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The Connecticut Teaching and Certification Resource

Those who wish to teach K-12 subjects in Connecticut must first become certified. The Connecticut Department of Education oversees the Connecticut teacher licensing process, which is outlined below to help you learn how to become a teacher in Connecticut.

How to Become a Teacher in Connecticut

Connecticut requires prospective teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree and complete a teacher preparation program at an accredited school. Teachers must also pass the Praxis basic skills and subject-specific exams for the content area(s) and grade level(s) for which they are seeking endorsement.

Those who have a bachelor’s degree but have not completed a teacher preparation program may wish to pursue alternative teacher certification in Connecticut.

Once all requirements are met, first time teachers will be awarded the Initial Educator Certificate, which is valid for three years. Upon receiving the initial teaching license, new teachers are required to take part in the TEAM Mentoring program, a two year induction program meant to develop individualized growth plans with an experienced mentor.

Connecticut uses a tiered system for teacher licensure that encourages ongoing professional development. After the Initial Educator Certificate, teachers can earn a Provisional Educator Certificate by completing the TEAM mentoring program and thirty months of teaching experience. The highest level of certification in Connecticut is the Professional Educator Certificate, which is earned by completing graduate coursework appropriate to the endorsements held.

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Projected Job Growth

11%

Growth in Teaching Jobs in CT through 202215

To earn initial Connecticut teacher certification, candidates must complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school and complete a teacher preparation program. If located in Connecticut, the preparation program attended should be on the state’s approved schools list.

Out-of-state and online programs must hold accreditation from one of the six regional accrediting agencies overseen by the US Department of Education.

Teacher education programs may also hold accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). While CAEP accreditation is not mandatory, most schools apply for the accreditation as it is seen as a distinguished marker of quality and rigorous standards.

See our list of CAEP accredited schools in Connecticut.

Connecticut Teacher Outlook
The Connecticut Department of Labor has projected 218 average annual job openings due to growth and 324 average annual job openings due to replacements for elementary school teachers, 135 average annual job openings due to growth and 201 average annual job openings due to replacements for middle school teachers, and 102 average annual job openings due to growth and 360 average annual job openings due to replacements for secondary school teachers in Connecticut from 2012 to 2022.2 The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that excluding special education, there are about 40,940 elementary, middle, and secondary teachers in Connecticut.3 In this state, elementary school teachers make an average annual salary of $70,820, middle school teachers make an average annual salary of $71,690, and secondary school teachers make an average annual salary of $70,240.3 The Connecticut Education Association provides further news and information about teaching careers and areas of demand in Connecticut.

Connecticut Teacher Education Requirements

To be eligible for Connecticut teacher certification, candidates must complete a bachelor’s degree and teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited institution. Schools located in Connecticut should be approved by the Board of Education for the preparation of teachers. Graduates from schools that are not appropriately accredited may not be eligible for certification.

Connecticut Teacher Testing Requirements

Connecticut State SealProspective teachers must pass both the Praxis I Core Academic Skills Test (Core) and the Praxis II Subject-Knowledge Tests for the endorsement areas sought. Candidates who have exceptional scores on the SAT, ACT, or GRE exam(s) may request a waiver for the Core Academic Skills test.

Candidates who wish to teach Early Childhood or Elementary Education must also take the Connecticut Foundations of Reading test, administered by Pearson. Early Childhood and Elementary Education teachers must also pass the Connecticut Teacher Certification Examinations (CTCE) Early Childhood exam.

For current information on the required examinations for all grade levels, visit the Connecticut Teacher Certification Examinations website.

Additional Connecticut Teacher Certification Requirements

All Connecticut school employees must submit a state and national criminal background check at least 30 days before being placed in a school. Candidates must complete the background check requirement prior to student teaching. You can find more information about the fingerprinting process through the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Connecticut Teachers Licensing Application Process

To obtain a Connecticut educator certification based on program preparation, applicants must:

  • Provide transcripts demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s degree and a state-approved teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Pass the Praxis I Core Academic Skills test or present official evidence of meeting waiver requirements;
  • Pass the Praxis II subject-specific tests, if applicable to the endorsement requested;
  • Submit all required documents with non-refundable application fee to the Connecticut Department of Education.

Candidates may use the online Connecticut Educator Certification System (CECS) to submit applications. Visit the Connecticut Department of Education for further details on Connecticut teacher certification.

Connecticut Teacher Salary and Jobs

Type Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Preschool Teachers 6,350 $36,120
Preschool Teachers, Special Education 270 $71,110
Kindergarten Teachers 2,030 $70,480
Elementary School Teachers 16,510 $70,820
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 2,890 $70,720
Middle School Teachers 9,850 $71,690
Middle School Teachers, Special Education 1,290 $73,520
Secondary School Teachers 14,580 $70,240
Secondary School Teachers, Special Education 2,280 $72,100
Secondary School Teachers, Career/Technical Education 1,770 $72,950

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Connecticut

Question: How do I become an elementary teacher in Connecticut?

Answer: To become certified as an elementary school teacher in Connecticut, you must complete a bachelor’s degree and an approved teacher education program. You must also pass the Praxis I and II tests. If you have taught for two years with a license in another state, you may be able to waive the teacher education program requirement.

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References:
1. Connecticut State Department of Education: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/site/default.asp
2. Connecticut Department of Labor: http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/projections.asp
3. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Connecticut: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ct.htm
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Elementary School Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252021.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Middle School Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252022.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Secondary School Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252031.htm
7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Preschool Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252011.htm
8. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Special Education Teachers, Preschool: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252051.htm
9. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Kindergarten Teachers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252012.htm
10. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252052.htm
11. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Special Education Teachers, Middle School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252053.htm
12. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252023.htm
13. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Special Education Teachers, Secondary School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252054.htm
14. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages, Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252032.htm
15. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm