Kindergarten and elementary school teachers provide students with instruction during their crucial developmental years. Continue reading to learn more about becoming a kindergarten or elementary school teacher in Connecticut.
Connecticut Kindergarten and Elementary Teachers Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2016)*|| $73,470 (Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education)
$76,740 (Elementary School Teachers, Except for Special Education)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Elementary Education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Examinations|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements
A route to certification for aspiring kindergarten or elementary school teachers is to complete a bachelor's degree from an approved teacher training program. Students can find a preparation program of their choice on the Connecticut Department of Education's website.
All teacher training programs require that students earn passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators examination. The examination tests students' proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students will need to contact their desired teacher training program to find out what the passing scores are.
It should be noted that this requirement may be waived for students who earned passing scores on the below tests:
- SAT: Combined verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 3/31/95) or 1100 (on/after 4/1/95)
- 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)
- GRE: Combined verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 8/1/11) or 297 (on/after 8/1/11)
Candidates can pursue a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Coursework may include the foundations of education, math and science methods in elementary education, and children, books, and culture. Candidates will need to complete a student teaching assignment.
Step 2: Pass Certification Examination
The second step in the teacher certification process is to pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test, which consists of four subtests. Test takers can choose to take one subtest at a time or all in one testing session.
- Reading and Language Arts Subtest: Passing score is 157
- Mathematics Subtest: Passing score is 157
- Social Studies Subtest: Passing score is 155
- Science Subtest: Passing score is 159
They will then need to successfully pass a criminal background check from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the state of Connecticut.
Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials
Once candidates have their bachelor's degree and passed their Praxis examinations, they are eligible to apply for their initial teaching license. Initial licenses are good for three years and have an application free of $50. Candidates will need to provide the below documents with their completed application:
- Official college transcripts
- An ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution, which will need an official college seal and original signature
After initial licensure, candidates can apply for their provisional educator certificate. They must meet one of the following requirements:
- 10 months of work experience under the initial teaching certificate
- 30 months of work experience within 10 years in a public school outside of Connecticut
The provisional certificate is valid for eight years. The final certificate offered by Connecticut is the professional educator. Candidates must complete additional coursework for elementary education and have 30 months of relevant work experience during their provisional certificate.
Certification Resources for Connecticut Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Prospective kindergarten and elementary school teachers can better prepare for their Praxis exams with these study aids.