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About Programs in Connecticut
With the right preparation and mentorship, you can become a great teacher.
With the right preparation and mentorship, you can become a great teacher.

To become a certified teacher in Connecticut, you need to complete an approved educator preparation program (EPP). EPPs equip you with the skills and knowledge to teach in your chosen grade and subject. Not all EPPs are the same, so let’s break it down and find the right next step for you.

How to Pick an EPP

Programs vary in many ways, including size, duration, student demographics, requirements and more. As you compare different programs, consider how well each program prepares you to be learner-ready and successfully complete required assessments (such as edTPA).

The program you choose should meet the criteria below.

All CT educator preparation programs require clinical field experience. Everyone seems to agree: The more hands-on, pre-service experience in the classroom—where you observe and practice with an effective teacher who gives you helpful feedback—the better.

What can this look like?

Pre-service, hands-on field experience can come in a variety of forms, from one or two semesters of working full-time in an experienced teacher’s classroom (this is typically called student teaching) to working in a classroom full-time for one or more school years while enrolled in a program.

As a general rule of thumb, more pre-service experience is better, but quality definitely matters. Make sure to ask any programs you’re considering about what the pre-service experience includes, how they select cooperating teachers and how you will receive feedback on your practice.

Why is this important?

Practice makes perfect. In fact, teachers with more pre-service (or classroom) experience as a part of their preparation program are more likely to feel prepared for their first year in the classroom. Multiple opportunities to observe other teachers and practice teaching is important for success as a first-year teacher.

  • Hands on, preservice experience
  • Preparation for diverse populations
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Commitment to improvement

4 Ways to Complete Your Training

Everyone approaches the teaching profession differently. Select the tab that best meets your needs.

  • Complete your educator preparation program as part of your bachelor’s degree, reducing total cost and time.
  • Great for individuals who decide in high school or early in college that they want to become a teacher.

Heads up: All teachers in Connecticut must eventually earn a master’s degree, even if you get certified to teach through a bachelor-level program.

  • Undergraduate / Bachelor's
  • 5 Year Bachelor's / Master's
  • Post-baccalaureate / Master's
  • Post-baccalaureate Alternate (Non-credit)

Not All Programs Offer Everything

Double-check that your program:

  • Is approved in Connecticut.
  • Offers a credential in the grade and subject you want to teach. (Check out About Certification to search for yours.)

Find Programs

Ready to explore some EPPs? Check out the partner educator preparation programs in Connecticut to find a program that fits your preferences.

Need help thinking through your options? Chat with an expert to talk more about your choices for educator prep.

And remember, when you are ready to apply, keep track of your applications and take advantage of free advice and best practices.

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