Private schools in Connecticut range from faith-based institutions to non-secular schools. Specific teacher requirements vary by private school; however, this article will cover the general requirements to become a private school teacher in Connecticut.
Certification Requirements for Connecticut Private School Teachers
|Median Salary for Private School Teachers in the US (2018)*||$46,000|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Chosen area of focus or education|
Unlike public schools, private schools are able to determine their own educational requirements for teachers. Some schools may require a master's degree; however, private school teachers will usually need a bachelor's degree. Some private schools may require teaching candidates to have previous work experience.
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Optional Connecticut Teacher Certification
The state of Connecticut does not require that private school teachers possess a teaching certificate. However, candidates employed at a state-approved private school can pursue certification if they desire. They can either pursue a provisional educator certificate or professional educator certificate.
Provisional Educator Certificate
Candidates interested in a provisional educator certificate will need at least 30 months of relevant teaching experience within the last ten years at a private school approved by the Connecticut Department of Education. The provisional educator certificate is good for eight years.
Professional Educator Certificate
The professional educator certificate is good for five years. Candidates must meet two requirements to qualify for this certificate:
- Minimum of 30 months of relevant teaching experience during their provisional certificate at a private school approved by the Connecticut Department of Education
- Professional development training for their specific area of focus
Optional NAPCIS Teacher Certification
Candidates at a Catholic, faith-based private school can pursue certification through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). The organization offers two types of certifications to candidates employed at a NAPCIS member school.
Master Teacher Certification Program
This certification requires that a master teacher already be employed at a candidate's school. Candidates must have three years of relevant work experience, along with recommendations from three people. They must complete an essay on the Catholic faith and pass an examination.
Teacher Certification Program
Candidates interested in this program must be employed at a NAPCIS member school and have a local sponsor and mentor. This two-year program consists of education on the Catholic faith, classroom management, and effective mentoring. Candidates will receive mid-year and end-of-the-year reviews and must pass an examination. Upon completion of the program, candidates will earn their plenary teacher's certificate.