We Are CEA
Over 43,000 members strong, CEA advocates for teachers and public education. We've been a driving force in lobbying legislators for the resources public schools need and campaigning for high standards for teachers and students. Our proud history spans more than 150 years.
The CEA Representative Assembly (RA), held each May, is CEA's highest policy-making body.
Membership involvement is vital to CEA's mission. As a member of a CEA commission or committee, you are part of the process.
CEF is a non-profit, charitable foundation that was established in 1991 to help teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships and students planning teaching careers.
CEA is a democratic organization. Our members play an important role in determining the direction and focus of the Association through several elected governing bodies.
CEA offers a variety of grants and awards in the following categories:
- Public Relations
- Human and Civil Rights
- John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence
The National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) is NEA's highest decision-making body. With over 9,000 delegates, it is also the world's largest democratic, deliberative body.
Read the latest education news and information from CEA.
The U.S EPA has developed an innovative program - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools - to help schools identify and address indoor air quality problems.
Watch our various TV ads and video highlights captured throughout the year.
Check out our indexed collection of press releases distributed for the current year.
- Benefits and Discounts
- Documentation and Reports
- Member Sections
- Retirement Information
- Uniserv Representatives
CEA members can enjoy exclusive access to discounts on attractions, merchandise, fitness and travel.
Take advantage of home, auto and life insurance programs.
Information on retirement plans offered by the State of Connecticut and NEA.
NEA's Attorney Referral Program provides members with legal advice on personal matters.
Learn about the credit cards, home financing programs and lines of credit available through NEA Member Benefits.
CEA members have access to a variety of benefits and programs to enhance your life and your career. Learn about the benefits for new and retired members and see what's available for you.
Download monthly board reports from our executive officers and management staff.
Policy and procedure documentation for members of CEA's Board of Directors.
The driving principle behind CEA-Retired is to provide retired members an organization that works in conjunction with CEA to improve retirement, pension, and health benefits.
CEASP offers unique opportunities in professional development, community outreach, leadership, and networking with future teachers all over the state.
Visit our local and national affiliate websites — created and shared by your colleagues.
This section contains research articles and resource information generated by CEA and external sources regarding your retirement and pension.
Directory listing of Uniserv Representatives assigned to each unit.
Listing of areas assigned to each Uniserv Representative.
Directions to our Trumbull, Norwalk, East Lyme, Windsor, Cheshire, Rocky Hill, Torrington, Ellington and Waterbury offices.
CEA keeps the contracts for all the school districts in Connecticut so they are available to CEA members at any time.
CEA keeps contract language organized by which town(s) have the language and which do not, so you can compare benefits among districts.
Legislation and Politics
Use this application to look up your Connecticut state representative and senator.
We're anywhere your issues require us to be. At the state legislature, before regulatory agencies, in the media, in your schools, and with state and local politicians.
Use these political resources to stay in touch and get informed for some of today's most important issues.
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Professional Learning
- Special Education
- Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM)
Whether you're applying for your first certificate, a renewal, or the next level of certification, CEA can help make the process easy.
Learn about Connecticut's three-tiered certification continuum and its core requirements.
An extensive collection of online curriculum and instruction resources relating to education, teaching and learning.
A listing of various academic grants offered from a variety of organizations.
External online resources aimed at improving and strengthening education and learning.
A listing of various academic grants offered from a variety of organizations.
Online learning courses, podcasts and videos to help educators increase their knowledge and improve their curricula.
This new document includes specific information about the role of the PDEC in developing and implementing the district's professional learning plan.
Every school district in Connecticut benefits from services provided by Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs).
Articles and research on how to create more powerful professional development experiences.
Research articles and resources dealing with court cases and information related to special education.
Links to the CT State Department of Education and other outside resources.
A variety of Special Education workshops presented by Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA Retirement Specialist.
The Teacher Education and Mentoring Program (TEAM) is a two year induction program for beginning teachers that includes mentorship and professional development. Beginning teachers participating in the program are assigned a trained mentor to guide them through developing individualized growth plans, uniquely based on their own needs as educators.
Our extensive resource library of resource materials, documentation, PowerPoint presentations and more.
Local and national news stories surrounding teacher evaluation.
A collections of research articles and supplemental information regarding teacher evaluation.
Professional Educator Certificate Requirements to Change in 2016
IMPORTANT UPDATE: MASTER'S DEGREE REQUIREMENT
In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly passed new legislation requiring a master's degree to advance most provisional level educator certificates to the professional level. Connecticut General Statutes (CGS), Section 10-145b (g), states that "on or after July 1, 2016, to qualify for a professional educator certificate, a person who holds or has held a provisional educator certificate... shall hold a master's degree in an appropriate subject matter area, as determined by the State Board of Education, related to such teacher's certification endorsement area."
Additional guidance is being developed regarding what should be considered an "appropriate subject matter area" for the master's degree. Once approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE), these guidelines will be published. In the meantime, to assist educators who are hoping to enroll in master's degree programs now to advance their provisional educator certificates expiring after the 2016 date, the SBOE recently approved the following grandfathering language:
Any person who is issued a Connecticut educator certificate for the first time on or after July 1, 2016, will be required to complete a master's degree in an appropriate subject matter area in order to advance their provisional educator certificate to the professional educator certificate. Educators who already hold a Connecticut educator certificate PRIOR to July 1, 2016, will not be impacted by the new master's degree requirement for that certificate, provided no lapse in certification occurs.
If you have any questions about maintaining your Connecticut educator certificate, you may email them to the State Dept. of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact CEA Educational Issues Specialist Michele O'Neill at email@example.com.