TEACHER PREPARATION: PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM AND CERTIFICATION


PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM AND CERTIFICATION

TESTING REQUIREMENTS

The Connecticut General Statutes require a series of teacher assessments to assure that every prospective teacher has (1) essential skills in mathematics, reading, and writing; (2) subject knowledge competence; and (3) professional knowledge competence.

PRAXIS I

Required of all Teacher Candidates

The Praxis I tests are basic skills tests in reading, writing, and mathematics required prior to admission to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification. The tests can be taken one, two, or all three at a time and are designed to be taken early in a student's career.  Click here for more information.  

PRAXIS II

Required of all Teacher Candidates except for Modern Language students

The Praxis II: Subject Assessments measure a student’s knowledge of the subjects they will teach. The tests also measure a student’s general and subject-specific pedagogical skills and knowledge.  Praxis II tests are given several times a year and it is generally recommended that a student take the test either during the semester they are student teaching or the semester prior to that. While passing Praxis II is not a requirement for graduation, or program completion in the case of post-baccalaureate students, teacher candidates must pass the appropriate Praxis II assessment to be eligible for Connecticut certification. Click here for more information. 

CONNECTICUT FOUNDATIONS OF READING TEST

Required for Elementary Education Teacher Candidates

The Foundations of Reading test reflects scientifically based reading research and tests the candidate’s proficiency in and depth of understanding of the subject of reading and writing development.  Click here for more information. 

AMERICAN COUNCIL on the TEACHING of FOREIGN LANGUAGES (ACTFL)

Required for Modern Language Teacher Candidates

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