the Praxis I and II tests before they can enter a certification program.

Connecticut’s approved educator preparation programs are available at colleges, universities, and other institutions. No matter where someone obtains their teaching experience in a program, the same standards apply. Even the alternative programs (i.e. Teach for America) or online teaching schools in Connecticut have these same requirements.

Connecticut Teaching Certification

Connecticut has three different levels of certification for teaching within the state: the Initial Educator Certificate, Provisional Educator Certificate, and Professional Educator Certificate.

Required Tests

Candidates for teacher certification in Connecticut must pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests and the Praxis II Subject-Knowledge Tests if the subject-knowledge tests are applicable to the endorsement requested. Candidates applying for eligibility based on teaching experience must successfully complete all general academic and professional education required coursework for the endorsement areas sought.

Candidates seeking an endorsement in elementary education (grades 1-3) or integrated early childhood/special education pre-K through Kindergarten must pass the Connecticut Foundations of Reading Test.

More information on testing is available at the Connecticut State Department of Education’s “How to Become a Certified Teacher in Connecticut” Web Site.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state candidates applying for teaching certification in Connecticut must have completed a state-approved educator preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university from another U.S. state or have a minimum of 30 months of full-time experience under the other state’s valid educator certificate.

Helpful Resources

Albertus Magnus College

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700 Prospect St
New Haven, CT 06511-1189
(203) 773-8550

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Central Connecticut State University

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1615 Stanley St
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-3200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Connecticut College

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270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196
(860) 447-1911

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

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83 Windham St
Willimantic, CT 06226
(860) 465-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Fairfield University

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1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
(203) 254-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Naugatuck Valley Community College

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750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708-3089
(203) 575-8040

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Quinnipiac University

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Mt Carmel Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 582-8200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Sacred Heart University

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5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
(203) 371-7999

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Southern Connecticut State University

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501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1355
(203) 392-5200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Bridgeport

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126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604-5620
(203) 576-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Connecticut

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352 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Hartford

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200 Bloomfield Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599
(860) 768-4100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Western Connecticut State University

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181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810-6826
(203) 837-8200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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