Connecticut Alternative Teacher Certification
In the state of Connecticut, persons who have not completed a traditional educator preparation program can still become certified educators by meeting specific work experience and academic criteria.
Overview of Alternative Means of Teacher Certification in Connecticut
The Connecticut State Department of Education offers certification to individuals who satisfy certain teaching work experience as well as approved alternative certification programs. The general requirements for an Initial Certificate for an alternative educator are summarized in the table below.
|Education/Experience Required||Bachelor's degree|
|Common Exam Requirements|| Praxis Core and Praxis II Subject Area |
ACTFL (for world language certification)
|Typical Certification Renewal Period||Three years|
|Requirements for Renewal||Submission of the application form and application fee|
|Average Teacher Salaries in CT (2018)*||$43,350 (preschool), $75,480 (elementary), $76,130 (middle school), $76,980 (secondary)|
|Estimated National Job Growth (2016-2026)*||8% (preschool, primary, secondary, and special education teachers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Obtaining an Initial Certificate through Experience
This type of certification is applicable to persons who have been teaching in non-public schools. To apply for this certificate, the candidate would have earned a bachelor's degree and taught in a school. The candidate would need to present proof of their academic achievements as well as a Statement of Professional Experience document that must be completed by the Superintendent. A new form must be completed for each school at which the candidate has worked.
Obtaining an Initial Certificate through Teach for America (TFA)
This route to certification is available to members of the AmeriCorps network. In this program, candidates would need a bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates will need to provide proof of their academic achievements, references and submit to an interview. If successful, the candidate will teach in schools that have been deemed to be underserved.
Obtaining an Initial Certificate through Alternate Route to Certification (ARC)
The Connecticut State Board of education recognizes three ARC programs that offer certifications in certain high-needs areas of teaching:
- Charter Oak State College Early Childhood Education ARC Program
- Connecticut ARC Program
- Relay ARC Program
While all the programs require the candidate to have a bachelor's degree at a minimum, there are additional criteria for each option. The Charter Oak ARC program requires that the candidate pass the Praxis Core assessments as well as the Praxis subject Early Childhood assessment. Candidates must also have proof of early childhood teaching experience. To qualify for the Connecticut ARC program, candidates must pass the Praxis Core and relevant Praxis II subject area assessments, and persons wishing to teach a world language must pass the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) assessments. As part of the Relay ARC program, candidates are required to pass the edTPA exam relevant to the area they'd like to teach.
Persons who are applying for certification based on their work experience can submit their applications and pay their application fee through the Connecticut State Department of Education online portal. Alternatively, the candidate can submit the completed application and supporting documents by mail. Official transcripts must be sent from the accredited college or university to firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons who are enrolled in alternate route programs will be guided by their institution regarding applying for certification.
The Initial Certificate is valid for three years, and educators with this certificate can renew it by submitting the relevant application form online and paying the renewal application fee. The fee can be paid by check or using a credit card when applying through the online portal. Educators can also upgrade their Initial Certificate to a Provisional Educator Certificate by completing the Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) program offered by approved providers in Connecticut and have at least ten school months of teaching experience. Alternatively, educators who have experience teaching in private schools or in another state can show 30 months of teaching within the past ten years.