April 16, 2018

Connecticut Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $59,499
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $49,530

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Connecticut schools. Required coursework is specific to the areas being taught. For elementary education, you’ll need 30 hours of courses in elementary education, six hours in language arts, and six hours in childhood development. For middle school, you’ll need 12 hours in education and 15 hours in the subject area being taught. For secondary school, you’ll need 30 hours in the subject being taught. For more information, see this site:
You’ll also need to complete a Connecticut-approved teacher certification preparation program.
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see
the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Connecticut, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site: http://www.ets.org | Praxis Core Test
You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site: http://www.ets.org | Praxis 2 Test
ACTFL Certified Proficiency Testing Programs (oral and written):

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Connecticut has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Connecticut Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Connecticut for four years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Connecticut State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Connecticut State Dept. of Education
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford CT 06106

Or you can call at (860)713-6543.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Connecticut teacher certification process:

Connecticut Department of Education:

Certification Information: