Elementary and Secondary Education

Information about Teaching Certifications

All candidates for teaching certification programs must be matriculated into a degree program. Information about prerequisite requirements for current and pending degree and certification programs is available from the GSEAP dean's office, the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission, the University website, and from the department faculty. Potential candidates are encouraged to discuss these prerequisites with program faculty or graduate admissions staff before or during the admission process. Information about the most recent certification requirements and applications for certification can be downloaded directly from the Connecticut State Department of Education website.

Prerequisites for Initial Certification:

  1. Matriculation in the Secondary Education MA program, the Elementary Education MA program, and the Special Education SYC with initial certification program following review of all application materials, academic credentials, and an interview with faculty.
  2. Minimum academic credentials for certification include:
    1. An earned bachelor's degree that includes an appropriate major for the certification sought. (Additional course requirements are required for some licensure subjects. Consult state regulations and program faculty for details.)
    2. Additional courses as required for the content area.
    3. Additional general education coursework as specified in CT state regulations and program requirements.
    4. A survey course in US history covering at least 50 years (only required for Elementary Education majors)
    5. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.67. A minimum 3.00 GPA in the major or certification subject area.
    6. Submit scores from the PRAXIS Core, SAT, ACT, or GRE exam.
    7. Passing score on appropriate edTPA portfolio tasks.
    8. Completion of all required program courses.
    9. Passing scores on the appropriate required subject area assessment(s): PRAXIS II, Foundations of Reading or ACTFL tests (World language candidates must pass the ACTFL OPI and WPT with a minimum score of Advanced Low. It is recommended that candidates take the tests early in their program in case additional world language coursework is required).
    10. Successful completion of all program expectations and recommendation by program faculty for certification.

Student Teaching Waivers

Candidates who have completed 10 school months of successful teaching within 10 years prior to entry into an approved program (at the grade level, subject or field appropriate to the endorsement area, excluding substitute teaching) may apply to the State of Connecticut for a waiver of the student teaching requirements. The waiver must be recommended by the candidate's department. Candidates who qualify should request a waiver immediately upon admission to the program. They should submit their requests in writing to the certification officer in the dean's office, with a copy to their advisor, along with a completed copy of State Department of Education form ED-126 and at least one year's worth of teaching evaluations from their supervisor.

Elementary Education Durational Shortage Area Permit

Completion of all prerequisites to student teaching is required for University endorsement on the DSAP. Candidates will enroll in a two-semester, six-credit sequence of University-supervised teaching and a three-credit student teaching seminar.

Secondary Education Durational Shortage Area Permit

Completion of all prerequisites to student teaching is required for University endorsement on the DSAP. Candidates will enroll in a two-semester, six-credit sequence of University-supervised teaching and a three-credit student teaching seminar.