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For School Employees
Do you work or volunteer in a Connecticut school? Turn your current job into a rewarding teaching career. Sign up to learn more!

Calling all paraeducators, substitutes, support staff and volunteers!

We know you already have classroom experience and a commitment to education—that makes you uniquely qualified to become a teacher. TEACH Connecticut and our partner educator preparation programs offer support and resources to get you started on the path to earning your teacher certification.

  • 3,000
    New teachers hired every year.
  • $72,000
    Average teacher salary.
  • 14
    Partner educator preparation providers.

Here’s What it Takes

To become a teacher in Connecticut, you need at least one teacher certification endorsement. To get it, follow the steps below.

  1. Earn your degree.

    If you haven’t earned your bachelor’s degree, several programs allow you to earn it and your certification at the same time. If you’re thinking about a master’s degree or other post-baccalaureate program, we’ve got you covered there too. 

  2. Complete an educator preparation program.

    Decide the grades and subjects you want to teach, and explore the prep programs offered by our 14 partner providers, including programs for working professionals and school employees.

    For more details about getting certified to teach, check out our About Certification page.

  3. Pass state certification assessments.

    We’ve got a good intro to the different assessments you may need, along with resources for test preparation in our Guide to Assessments. Your program can guide you in deciding which tests you’ll need to take and when.

Paths to Teaching

You need a pathway to certification that works for your unique background and lifestyle. For many school employees and volunteers, that means finding programs that allow you to continue working (and won’t leave you in debt).

You don’t need to quit your job in order to earn your teacher certification.

Strategies to consider:

  • If you need to earn an undergraduate degree, some degree programs offer part-time options that allow you to keep your job. You may choose to earn your degree first, then enroll in an educator preparation program for school employees or one with a paid internship.
  • If you already have a degree, consider an alternate route to certification or graduate program through one of the programs featured below.
  • Consider getting certified in a state-designated shortage area, such as special education or world languages. This may qualify you for a special permit to teach and earn while you complete your certificate.
  • Earn While You Learn

    You don’t need to quit your job in order to earn your teacher certification.

    Strategies to consider:

    • If you need to earn an undergraduate degree, some degree programs offer part-time options that allow you to keep your job. You may choose to earn your degree first, then enroll in an educator preparation program for school employees or one with a paid internship.
    • If you already have a degree, consider an alternate route to certification or graduate program through one of the programs featured below.
    • Consider getting certified in a state-designated shortage area, such as special education or world languages. This may qualify you for a special permit to teach and earn while you complete your certificate.
  • Use Your Benefits

    Some school employees may be able to use professional development time or tuition reimbursement programs to complete an educator preparation program.

    Strategies to consider:

    • Ask your supervisor about available professional development time, especially if you’re a paraprofessional or you’re getting certified for a critical needs subject area such as special education or English as a second language.
    • Many schools and districts in Connecticut offers tuition reimbursement for employees taking courses to advance their careers. Your undergraduate or postgraduate educator preparation program may count. Check your employment contract or ask your supervisor!
  • Consider an In-Demand Subject Area

    You’ll have more job opportunities and more ways to fund your education if you teach in a state-designated shortage area.

    Strategies to consider:

    • If you’re already serving in a special education setting, you’re a great candidate for certification in comprehensive special education, K-12.
    • If you’re fluent in a language other than English, consider English as a second language (TESOL), bilingual education or world languages—they are all certification shortage areas.
    • You may be eligible for a durational shortage area permit (DSAP), which would allow you teach full-time while working towards your certification. 
    • You’ll have additional options for loan forgiveness teaching in a high-needs area, so you can feel more confident if you need to take education loans for your program.

    If you're still exploring your options, talk to a coach for personalized advice.

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Talk to a TEACH Connecticut Coach

We get it—becoming a teacher is a big decision with many choices to make along the way. You don’t have to do it alone. A coach can walk you through program options, application steps, and answer any questions you have along the way.

If you’re not sure about your path quite yet, you can talk to a Connecticut teacher to get advice, weigh career options and feel encouraged to make an informed choice.

From paraprofessional to teacher, Megan Kellogg recounts her unique experience in pursuing her passion.

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If you're ready to level up your career in education, coaches are ready with personalized advice and insights to help you along the way. 

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