Orientation to Certification for
General academic course work
Subject area major
Praxis I-Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or
Professional education program
Praxis II/ACTFL/Foundations of Reading
Short Form Application Process
for the Initial Educator Certificate
$200 (money order or bank check)
Experience form, if necessary
(Certain endorsements require
verification of experience)
Random Audit (approximately 10% of
applications received from your
Evaluation of official transcripts
Initial Educator Certificate issued
Mandated Background Checks
The State Board of Education is
required by statute to submit all
applicants, by name and date of
birth, to the State Police Bureau of
Identification for a state criminal
history records check.
Mandated Background Checks
Public Act No. 11-93, Section 1(g) requires
each applicant seeking an initial issuance or
renewal of a certificate, authorization or
permit to submit to a records check by the
Department of Children and Families (DCF)
child abuse and neglect registry established
pursuant to section 17a-101k. If notification
is received that the applicant is listed on the
DCF child abuse and neglect registry, the
application for the certificate, authorization or
permit must be denied.
will require each
person hired to
within 30 days of
Levels of Certification
Professional Educator Certificate
Valid for 5 years
Renewable upon application
Provisional Educator Certificate
Valid for 8 years
30 months of experience
Advanced course work requirements
Effective July, 1, 2016 master’s degree will be required
Initial Educator Certificate
Valid for 3 years
10 months of experience &
successful completion of TEAM
30 months of experience in approved
Validity of Certificates
Early Childhood, Elementary Education
and Middle Grades:
May teach in grade levels covered by the
May not teach up or down a grade level.
Secondary Subjects, Grades 7-12:
May teach down to grade 5 in a
World languages may teach down to grade 4.
Responsibility of the
individual to meet
course work and
for the cross
Application is made
directly to the Bureau of
Cross endorsement areas
Consider Endorsements in
World Language, 7-12
Hearing Impaired, PK-12
Comprehensive Special Education, K-12
School Library Media Specialist
Remedial Reading and Language Arts 1-12
Speech and Language Pathology
Intermediate Administration or Supervision
Facilitates the certification of teachers from
one state to another
NASDTEC (NIA) – 50 States & DC
Must be eligible for a Connecticut Certificate
Allows acceptance of preparation program
in teaching or special services areas.
Does not waive testing, experience or
advanced course work requirements.
Finding Your First Position
www.CTREAP.net and www.cea.org
Check Sunday newspapers
Join statewide/national association
related to your teaching area
Network with principal, human resource
director during student teaching and
Add an endorsement in a shortage area
Code of Professional
Equivalent to a code of ethics for educators
The Code provides:
Guiding principles for safe and productive
Responsibilities to students, profession and
Expectations for appropriate conduct both in
and outside of the classroom. As educators
you are held to a higher standard of behavior.
Expectations for Professional
You represent the profession in all that
Your email address should be professional.
Limit or avoid use of Facebook, Twitter and other
personal web accounts.
If you have accounts, remove statements and
pictures which could be misconstrued.
Avoid sharing personal/confidential information
with your students.
Dress and speak appropriately to students,
parents and staff.
Avoid Situations That May Be
Interpreted As Inappropriate
You have worked hard to receive certification.
Do not let “perception” jeopardize your career.
Avoid isolating yourself with a student.
Make arrangements for parents to drive students
to and from school activities- unless it is an
emergency, do not transport students in your car.
Do not engage in personal exchanges with
students via telephone, email, texting, twitter, etc.
Avoid inappropriate physical contact with
Pick-up and drop off materials in person
Submit questions in writing in person,
by regular mail, email, or FAX.
Speak to consultant during public phone
time to obtain general information or
obtain status of pending request
Services Not Available
Cannot provide individual consultations to walkin applicants
Cannot provide individual evaluations without
an application and fee on file
Cannot approve a course over the telephone
Cannot print a certificate on the day payment is
Cannot print individual certificates upon request
Cannot accept personal checks
165 Capitol Ave., Rm. 243, Hartford
For pick up of blank forms or drop off of materials only
Email: [email protected]
Response time 5-7 business days (on average).
24-hour access for status inquiry or faxed verification
Consultant support available 12 – 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday & Friday, general questions only
Response time 5-7 days