Connecticut Early Childhood Education
Connecticut State Teacher Certification
Teaching jobs in public schools require that you have at least a Bachelor's degree and Connecticut state teacher certification.
The traditional path to certification is to complete a teacher preparation program at a college or university.
These programs may be part of a Bachelor's or a Master's degree program. They include a sequence of courses and a student teaching
placement. There are also "Alternative Routes" to becoming a teacher for people who already have a Bachelor's degree.
: Teachers are certified in subjects and grade levels called
"endorsement areas." In Connecticut there are two early childhood endorsements...
- Early Childhood Birth-to-Kindergarten -- With this endorsement you can teach regular and special education children from birth
through kindergarten. It is endorsement number 112.
- Early Childhood Nursery-to-Grade 3 - With this endorsement you can teach regular and special education children ages 3 through
kindergarten and regular education students in grades 1 through 3. It is endorsement number 113.
There are standard entry and exit testing requirements for teacher certification programs. These apply
to both traditional and alternative route programs.
- Praxis I: This is a test of reading, writing and math skills. It is required before you enter a teacher preparation program.
- Praxis II: This is a test of your knowledge of your endorsement area. You typically take this test at the end of your teacher preparation program.
Praxis II is currently required for the Nursery-to-Grade 3 endorsement, but not for the Birth-to-Kindergarten endorsement.
Alternative Route to Certification (ARC): There are two early childhood ARC programs in Connecticut.
For more information see:
- Early Childhood ARC for Birth-to-Kindergarten - Teachers with experience working with young children can obtain this
endorsement through an accelerated pathway at Charter Oak State College.
- Early Childhood ARC Nursery-to-Grade 3 - Certified teachers with an elementary endorsement can obtain this additional
endorsement through an accelerated pathway at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Connecticut State Department of
Education "How to become a Certified Teacher in Connecticut
Teacher preparation programs that lead to teacher certification.