Degree Programs and Certification


It is important to understand the distinction between obtaining a degree from Central Connecticut State University and obtaining a teaching certificate from the state of Connecticut. Students seeking a degree in education should also understand the subject-matter major requirement that applies to all teacher candidates. Both of these points are explained below. 


Obtaining a Degree and Obtaining a Teaching Certificate

Central Connecticut State University has the authority to grant a bachelor's degree to any student who successfully completes all the requirements of a particular program of study. A degree, however, does not automatically lead to a teaching certificate. 

The state of Connecticut grants the teaching certificate after a candidate:

  • Completes a bachelor's degree and an approved program of professional study;
  • Passes required tests for teachers; and
  • Is recommended by the Certification Officer in the office of the dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies.

The Subject-Matter Major Requirement

School teachers in the state of Connecticut are required to have a major in a particular subject field. This is referred to as the subject-matter major. The various subject-matter majors are listed under teacher education.

Therefore, CCSU teacher candidates seeking a degree in education must:

  • Successfully complete all professional course work and fieldwork experiences in education; and
  • Fulfill all requirements for a subject-matter major.
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