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Applying For Certification

Whether you're applying for your first certificate, a renewal, or the next level of certification, CEA can help make the process easy. Click on the appropriate links listed below for further information.


  • Cross-Endorsement for Your Certificate

    If you're having difficulty finding a teaching position, or simply want to move into teaching another subject area, you can, in most cases, add an endorsement to your teaching certificate.

  • Initial Educator Certificate

    Upon completing your teacher preparation program and graduating from the university, you'll be ready to apply for your initial teaching certificate.

  • Initial Educator Certiticate Renewal

    An initial educator certificate is valid for 3 years, during which time you are expected to complete the TEAM program requirements that apply to your certification area. Most teachers do this within the first 2 years of their teaching career.

  • Professional Educator Certificate

    A professional educator certificate is valid for 5 years, and is earned upon completing either 30 credits beyond your bachelor's degree, or your master's degree, AND teaching under your provisional certificate for a minimum of 30 months.

  • Professional Educator Renewal

    A professional educator certificate is valid for 5 years, and is earned upon completing either 30 credits beyond your bachelor's degree, or your master's degree, AND teaching under your provisional certificate for a minimum of 30 months.

  • Provisional Educator Certificate

    A provisional educator certificate is valid for 8 years, and is earned upon completing the TEAM program requirements that apply to your certification area, AND teaching under your initial certificate for a minimum of 10 months.



Applying for CT certification is easy for most teachers from outside the state, but there are times when a teacher's background doesn't easily 'match' requirements in CT. Read the descriptions below, decide which applies to you, and click on the appropriate link for further information.


  • Completed a teacher preparation program at an approved university or college, hold a valid out-of-state certificate, but have not taught for 3 or more years in another state.

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  • Completed a teacher preparation program at an approved university or college, and have taught for 3 or more years under a valid certificate in another state

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  • Not completed a teacher preparation program at an approved university or college, but hold a bachelor's degree, and have taught in the same approved, non-public school for at least 20 months.

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  • Not completed a teacher preparation program at an approved university/college, and never taught in an approved non-public school, or a public school, but have a bachelor's degree

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  • Attended a college or university outside of the United States

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