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Health Teacher Certification in Connecticut

If you are interested in health and working with children, then a health education teacher may be the career for you. In Connecticut, health teachers will need to meet educational and certification requirements.

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As a health teacher, you will work with students from PreK through twelfth grade. You will educate them on a variety of topics, including nutrition and disease prevention. Learn more about how you can become a health teacher in Connecticut.

Connecticut Health Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2016)* $76,740 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education)
$77,250 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
$76,260 (High School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Elementary Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis Health Examination

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Step 1: Fulfill Educational Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a health teacher, one path to certification is to pursue a bachelor's degree as part of an approved teacher preparation program. You can find a listing of Connecticut's teacher preparation programs on the state's Department of Education's website.

Before you can apply to a program, you will need to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. You will be tested on your reading, writing, and mathematics knowledge. Each training program gets to set their own passing scores, so you will need to contact the program of your interest to learn the requirements.

You may not have to take the Praxis test if you earned qualifying scores on these below examinations:

  • 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 pursue a Bachelor of Science in health education, which will make you eligible to teach grades PreK-12. Courses in general education may include oral communication, information literacy, and intercultural competence. Health education courses can include nutrition and health, health communication methods and materials, and the concepts of disease.

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  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
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  • Teaching, Elementary
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  • Teaching, Kindergarten and Preschool
  • Teaching, Waldorf and Steiner Education
  • Teaching, Young Children

Step 2: Pass Certification Examination

Once you graduate with a bachelor's degree, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge on the Praxis subject test for health education. This test requires a passing score of 164.

Your nest step is to submit to a criminal history check from the state of Connecticut and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Step 3: Apply for Teaching Credentials

The final step in the teacher certification process is to apply for your initial teaching license, which is valid for three years. You must pay an application fee of $50 and submit the following with your application:

  • Official college transcripts
  • An ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution, which must have your college's seal and an original signature

The second certificate Connecticut issues is the provisional educator certificate, which is valid for eight years. You must meet one of the below criteria to qualify for it:

  • 10 months of work experience with your initial teaching certificate
  • 30 months of work experience within 10 years in a public school outside of Connecticut

The third certificate Connecticut issues is the professional educator. Requirements for this certificate are 30 months of work experience with your provisional certificate and professional development courses for health education.

Certification Resources for Connecticut Health Teachers

If you are preparing to become a health teacher, these study guides can help you get ready for your Praxis tests.

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