Most university and program applications include the following parts:
- Personal information.
- Academic history & transcripts.
- Test results.
- Supplemental materials.
Your EPP will provide guidance on how you should fill out each section. You might upload documents in an application portal, email them or mail original documents.
We know you’re diligent, responsible and capable. 😍 But rockstar qualities aside, double-check which documents your program requires and their method of delivery. Make sure that you are not missing any information. Failing to fill out certain fields could jeopardize your acceptance to the program.
Whether you’re using a university’s application system or a different process, most EPPs require similar materials. For instance, all EPPs will ask you to enter your background information. This section commonly includes your name, address, email, phone number and social security number.
Even though you will submit copies of your transcripts, you might get general questions about your GPA and academic or professional history in this section too. Gather all of your documents before you begin an application.
Academic History & Transcripts
For most EPP applications, your transcripts will provide proof of your academic history. When requested, include your transcript as part of your application.
You may be able to upload unofficial transcripts for the initial application, but you will need to formally request your official transcripts before (or shortly after) you are admitted. Contact the Transcript Office (or equivalent) of the school(s) you attended, and follow their procedures to request your transcripts. Budget at least three to five days for processing. Some schools will send transcripts via mail; others may have electronic copies.
In your request, be sure to specify:
- Your name and/or student ID number.
- How many copies of your transcript you need.
- Your signature.
If you are applying to an undergraduate program at the same school you currently attend, you may not need to send physical copies of your transcripts—your school may already have access. When in doubt, check with the program.
All candidates for educator certification must take a core academic skills test and most must pass state-required subject area assessment(s). When you must take these tests and submit scores will depend on your educator preparation program. The Applications at a Glance section above outlines typical requirements.
- The core academic skills test. In general, all applicants will submit scores from a core academic skills test, such as the SAT, ACT, GRE or the Praxis I, when you first apply.
- The subject area assessment. If you’re applying to an undergraduate program, you probably won’t have to take the Praxis II subject area assessment before you apply to your EPP. If you’ve already earned your bachelor’s degree, you should register for the test before applying and may need to submit your scores when you apply.
Check out our Testing Guide for more details on the Praxis tests and other required assessments, such as edTPA portfolio-based assessment all teacher candidates must submit as a part of your student teaching experience.
Finally, some subject areas and programs have additional testing requirements in writing or language. This is where an application checklist can help keep you on track.
Keep copies of all of your application materials and have extra score reports on hand, if possible. Now is a great time to flex your organizational muscles. You know you’ll need them as a teacher!
All EPPs require additional application materials, thought timing and submission processes vary. The most common supplemental materials for Connecticut EPPs include:
- Departmental paper application.
- Resumé or CV.
- Letters of recommendation or contact information for references.
- Essay responses or a personal statement.
- Background check/fingerprinting.