To teach for a Connecticut Board
of Education, an educator must hold a valid certificate appropriate
for the assignment or position. The certificate must be issued by the
Connecticut State Department of Education. An out-of-state certificate
is NOT acceptable
for holding a regular, contracted position with a Connecticut Board
Types of Certificates
In Connecticut, there
are three levels of certification. For a description of the eligibility
requirements for each level, click on the name link.
Candidates who have not met testing requirements at the time of application
may be eligible for issuance of:
Types of Endorsements
endorsement areas for which a Connecticut certificate is required
In general, in order to qualify for a certificate, applicants must meet
the following requirements:
- Completed a planned program of preparation
at a regionally accredited institution in the field and at the
grade level for which the certification endorsement is requested; or
- Completed successful, appropriate experience
in a public school system, or an approved nonpublic school and
- Completed specific course work required for the certification
endorsement area(s) sought
Questionnaire to find out if you are eligible for Connecticut
Each application requires a minimum $50 non-refundable review fee.
All fees must be submitted in the form of a money order or certified
bank check made payable to the "Treasurer, State of Connecticut"
Any applications received without payment or with personal checks
or cash will be returned to the applicant.
Upon determination of your certification eligibility, applicants will
be sent a credential letter indicating the additional certification
fee balance due.
The following is a general guideline for required certification fees:
Applied and Eligible for Certification Prior to 10/01/2009
Applied and Eligible for Certification On or After 10/01/2009
|Initial Educator Certificate (with one endorsement)
|Provisional Educator Certificate (with one endorsement)
|Professional Educator Certificate (with one endorsement)
|For each cross-endorsement added onto a certificate
Most candidates must meet testing requirements.
Testing requirements vary based on the certification endorsement
area(s) requested. Testing requirements include:
For more information about testing requirements,
please refer to the Guide to Assessments for Certification in
Effective July 1, 2009, out-of-state teachers and administrators may be exempt from Board approved assessment requirements, including Praxis I PPST, Praxis II subject knowledge tests, Connecticut Foundations of Reading Test and/or ACTFL OPI and WPT, if they meet the following criteria:
Hold a valid certificate in another state that is equivalent to at least a Connecticut initial educator certficate AND have one of the following:
- three years of successful appropriate experience in that same state (in an approved nonpublic school or public school in the endorsement requested) in the past ten years; OR
- a Master's degree in the academic subject area for which Connecticut certification is being requested. Please note that pedagogical degrees in the subject area do not meet the requirements of the exemption.
applicant who completed a planned program at an approved out-of-state
institution and/or has teaching experience in another state may
be eligible for a one-year interim certificate issued with
deferral of testing requirements. A certificate issued with a testing
deferral is nonrenewable. All Connecticut testing requirements must
be met by the expiration date on the certificate.
Course Work Requirements
must meet Connecticut course work requirements as outlined in the
regulations. However, applicants who qualify for certification under
the NASDTEC Interstate Certification Contract (NICC) will not need
to meet specific coursework requirements provided that appropriate
credentials are submitted by school districts or colleges from states
that participate in the NICC with Connecticut.
For more information
about NICC go to: Certification for Out-of-State Applicants