How To Become a Teacher in Connecticut
Becoming a teacher in Connecticut requires time and research to determine the necessary requirements and education necessary to teach in the area and grade level of your choice. The information below is meant to guide you through the process of how to become a teacher in Connecticut. Since each state has its own unique laws about teacher licensure, it is best to determine exactly where you wish to teach before fulfilling any requirements. However, if you complete your education in another state, you may still be eligible to become a teacher based on reciprocity. However, reciprocity agreements also vary from state to state, so make sure you research carefully. When you're ready, start by taking a look at the areas of certification, as well as the requirements for each area, necessary assessments, and fingerprint clearance required to teach in a public school in Connecticut.
Connecticut Teacher Certification Roadmap
- Areas of Teacher Certification
- Connecticut Teaching Certificate Requirements
- Education Requirements
- Fingerprint Clearance
- Connecticut Alternative Teacher Certification
- Become a Substitute Teacher in Connecticut
- Teacher Jobs In Connecticut
- Connecticut Teacher Salaries
Areas of Teacher Certification
Connecticut offers the following teacher licenses:
- Initial Educator Certificate
- Provisional Educator Certificate
- Professional Educator Certificate
- Interim Educator Certificate
Areas of teaching endorsement include:
- Business Education, 7-12
- Elementary, K - 6
- English, 7-12
- French, 7-12
- German, 7-12
- Italian, 7-12
- Latin, 7-12
- Russian, 7-12
- Spanish, 7-12
- World Language Instruction Elem. Level, Pre-K - 8
- Other World Language, 7-12
- Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages , PK - 12
- History & Social Studies, 7-12
- Cooperative Work Education / Diversified Occupations
- Mathematics, 7-12
- Unique Subject Area Endorsement
- Biology, 7-12
- Chemistry, 7-12
- Integrated Early Childhood/Special Ed., Birth - K
- Physics, 7-12
- Integrated Early Childhood/Special Ed., N - K - Elem. 1 - 3
- Earth Science, 7-12
- Comprehensive Special Education, K - 12
- General Science, 7-12
- English, Middle School
- Driver Education
- History & Social Studies, Middle School
- Agriculture, Pre-K - 12
- Mathematics, Middle School
- Vocational Agriculture, 7-12
- Biology, Middle School
- Art, Pre-K - 12
- Chemistry, Middle School
- Health, Pre-K - 12
- Physics, Middle School
- Physical Education, Pre-K - 12
- Earth Science, Middle School
- Home Economics, Pre-K - 12
- General Science, Middle School
- Technology Education, Pre-K - 12
- Integrated General Science, Middle School
- Music, Pre-K - 12
- Partially Sighted, Pre-K - 12
- Hearing Impaired, Pre-K - 12
- Blind, Pre-K - 12
- School Library Media Specialist
- School Nurse - Teacher
- School Dental Hygienist - Teacher
- Teacher - Coordinator, Marketing Education 7 - 12
- Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts, 1-12
Connecticut Teaching Certificate Requirements
In order to be eligible for an Initial Educator Certificate, you must meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor's degree
- Completion of a state approved teacher preparation program
- Passing score on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
- Passing score on the Praxis II – Subject area tests, ACTFL or CAT assessments for endorsement area
- Completed application
In addition to these requirements, in order to receive a Provisional Educator Certificate you must complete 10 months of teaching under the Initial Educator Certificate. In order to receive a Professional Educator certificate you must complete 30 months of successful teaching experience in a Connecticut school under the Provisional Educator Certificate and complete additional coursework requirements based upon your endorsement area.
In order to become a teacher in Connecticut, you must possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree. If you do not meet this requirement, here are some of the top online education degree programs to help you meet the requirements of becoming a teacher.
Connecticut requires a passing score on the Connecticut Praxis series assessments, which include the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) and Praxis II – Subject area tests. In addition, the ACTFL is required for teachers of a foreign language.
Although fingerprinting is not part of teacher licensure in Connecticut, all teachers must submit to a state and national criminal history record check within the first 30 days of the date of employment. You must undergo fingerprinting and submit them for a background check by the Connecticut State Police Bureau of Identification and the F.B.I. The results of the criminal history record checks are reported to your employing school district.
Connecticut does not offer reciprocity with other states. However, Connecticut does participate in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement. This allows you to receive a Connecticut teachers license if you have completed a state approved teacher preparation program from a regionally accredited institution, or have a minimum of 27 months of successful, full-time teaching experience under a NASDTEC member state's valid Level II educator certificate. Connecticut does not participate in the Interstate Agreement for administrative endorsements. The following states participate in NASDTEC agreement with Connecticut.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Connecticut Alternative Teacher Certification
Connecticut offers an alternative route to teacher certification known as ARC. ARC focuses on helping professionals with subject area knowledge to make a transition to a second career as a teacher. In addition, ARC helps to fill areas of teacher shortage. The ARC program provides a non-credit teacher preparation program and offers a temporary teaching certificate in order to allow you to teach within a Connecticut school while you complete the program training.
Western Connecticut State University also offers alternative methods of education certification in Connecticut.
In addition to those two opportunities, Teach for America Connecticut offers similar assistance to mid-level professionals looking to transition to teaching. Through the program, you'll receive a temporary teaching license so you may teach while attending training.
Lastly, another alternative program for teacher certification is the Connecticut Troops to Teachers program, which offers assistance to veterans and qualified military personnel seeking a career in teaching.
Become a Substitute Teacher
If you have a college degree but don't qualify for a teaching certificate, you may consider becoming a substitute teacher in Connecticut. You may substitute teach while you attain your teaching credentials through an accredited online program.
Teacher Jobs In Connecticut
The Connecticut Alliance offers a Connecticut job search for teachers, with the ability to post your resume online so school districts can find you when they are looking for teachers. You can also find public school job vacancies in Connecticut through the Connecticut Education Association.
In addition to these two resources, the Connecticut State Department of Education offers a directory of Connecticut school districts. You may use this to contact schools directly and inquire about Connecticut teaching jobs.
Connecticut Teacher Salaries
Teacher salaries for Connecticut teachers will vary by school district, as well as your level of education and number of years teaching. There are several published teacher salary schedules that can help give you an idea of what kind of money you'll make as a teacher in Connecticut. The Norwalk Public Schools Teacher Salary Schedule, the Meriden Board of Education Teacher Salary Schedule and the Danbury Public Schools Teacher Salary Schedule show teachers in Connecticut making between $45,457 to $113,999, with the lowest salaries going to entry level teachers with a bachelors degree in education and no teaching experience, and the highest salaries going to teachers with a Ph.D. in education and 15+ years of teaching experience.
Resources for Teacher Certification in Connecticut
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Educator Preparation and Certification
P.O. Box 150471-Room 243
Hartford, CT. 06115-0471
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