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How to Become a Teacher

Can you see yourself in the classroom? We can, too.


This is how we do it

There are steps to becoming a teacher. They’re straight-forward and totally doable (with help from our free services). Let’s go! If you’re not up for these steps yet, no worries. Head over to Explore Teaching, and we’ll get our ducks in a row. ?

  • 3,000

    New teachers hired every year

  • $100

    Minimum financial support for users

  • 5

    Connecticut coaches to help you

  1. 1

    Know where you’re headed, certifiably.

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    To become a teacher, you’ll need to get certified, so review certification requirements up front. For 1-on-1 support, check out our free coaching options.

    Understand Certification
  2. 2

    Choose the program that fits you best.

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    When it comes time to choose a program that will help you get certified to teach, use our criteria to compare options. It’s easier to find a match when you know what to look for.

  3. 3

    Apply to a program with confidence.

    Female teacher talking with students

    To make it easier to keep track of next steps and deadlines, be sure to create an application checklist. (You can also get $100 back after you apply!) Read our guides for info on program eligibility and application best practices if you’re stuck.

  4. 4

    Fund your educator preparation.

    Male teacher with a group of young students

    Is affordability your priority? You’ve got options when it comes to funding your education, from work study to loans to scholarships. For the nitty-gritty details, check out our Finances guide.

Not ready to make the jump?

If you’re quaking in your boots because you aren’t sure teaching is for you, don’t abandon ship! Let’s get you pointed in the right direction.
  • Ask an Expert

    We’ve got expert advice on tap. Sign up for a phone call or texting buddy to get your questions answered 1-on-1.

    Get Advice
  • Check Your Fit

    Take a 5-minute quiz to see if teaching is the right career for you. You’ll get concrete next steps out the gate.

    Create a Roadmap
  • Explore Teaching

    Want to get a better idea of what teachers do day to day? Take a step back and discover what it’s like to teach in Connecticut.

    Learn More

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