Becoming a Private School Teacher in Connecticut

This article walks you through the significant steps in becoming a private school teacher in Connecticut. It discusses the mandatory educational requirements and optional certification requirements for the career. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Private School Teacher in Connecticut: General Information

To become a private school teacher in Connecticut, you have to meet the minimum qualification of a bachelor's degree. However, the Connecticut State Department of Education does not mandate teaching certification for private school teachers: it is entirely optional. It is interesting to note that accreditation and approval of private schools in Connecticut are also optional. That being said, teachers aspiring to work in private schools can pursue a teaching certification if they wish to. Read more about the education requirements and optional certification requirements to become a private school teacher in Connecticut.

Education Required Bachelor's degree, educator preparation programs are optional
Optional Certification Exams Praxis Subject Assessment Test/ CTCE /ACTFL
Mean Salary (2018)* $77,220 (Kindergarten), $75,480 (Elementary), $76,130 (Middle School), $76,980 (Secondary)
Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028, nationwide)* 3% (Kindergarten and Elementary), 3% (Middle School), 4% (High School)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Complete the Educational Requirements

The primary educational requirement to become a teacher in Connecticut is a bachelor's degree. If you want to be an elementary teacher, you can major in elementary education. But to become a middle school or high school teacher, you will have to major in a specific subject, such as math, science, or art. Elementary education and other majors can include an educator preparation program as part of the curriculum. An EPP gives you a detailed introduction into theories of pedagogy and teacher-student relation in addition to real-world experience teaching while simultaneously preparing you for certification.

Educational requirements for teachers can vary depending on the school. Some schools might require or prefer a candidate with a master's degree, as is required of public school teachers in Connecticut at some point in their careers.

Optional Connecticut Teacher Certification Requirements

As said earlier, teacher certification is entirely optional for Connecticut private school teachers. Still, in case you wish to pursue certification to have an edge over other candidates, you can opt for certification. For this you have to complete an EPP program and pass some tests:

  • Depending on the grade level and the subject in which you seek certification, you will have to take the appropriate Praxis subject assessment. For example, if you had majored in elementary education, you have to take the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam. But if you want to teach in middle school or high school, you will have to take the test in the specific subject area in which you majored.
  • If you are seeking endorsement in the areas of elementary special education, comprehensive special education, or reading specialist, you will have to take one of the Connecticut Teacher Certification Examinations (CTCE) in lieu of or in addition to a Praxis exam.
  • The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) tests are administered for endorsement in world languages.

Gain Experience in Teaching

The key to advance in private school teaching is to gain more experience. The requirements for each school vary; some schools might require a few years of experience. Your compensation might also vary depending on your experience. You can find schools that employ teachers in entry-level positions, sometimes as co-teachers or assistant teachers, and then work your way up.

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