How to Become a Music Teacher in Connecticut

Jul 02, 2020

The state of Connecticut certifies music teachers for grades PK-12. As a music teacher, you will have the opportunity to introduce students to various instruments, as well as choral methods. Learn more about the steps you need to take to become a music teacher.

Connecticut Music Teachers Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2019)* $78,070 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education);
$79,510 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education);
$78,540 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education or Music
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators;
Praxis Music: Content and Instruction

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

Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements

If you wish to become a music teacher in Connecticut, one route toward teacher certification is to complete a bachelor's degree through an approved teacher training program. You can find a listing of the approved teacher training programs on the Connecticut Department of Education's website.

Before applying to a teacher training program, you will need to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam. You will be tested on your reading, writing, and mathematics knowledge. You will need to contact your desired educational institution for the passing scores on this test.

It should be noted that you may receive a waiver for the Praxis Core examination if you achieved passing scores on one of the below tests:

  • GRE: Combined verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 8/1/11) or 297 (on/after 8/1/11)
  • 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)

You can complete a bachelor's degree in music with a music education concentration. Although Connecticut offers a PK-12 teaching certificate, you can choose to specialize in either elementary or secondary music education. You may take core music courses like the history of western music, American music, and the history of jazz. Coursework specific to music education may include methods in music education, conducting, and instrumental/vocal methods for strong, percussion, and choral conducting.

Step 2: Pass Certification Examination

The next step toward earning your music teacher certification is to pass the Praxis subject examination for music education. You will need to take the Music: Content and Instruction (Grades PK-12) test and receive a passing score of 162.

You will also need to submit to a background check through the state of Connecticut and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials

After meeting all of the above requirements, you will be ready to apply for your initial teaching license. You have the option to complete an online application or request a hard copy application from the Connecticut Department of Education. The fee for this application is $50. You will need to submit the below documentation with your completed application:

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

This certificate is valid for three years. The next level of Connecticut teacher certification is the provisional educator certificate, which is good for eight years. You must meet one of the below conditions to qualify for this certificate:

  • 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 certificate issued by Connecticut is the professional educator one. You must have 30 months of work experience earned under your provisional certificate, as well as professional development courses for music education.

Certification Resources for Connecticut Music Teachers

If you are a prospective music teacher, take a look at the below study guide for the Praxis examination.

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