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 Core skills test 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.
- I want to be a teacher in Connecticut, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Connecticut’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in Connecticut
Projected Job Growth
Growth in Teaching Jobs in CT through 20242
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.
The Connecticut Department of Labor has projected 26 average annual job openings due to growth and 385 average annual job openings due to replacements for elementary school teachers, 13 average annual job openings due to growth and 204 average annual job openings due to replacements for middle school teachers, and 18 average annual job openings due to growth and 316 average annual job openings due to replacements for secondary school teachers in Connecticut from 2014 to 2024.3 The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that excluding special education, there are about 41,940 elementary, middle, and secondary teachers in Connecticut.4 In this state, elementary school teachers make an average annual salary of $75,700, middle school teachers make an average annual salary of $76,710, and secondary school teachers make an average annual salary of $75,190.4 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
Prospective teachers must pass both the Praxis I Core Academic Skills Test (Core) and the Praxis Subject Assessments 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, Special Education||360||$75,060|
|Elementary School Teachers||16,510||$71,260|
|Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School||2,730||$79,120|
|Middle School Teachers||9,770||$76,710|
|Middle School Teachers, Special Education||1,150||$71,950|
|Secondary School Teachers||14,060||$75,190|
|Secondary School Teachers, Special Education||2,080||$75,770|
|Secondary School Teachers, Career/Technical Education||1,690||$76,030|
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4
Connecticut Teacher Career Interviews
- Lorrie Quirk, President, Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut
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 Core Academic Skills Test and Subject Assessments. If you have taught for two years with a license in another state, you may be able to waive the teacher education program requirement.
Teaching and Education Programs
1. Connecticut State Department of Education: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/site/default.asp
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
3. Connecticut Department of Labor: http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/projections.asp
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Connecticut: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ct.htm