In Connecticut, you can pursue a science teaching certification for middle or high school. You will have the choice of teaching general science or specializing in a subject like biology or physics. Read on for tips on how you can become a science teacher in Connecticut.
Connecticut Science Teachers Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2016)*|| $77,250 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education)
$76,260 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Education or Science|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators; Praxis Subject-Specific Test for Science|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Fulfill Educational Requirements
One option for science teacher certification is to complete a bachelor's degree from an approved teacher training program. You can find an approved teacher training program by visiting the Connecticut Department of Education's website.
A prerequisite for acceptance into a teacher training program is to complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam. This three-section examination will test your reading, writing, and mathematics knowledge. In Connecticut, passing scores for this examination are determined by each teacher training program. It should be noted that you may qualify for an exemption from this examination if you achieved passing scores on one of 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)
You can pursue a bachelor's degree in education in general science for grades 7-12. Such a degree may include courses like the philosophy and organization of middle grades education and teaching reading and writing across the curriculum. You will complete a full-time student teaching assignment as part of your undergraduate training.
Step 2: Pass Certification Examination
Once you receive your bachelor's degree, you will need to pass a Praxis subject-specific examination for science. You can choose from the following:
- Middle Grades (4-8) Science: Passing score is 150
- Biology: Content Knowledge (Grades 7-12): Passing score is 152
- Chemistry: Content Knowledge (Grades 7-12): Passing score is 151
- Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (Grades 7-12): Passing score is 157
- General Science: Content Knowledge (Grades 7-12): Passing score is 157
- Physics: Content Knowledge (Grades 7-12): Passing score is 141
You will then need to pass a criminal background check from the State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials
After completing the educational and certification requirements, you will need to apply for your initial educator certificate. The process consists of an electronic or paper application and a fee of $50. You will need to submit the following with your completed application:
- Official college transcripts
- The ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution, which must contain a color or embossed seal of your educational institution and an original signature from the appropriate personnel
Your initial certificate will be valid for three years. The next certificate Connecticut offers is the provisional educator certificate, which is good for 8 years. You must meet one of the following conditions:
- 10 months of work experience during your initial teaching certificate
- 30 months of work experience within 10 years in a public school outside of the state of Connecticut
The final level of certification that Connecticut offers is the professional educator certificate. You must meet the below conditions:
- 30 months of work experience during your provisional teaching certificate
- Additional training requirements based on your specific endorsement
Certification Resources for Connecticut Science Teachers
If you are on your way to becoming a science teacher, these study guides can help you get ready for your Connecticut certification tests.