Business education teachers provide students with vital knowledge to succeed outside the classroom. You will need to pursue a bachelor's degree and pass several certification examinations.
Connecticut Business Education Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2016)*|| $69,040 (Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School)
$79,610 (Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis Business Education Examination|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements
One route to become certified as a business education teacher is to earn a bachelor's degree through an approved teacher training program. The Connecticut Department of Education provides a helpful online listing of all the approved training programs.
A prerequisite for admittance into a teacher training program is passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. This test consist of sections for reading, writing, and mathematics. You will need to contact your desired teacher training program to obtain their passing score requirements.
This prerequisite may be waived if you have qualifying scores on the below tests:
- SAT: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 3/31/95) or 1100 (on/after 4/1/95)
- GRE: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 8/1/11) or 297 (on/after 8/1/11)
- ACT: Verbal score of 20 and math score of 17 (prior to 10/89); Verbal score of 22 and math score of 19 (on/after 10/89)
You can earn a bachelor's degree in business education, which will make you eligible to teach students in grades 7-12. Undergraduate coursework may include the history and philosophy of education, educational psychology, and technological applications in the classroom.
Step 2: Pass Certification Examination
After you complete your bachelor's degree, you will need to take a Praxis examination for business education. You will need a score of 154 on the Business Education: Content Knowledge (Grades 7-12) test.
The next step is to receive a clear criminal background check from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state of Connecticut.
Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials
The final step in the teacher certification process is to complete an application for your initial teaching license. It costs $50, and you will need to provide your official college transcripts. You will also need to provide the ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution. This statement will need to have your college's seal and an original signature from the appropriate college officer. The initial certificate is valid for three years.
The next certificate offered in Connecticut is the provisional educator certificate. This certificate is valid for eight years and requires that applicants meet one of the below conditions:
- 10 months of work experience under your initial teaching certificate
- 30 months of work experience within 10 years in a public school outside of Connecticut
The last level of certification in Connecticut is the professional educator. Applicants must have at least 30 months of teaching experience and complete professional development courses for business education.
Certification Resources for Connecticut Business Education Teachers
You may want to use the below practice guide in preparation for your Praxis tests.