Teacher Professional Development in Connecticut


The Connecticut State Department of Education handles certification of all state teachers.

Types of Certificates

  • Initial Educator Certificate (3 year)
  • Provisional Educator Certificate (8 year)
  • Professional Educator Certificate (5 year)
Candidates who have not met testing requirements at the time of application may be eligible for issuance of the Interim Educator Certificate with Testing Deferral (1 year).

Initial Educator Certificate
To qualify for the initial educator certificate, an applicant must fulfill all preparation and eligibility requirements, including testing, in the endorsement areas requested, and one of the following:
- Has 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
- In lieu of a planned program of teacher preparation, has completed 20 school months of appropriate successful teaching or service in the same public school under a valid certificate or in an approved nonpublic school. In addition, all course work requirements must be met.

Provisional Educator Certificate
To qualify for the provisional educator certificate, an applicant must fulfill all preparation and eligibility requirements for the initial educator certificate, including tests, in the endorsement areas requested, and one of the following:
- Has completed ten months of successful appropriate experience under the initial educator certificate or interim initial educator certificate in a Connecticut public school, and has successfully completed the Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST) program, as made available by the Board.
OR
- Has completed 30 months of successful appropriate experience within ten years in a public school system, approved nonpublic school or nonpublic school approved by the appropriate governing body in another state.

Professional Educator Certificate
To qualify for the professional educator certificate, an applicant must complete the following requirements:
- Has completed 30 school months of successful appropriate experience in a Connecticut public or approved nonpublic school under the provisional teaching or provisional educator certificate.
AND
- Has completed any additional course requirements, as prescribed by Connecticut certification regulations, for the endorsement requested.

Continuation of the professional educator certificate requires the completion of nine continuing education units (CEUs) during the five-year period in which the individual holds a professional educator certificate.

Eligibility for a Certificate
In general, in order to qualify for a certificate, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. 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
  2. Completed successful, appropriate experience in a public school system, or an approved nonpublic school; and
  3. Completed specific course work required for the certification endorsement area(s) sought

Testing Requirements
Most candidates must meet testing requirements. Testing requirements vary based on the certification endorsement area(s) requested. Testing requirements include:


Assessment Exemptions
Effective July 1, 2009, out-of-state teachers 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.

Testing Deferral
An 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
Applicants 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.



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