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Professional Program in Teacher Education

Professor and Students

Teachers shape our world and help define how we see ourselves and others.  History and Social Studies teachers have the ever important job of helping to develop thinking, community-focused citizens.

Undergraduate BSED Candidates

Information for current and potential CCSU undergraduate students who want to become certified secondary (7-12) history/social studies teachers.

What Majors are Available?

  • BSED in History Major

What are the First Steps?

Students should let their advisor know of any interest in becoming a secondary history/social studies teacher as early as possible.  This is a degree program that is very specific in terms of courses and credits.  Not planning ahead can mean taking courses that you don’t need and thus it will take longer to graduate.  Our goal is to get your through your education in the most productive, efficient way possible.

Even if you aren’t sure that teaching is your ultimate goal, advisors can help to develop a plan of study that will prepare you for application to the Professional Program for Education should you decide to do so at a later time.  Advisors will also be help students decide when to apply to the Professional Program.

What is the Professional Program?

The Professional Program is the official program of teacher education. Typically, students apply to the Professional Program after completing approximately 60-70 credits (including some upper level classes) and having passed History 301 with a grade of “B” or better. The State of Connecticut requires that students be admitted to the Professional Program in teacher education only after they have met certain criteria. Admission to CCSU and pursuit of a BSED program does not guarantee admission to the Professional Program. Students must submit a formal application and pass an interview.

How Do I Apply to the Professional Program?

There is a lot of preparation involved in submitting a successful Professional Program application, so again, the earlier students begin the better the chances are of meeting deadlines.

Professional Program application deadlines are usually September 10 and February 10.  Applications are available at the Teacher Preparation websites of the School of Education and Professional Studies.

Before applying, be sure that minimum requirements are met:

  • School of Education Requirements
  • 2.70 or better cumulative GPA
  • 3.00 or better cumulative GPA for all of Social Science courses: Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science
  • A grade of “B” or better in History 301
  • Passage of the Praxis I Examination

How Do I Get Accepted into the Professional Program?

In addition these minimum requirements, students’ application essays must receive a passing score from the History Department’s Social Studies Committee, and students must pass an interview during which an applicants’ motivation, content knowledge, skills, and overall dispositions is evaluated. In order to pass the interview, applicants must score a 12 or above, with an average score in each area of 2 or above on the Interview Rubric.

What Happens After I am Accepted?

Once students are accepted into the Professional Program the Social Studies Coordinator, Dr. John Day Tully of the History Department, takes over as faculty advisor.  Students will begin planning for their first semester of education courses, which ultimately culminates in a semester of student teaching.   

Students will take a sequence of courses that requires no less than three semesters and includes theoretical and field experience-based courses.

Important advising and student teaching information is available on the Advising Information for Current Professional Program Students page.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. You will be responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it. As part of the background check, you will be fingerprinted. If you fail to pass the background check, you may be unable to complete your chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University.  The University will not be responsible for your inability to complete your chosen degree program.


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