Become a Teacher in Connecticut

Connecticut Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $77,900
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $78,810
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15 

 Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics External link  report

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. 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: 08/09/2018

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To become a certified teacher in Connecticut, you will need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Connecticut teaching credential application.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating with new information on a regular basis.

Step One: Connecticut 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 coursework specifically related to elementary education including 6 semester hours of credit in language arts, which may include reading, writing, speaking, listening and spelling and 6 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.

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Master’s Requirements

Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

Learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: Connecticut Teacher Preparation

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

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (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.

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.

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Step Three: 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 TitleTest Format
Art: Content and AnalysisArt 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 K-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 & InstructionMusic Education
Special Ed.: Core Knowledge & Mild-Moderate Applications Foundations of ReadingSpecial 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.

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Step Four: Connecticut Application Requirements

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

  • Apply for, 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 Applicant Placement (CTREAP) service 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 Certification Reciprocity

Connecticut does not have reciprocity with any other state. Connecticut does participate in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement (NIA). Under this agreement, it can waive specific coursework requirements and accept completion of a state-approved educator preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university from another state, or a minimum of 30 months of successful full-time experience under the other state’s valid educator certificate (at least equivalent to a Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate).

More information about this arrangement can be found on the Connecticut Department of Education website. For more specific questions about your situation, visit the Connecticut Department of Education homepage.

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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: $77,900
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $78,810
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Connecticut Certification Links & Resources

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