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To become a certified teacher in Connecticut, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

There are two paths to become eligible for education certification in the state of Connecticut: eligibility based on program preparation and eligibility based on teaching experience.

1. Eligibility Based on Program Preparation

Connecticut teacher certification is traditionally based on the successful completion of an educator preparation program from a state-approved accredited college/university. The requirements to obtain your Connecticut educator certification via program preparation are as follows:

  • Complete a state-approved planned program of both general academic and professional education at an accredited college or university
  • Pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (or present official evidence of waiver requirements)
  • Pass subject-specific tests, if applicable

2. Eligibility Based on Teaching Experience

Connecticut teacher certification may also apply to those educators who have completed the equivalent of two school years of full-time teaching with the appropriate grade level and/or subject area. All coursework, degree, testing and additional requirements must also be met. The requirements to obtain your Connecticut educator certification via teaching experience are as follows:

  • Documentation of a minimum of 20 school months of successful and appropriate full-time teaching experience within the same approved non-public or out-of state public school under a valid certificate
  • Pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (or present official evidence of waiver requirements)
  • Pass subject-specific tests, if applicable
  • Successful completion of all required general academic/professional education coursework for desired subject areas

Connecticut Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Connecticut teacher certification requires course specific endorsement:

  • Elementary Education: State regulations for elementary cross-endorsement require 30 semester hours of course work specifically related to elementary education including six semester hours of credit in language arts, which may include reading, writing, speaking, listening and spelling and six semester hours of credit in child growth and development.
  • Middle Grades: A minimum of 15 credits in a specific subject area (English, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, general science, integrated science, social science, history, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, sociology) and a minimum of 12 semester hours credit specifically related to middle grades education
  • Secondary Subjects: Generally, the certification regulations require the completion of a total of 30 semester hours of credit (undergraduate or graduate) in the subject you wish to add.

Connecticut Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here to learn more about earning your alternative teacher certification in Connecticut.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Connecticut visit our Connecticut Teacher Scholarships page.

Connecticut Required Tests

Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

The Praxis I PPST measures basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These tests evaluate the foundational and academic skills necessary to pursue a career as an educator in the state of Connecticut.

Praxis II

The Praxis II Subject Assessments measures knowledge of general and specific subjects related to K-12 teaching skills and classroom knowledge. The Praxis II covers 120 different tests. Required tests are dependent on requirements set forth by one’s desired teaching discipline. The following assessments are required by the Connecticut Department of Education:


Test Title Test Format
Art: Content and Analysis Art Education
Biology: Content Knowledge
Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Chemistry: Content Essays
Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
English Language Lit & Comp: Content & Analysis
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Physics: Content Knowledge
Physics: Content Essays
Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, English, History, Math)
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge
Education of Young Children
Foundations of Reading
Early Childhood Education
Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

  • Subtest 1: Reading & Language Arts
  • Subtest 2: Mathematics
  • Subtest 3: Social Studies
  • Subtest 4: Science

Principles of Learning & Teaching Grades 4-6
Foundations of Reading

Elementary Education
Middle School English & Language Arts
Middle School Mathematics
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Studies
Middle Grades (English, Math, Science, Social Studies)
Music: Content & Instruction Music Education
Special Ed.: Core Knowledge & Mild-Moderate Applications Foundations of Reading Special Education


Not all listed tests are required for each certification. Not all areas of certification are listed. Visit the Department of Education’s Guide to Assessments for Educator Certification in Connecticut for more information.

Connecticut Certification Reciprocity

Connecticut will accept some teaching credentials from the following states: Alaska and Iowa. Contact the Connecticut State Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Connecticut Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Connecticut provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Connecticut has strong induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $66,500
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $66,600
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Connecticut makes 115% of the salary of the average worker in Connecticut
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

How to Apply

Applying for Certification

The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Connecticut Educator Certification System (CECS) provides those pursuing their CT teacher certification with a comprehensive database designed to help educators complete the certification process. Through CECS, applicants are able to:

  • Apply, renew and/or update certifications online
  • Check the status of teacher application
  • Update profile and contact information
  • View Connecticut teaching certificates
  • Request duplicate copies of teaching certificates
  • View testing history
  • Apply for Praxis I exam waiver

Teaching Jobs in Connecticut: Apply Online


The Connecticut Regional Education Service Center (REAP) is an online application system for Connecticut state public school districts. This database provides qualified teaching candidates with a list of job opportunities within Connecticut’s public school districts. Potential educators must apply for CTREAP’s services to apply to jobs directly, but individuals may also perform a public search to view job vacancies and then apply to schools/districts directly.) This database is also used for Connecticut substitute teachers.

Connecticut Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Connecticut.

Contact Information


Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 713-6543
Mailing Address
Connecticut State Department of Education
P.O. Box 2219
Hartford, Connecticut 06145


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