Become a Physical Education (PE) Teacher in Connecticut
People can become physical education teachers by meeting the degree and coursework requirements. This article will go over those and other requirements including education, exam and renewal requirements.
Overview of Becoming a Physical Education Teacher in Connecticut
Teacher certification in Connecticut is a three-tiered process in which educators move from an initial certificate to the final professional certificate through the completion of the relevant programs, coursework and work experience. The general requirements for the initial certificate are summarized in the table below.
|Education/Experience Required||Bachelor's degree (minimum)|
|Certification Renewal Period||Three years (initial certificate)|
|Requirements for Renewal|| TEAM |
30 hours of school work experience
|Average Salary (2018)||$66,320 (teachers or instructors in CT)*|
|Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026)||10% (teachers or instructors nationally)*|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
General Requirements for the Initial Educator Certificate
Candidates interested in teaching in the state of Connecticut through the traditional route must have completed a state-approved educator preparation program in the area and at the grade level they'd like to teach. For persons wishing to teach physical education, this means they would need to complete a degree program in an area of physical education. The Connecticut State Department of Education maintains a database of approved providers of educator preparation programs. For example, approved physical education (PK - 12) programs are provided at the undergraduate level by Central CT State University, Fairfield University, and Southern CT State University. The interested candidate must also receive a formal recommendation for certification and pass the relevant exams.
Candidates who are interested in teaching in Connecticut must pass the Praxis Core Mathematics, Reading and Writing tests to qualify for initial certification. Those who are specifically interested in teaching physical education need to take and pass the Physical Education: Content and Design assessment that is specific to that endorsement. Candidates may register online for the Praxis exams but the exams are conducted at designated test centers. The interested candidates will be directed to the most appropriate training center when they have registered. Applicants may submit a waiver for the Praxis Core assessments if they have achieved certain scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE or PAA exams.
To apply for the initial educator certificate, the interested candidate must contact the college or university at which they had completed their educator program to complete the application form. The candidate will be able to specify the endorsement they would like on the application form as the codes for all endorsements are on this form.
Certificate Renewal and Upgrade
The initial educator certificate is valid for three years and can only be renewed five times as the aim is for the educator to complete the requirements to upgrade to the second tier in the certification process which is the Provisional Educator Certificate. To upgrade, the educator must complete the Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) program which includes coursework and mentorship by a trained teacher as well as at least 30 school months of work experience. The provisional certificate is valid for eight years and can only be renewed once so the educator can complete at least 30 semester hours of credit beyond their bachelor's degree as well as 30 school months of teaching experience to upgrade to the Professional Educator Certificate. The Professional Educator Certificate is the third and final tier and can be renewed as required.