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How to Become a Teacher in Connecticut: Certification Exam & Requirements

In Connecticut, individuals interested in working in education will need to fulfill certain educational and testing requirements. Take a look to see how you can become an educator in Connecticut.

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Connecticut offers grade-level and subject-specific certifications to teaching candidates. Individuals will need to earn a bachelor's degree, pass Praxis tests, and receive a clear criminal background check.

Connecticut Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2016)* $76,740 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education)
$77,250 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
$76,260 (High School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education or chosen area of focus
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (if applicable) and Praxis subject-specific examination

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

Step 1: Fulfill Educational Requirements

One route for candidates to become teachers in Connecticut is to pursue the traditional route of a bachelor's degree teacher training program. The Connecticut State Department of Education approved twenty-one educational institutions to offer teacher training programs.

Teaching candidates for every grade level or subject area must meet a testing requirement prior to acceptance into a teacher training program. Candidates will need passing scores on one of the following exams:

  • 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)

If candidates do not have passing scores, they must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. This examination consists of three sections: reading, writing, and mathematics. However, candidates have the opportunity to take all three at once with the combined-test option. Passing scores on the Core examination are set by each teacher training program.

Candidates can pursue a bachelor's degree in elementary education (Grades K-6), middle school education (Grades 4-8), or secondary education (Grades 7-12). Alternatively, candidates can choose to specialize in Grades PK-12 in the following areas: art, music, health, physical education, and teaching English to speakers of other languages. Candidates can also choose to seek a degree in special education, which will certify them to teach Grades PK-12.

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Step 2: Take the Praxis Examination

The next step in the Connecticut teacher certification process is for candidates to take the appropriate Praxis examination.

Elementary Education Examinations

Candidates interested in elementary education will need to take the tests below:

  • Reading/Language Arts: Passing score is 157
  • Mathematics: Passing score is 157
  • Social Studies: Passing score is 155
  • Science: Passing score is 159

Middle School Education Examinations

Candidates will need to take an examination in the chosen area of focus:

  • English/Language Arts: Passing score is 164
  • Mathematics: Passing score is 165
  • Science: Passing score is 150
  • Social Studies: Passing score is 160

Secondary Education Examinations

Similar to middle school, secondary teaching candidates will also take an examination in their chosen area of focus:

  • ASL Instructor: Passing score is 170
  • Biology: Passing score is 152
  • Chemistry: Passing score is 151
  • Earth Science: Passing score is 157
  • English: Passing score is 168
  • General Science: Passing score is 157
  • Mathematics: Passing score is 160
  • Physics: Passing score is 141
  • Social Studies: Passing score is 162

PK-12 Examinations

Candidates wishing to specialize in all grades will need to take the appropriate subject-specific test:

  • Art: Passing score is 161
  • Health: Passing score is 164
  • Music: Passing score is 162
  • Physical Education: Passing score is 169
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages: Passing score is 155

Special Education Examination

Candidates pursuing a special education degree will need to take a core knowledge and mild-to-moderate applications test. It requires a passing score of 158.

Step 3: Get Fingerprinted

All teaching candidates will need to be fingerprinted for a criminal background check through the state of Connecticut, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Step 4: Obtain Teaching License

Candidates will then be ready to submit an application for an initial teaching certificate. The initial certificate is good for three years and requires an application and two supporting documents: the ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution and a college transcript. Connecticut requires that the ED125 form have an original signature and seal on it.

Connecticut's second kind of certificate is the provisional educator certificate, which lasts for eight years. Candidates will need to have one of the following to qualify:

  • 10 months of teaching experience in Connecticut during the initial licensure
  • 30 months of teaching experience in an out-of-state public school district (must be completed within 10 years)

Connecticut's last certificate type is the professional educator certificate. Candidates must have completed additional training specific to their grade level/areas of focus and 30 months of work experience during the provisional licensure.

Certification Resources for Connecticut Teachers

Candidates who need to take the Praxis Core exam may want to utilize this study aid. It contains information that will help with preparation.

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