How to Become a Preschool Teacher in Connecticut

Jan 02, 2019

Individuals interested in teaching preschool in Connecticut can pursue a bachelor's degree. They will also need to pass state certification examinations.

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Preschool teachers instruct students during crucial years, often providing a foundation for their educational career. In Connecticut, these teachers will receive specialized training in early childhood education to work with the state's youngest students.

Connecticut Preschool Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Preschool Teachers in Connecticut (2016)* $36,570 (Except Special Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Pearson Early Childhood Test

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

Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements

Candidates who want to become preschool teachers can pursue the traditional route of earning a bachelor's degree through a teacher training program. The CT Department of Education provides candidates with a listing of the approved training programs on their website.

A requirement for acceptance into a teacher training program is passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Candidates will complete tests on reading, writing, and mathematics. Approved training programs are able to set their own passing score requirements.

Alternatively, candidates can also gain acceptance if they already have passing scores on one of the following tests:

  • SAT: Combined verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 3/31/95) or 1100 (on/after 4/1/95)
  • GRE: Combined 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)

Candidates can complete a bachelor's degree in early childhood studies. They may take courses in educational psychology, children's literature, and parent/family involvement in early childhood education.

Step 2: Pass Certification Examination

After meeting the educational requirements, candidates will need to pass a state certification examination. They will need to take the Pearson Early Childhood Test to become certified in Integrated Early Childhood Education Grades PK-K (Connecticut endorsement #113). This computer-based test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-ended questions. Candidates will need to earn a passing score of 240.

Candidates will then need to receive a clear criminal background result from the state of Connecticut and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials

Candidates' final step in the certification process is to apply for their initial teaching certificate. They will need to complete an application, including a $50 fee, and submit the below documentation:

  • An ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution, which will need an official college seal and original signature on it
  • Official college transcripts

The initial certificate is valid for three years. The next level of certification is the provisional educator certificate. This certificate is valid for eight years and requires that candidates meet one of the following requirements:

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

The final level of certification is the professional educator. Candidates will need to have 30 months of teaching experience with their provisional certificate, as well as continued education training for their subject area.

Certification Resources for Connecticut Preschool Teachers

Prospective preschool teachers may find this study aid useful when prepping for their Connecticut certification tests.

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