You will complete Form ED 170,
General Application for Certificate, pages 1 and 2. This is the form that is used for applying for any of the 3 levels of
certificates — initial, provisional, or professional. You should be able to obtain the form from the Education Department at the
university, or can download it from the SDE web site. The directions for applying are included with the form.
The university will complete form ED 125, the 'Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution,' which will accompany
- An official transcript from the university must be sent directly to the SDE.
You must have taken and passed Praxis I and Praxis II to be eligible for certification; those scores must be sent from ETS to
the SDE. Generally, when you take those exams in CT, the scores are automatically sent to the SDE. If you took the exams outside
of CT, you must request that ETS send the scores.
A non-refundable fee of $50 must accompany your application to begin the processing of it. The total fee for the initial certificate
is $100, which you can send all at once when you first apply. The SDE does not accept personal checks — it must be in the form of
a money order or bank check.
Once the SDE has received and processed all part of the application, you will be issued an initial certificate, which will be mailed
to the address on your application. This usually takes 6-8 weeks, although it may be longer between the months of May and September.
When you apply for a certificate for the first time, you should begin a 'certification file,' in which you keep all correspondence
and records regarding your certificate. It is recommended that you make photocopies of any application, letter, or other record you
submit to the SDE, and keep copies of all correspondence you receive from them. Keeping complete and accurate records can help insure
that your certificate is always accurate and valid.