How to Become a Social Studies Teacher in Connecticut

Jan 02, 2019

In Connecticut, social studies teachers can become certified to teach grades 4-8 or grades 7-12. The certification process involves meeting educational and certification exam requirements.

Social studies teachers educate students on current and past events. In Connecticut, prospective teaching candidates will need to earn a bachelor's degree and pass Praxis tests. The certification process for social studies teachers is outlined below.

Connecticut Social Studies 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 Social Studies
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators;
Praxis Subject-Specific Test for Social Studies

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

Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements

Candidates wishing to become a social studies teacher in Connecticut can pursue the traditional route to teacher certification. This involves completing a bachelor's degree as part of an approved teacher preparation program. The state's Department of Education provides a section on their website that lists the approved teacher preparation programs in Connecticut.

The state of Connecticut requires students to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam for acceptance into a teacher training program. The exam covers reading, writing, and mathematics knowledge. Each teacher training program is able to set their own passing score requirements for the exam.

In lieu of the Praxis exam, students may also qualify for acceptance into a teacher training program with passing scores on any of the following exams:

  • 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: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 8/1/11) or 297 (on/after 8/1/11)
  • SAT: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 3/31/95) or 1100 (on/after 4/1/95)

Candidates can complete a bachelor's degree education in either middle level (grades 4-8) or secondary level (grades 7-12) history/social studies. They may take courses like an orientation to schools, the history and philosophy of education, and teaching reading and writing across the curriculum. Candidates will complete a full-time student teaching assignment during their teacher preparation program.

Step 2: Pass Certification Examination

After earning a bachelor's degree, prospective teachers will need to take the Praxis subject examination for social studies. Candidates will need to take one of the below examinations:

  • Middle School Social Studies (Grades 4-8): Passing score is 160
  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge (Grades 7-12): Passing score is 162

Candidates will then need to receive a clear criminal record check from the state of Connecticut, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials

The last step in the process to becoming a social studies teacher is to apply for an initial teaching license. This license is good for three years and will cost applicants $50. Candidates can complete an online application or mail a hard copy application to the CT Department of Education. The application process includes submitting the following documentation:

  • Official college transcripts for their bachelor's degree
  • An ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution: Connecticut requires the official seal of the educational institution, as well as an original signature, on this statement.

The next type of teacher certification is the provisional educator certificate. This one is valid for eight years. Applicants must 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 system outside of Connecticut

Connecticut's last teacher certification is the professional educator. This certificate requires that applicants complete professional development training for social studies and that they have 30 months of work with a provisional educator certificate.

Certification Resources for Connecticut Social Studies Teachers

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