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Central Connecticut State University

Founded in 1849 as the New Britain Normal School Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is Connecticut’s oldest publicly-supported institution of higher education. The school became the Teachers College of Connecticut in 1933 when it began offering four-year baccalaureate degrees.

In 2016, CCSU’s undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs were ranked as the highest-rated teacher preparation program in the state by ToBecomeATeacher.org. Comprised of four schools—Business; Education & Professional Studies; Engineering, Science & Technology; and the Carol Ammon College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences—CCSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the master's degree and sixth-year levels, and an EdD in Educational Leadership.

CCSU is a vibrant, learning-centered community dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences, and to education for the professions. CCSU’s mission focuses on development and application of knowledge and ideas through research and outreach activities. We prepare students to be thoughtful, responsible and successful citizens. Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels balances academic challenge and personal support, leading students to become thoughtful, responsible and successful citizens. The faculty's commitment to scholarly inquiry ensures the intellectual vitality of our classrooms.

  • College or University
  • New Britain, CT
Institution Links
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Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Science in Special Education
Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program
48 months
Program Duration
Program duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
Coursework Format
December 1st, 2019
Application Deadline
Program Info

The following Central Teaching Practices are the cornerstone of CCSU’s teacher preparation programs: 

  • Central to Planning for Learning: Central teachers plan engaging instruction that is responsive to students’ needs and backgrounds.
  • Central to Instruction: Central teachers implement instruction that fosters student engagement while checking for understanding and adjusting instruction.
  • Central to Assessing Learning: Central teachers select and develop equitable methods to assess student learning.
  • Central to Creating a Positive Learning Environment: Central teachers build on students’ cultural, personal and community assets to support independence and interdependence in learning for all students.
  • Central to the Professional Responsibilities of Teaching: Central teachers interact collaboratively in professional roles beyond the classroom, developing goals for professional growth and a plan to pursue them.
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Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
Application Fee
Cost Offsets
Students at Central Connecticut State University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Central Connecticut State University to see if you can, too!
CCSU Foundation Scholarships

Over 25 CCSU Foundation Scholarships are available to students once they have been formally accepted into the professional program.

Work Study

Work study opportunities are available for eligible students.

For more information visit: Financial Aid Office
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Grade Level
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Special Education and Teaching
  • Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language
Subject Area(s)
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English/Language Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • French Language
  • Geography
  • Social Studies/History
  • Math
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Spanish Language
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts
  • General Education

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

CCSU's teacher preparation programs are grounded in carefully planned and sequenced coursework that provides students with rich learning opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions of the teaching profession. Thoughtfully designed field-based practice opportunities increase in complexity and culminate in a semester-long clinical student teaching placement. Field-based preparation opportunities are carefully sequenced across a variety of school placements and grade levels.

  • Sequence I
  • Sequence II
  • Sequence III
  • Sequence IV

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience
  • Preparation for Diverse Populations
  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • Commitment to Improvement
Total Enrollment
Entry GPA Min Undergrad Eligibility
Entry GPA Med
Program Completers
Acceptance Rate
  • Male
  • Female
  • 26%
  • 74%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 0%
  • 1%
  • 3%
  • 9%
  • 0%
  • 84%
  • 3%
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