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Basic Certification Information


Certification Levels

Connecticut has a three-tiered certification continuum that recognizes the progression of a teacher's professional career and issues three certificates: the initial educator, the provisional educator, and the professional educator.

In order to advance from a provisional to a professional certificate, a Connecticut teacher must complete 30 post-baccalaureate credits at an APPROVED institution, which means a higher education institution accredited by a regional association of colleges and schools recognized by the United States Secretary of Education or a Connecticut higher education institution accredited by the Board of Governors (per Section 10-145d-400(e) of the State of Connecticut Teacher Certification Regulations.

When considering whether to attend an institution that has national accreditation vs. regional accreditation, it is also worth noting that there are a few nationally accredited schools that offer really low tuition rates in order to be competitive. While these low rates may be tempting, please consider the consequences of choosing a nationally accredited college. Though you may be able to advance on your district's salary schedule, the State Department of Education will not accept these credits towards certification advancement.

Here's a quick guide to the difference between regional and national accreditation.


Click on the tabs below to learn more about each certificate type.


INITIAL EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE

Validation Period

3 years. May be reissued 5 times (upon application)


Requirements

Complete CT assessment requirements AND ONE of the following:

  • graduate from an approved CT teacher preparation program; or
  • meet certification requirements through evaluation of a transcript and have 20 months successful teaching
  • experience in the area for which certification is sought; or
  • meet NASDTEC Interstate Contract requirements; or
  • graduate from an approved teacher preparation program in another state and meet certification requirements through transcript evaluation

PROVISIONAL EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE

Validation Period

8 years


Requirements

Meets requirements for Initial Educator Certificate AND ONE of the following:

  • has successfully completed the TEAM program (if available in endorsed area) and has 10 months successful teaching experience under the Initial Certificate;
  • has 30 months of successful teaching experience (within the past 10 years) at a public or approved non-public school out of the state of CT, in the area in which certification is sought

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE

In order to advance from a provisional to a professional certificate, a Connecticut teacher must complete 30 post-baccalaureate credits at an APPROVED institution, which means a higher education institution accredited by a regional association of colleges and schools recognized by the United States Secretary of Education or a Connecticut higher education institution accredited by the Board of Governors (per Section 10-145d-400(e) of the State of Connecticut Teacher Certification Regulations.

Validation Period

5 years, and is continued upon completion of 9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) - 90 hours of professional development experience - every 5 years


Requirements

30 months of appropriate, successful experience in CT teaching under a provisional certificate AND accumulates additional credits required by certification regulations.


Information icon For a list of assessments for different certifications required by the State Department of Education, as well as the corresponding passing scores, please visit their page for additional information.


There are several avenues through which teachers may obtain information regarding certification:


  1. Applicants may check on the status of their applications at any time through an interactive voice response (IVR) telephone service by calling the State Department of Education at (860) 713-6969.

    Representatives are available by telephone for general technical support between 12:00PM - 4:00PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. To speak to a certification representative, press "0" at any time during the call.
  2. Applicants may put their specific questions in writing and mail or fax them to the Bureau of Certification and Professional Development. The fax number is (860) 713-7017. The address is:

    Bureau of Educator Preparation, Certification, Support, & Assessment
    CT State Department of Education
    P.O. Box 150471, Room 243
    Hartford, CT 06115-0471
  3. Teachers can email the State Department Certification Bureau: teacher.cert@po.state.ct.us
  4. Teachers may call the Connecticut Education Association office for assistance at (860) 525-5641.

CEA, as one of two teachers' associations in the state, does not have access to individuals' certificates or records; that information can be obtained by contacting the State Department of Education in one of the following ways:

Mail Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification
Connecticut State Department of Education
P. O. Box 150471 - Room 243
Hartford, Connecticut 06115-0471
Express Mail Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 243
Hartford, CT 06106

Note: Requiring a signature for mail delivery may cause delays.

Phone (860) 713-6969
between the hours of 12 and 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Fax (860) 713-7017
Office Hours 8:00AM - 4:45PM Monday - Friday
Email Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification:
teacher.cert@ct.gov

Responses to e-mails may take two weeks due to the volume of e-mail the Bureau receives.

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