Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Post-Baccalaureate Programs for Teacher Certification

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree may pursue teacher certification through our Post-Baccalaureate Certification and the Master’s of Arts in Teaching programs. Post-baccalaureate programs do not result in master’s degrees. Students can seek certification in the following fields:

  • Elementary Education;

  • Secondary Education in the following subjects: biology, chemistry, earth sciences, English, French, general science, German, history/social studies, Italian, mathematics, physics, and Spanish;

  • Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten through grade 12 (PK/K–12) Education in the following subjects: art, music, physical education, special education, TESOL, and technology and engineering education; and

  • Master of Arts in Teaching—see the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog for information.

Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certification programs involves two distinct application processes. First, students must apply to the School of Graduate Studies through the CCSU Graduate Admissions Office. Students are admitted to the School of Graduate Studies at the pre-certification level and begin the program at this level. Once students have begun the program, they then apply for admission to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification through the Office of the Dean of Education and Professional Studies. Students admitted to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification are designated teacher candidates. Registration for professional-level education courses is restricted to teacher candidates admitted to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification.

Professional Program Admission and Planned Program

The Professional Program for Teacher Certification applications are located outside of Barnard Hall, Room 203. Applications to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification are processed twice a year. Submission deadlines are September 10 and February 10. The Professional Program Application has complete instructions about requirements for each program. Criteria for admission to the Professional Program include admission to a post-baccalaureate graduate program, current enrollment in classes at CCSU, an overall undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) from all institutions attended of 2.70 GPA, passing scores or a waiver for the Praxis I tests, an additional complete set of official transcripts (transcripts submitted to Graduate Admissions cannot be used), letters of reference addressing the students’ potential as teachers, an essay, and other program-specific materials listed on the application. Students also must participate in a Professional Program interview.

In addition to the overall undergraduate GPA, several programs have GPA requirements in their major for admission to the Professional Program. Art Education, English, History and Social Studies, and Physical Education, require a 3.00 GPA in the content area, while Mathematics requires a 2.70 GPA in the major.

The application review and admission process takes from 6 to 8 weeks and is completed before pre-registration for the following semester.

The Connecticut State Department of Education will issue a Praxis I waiver based on specific SAT, ACT, PAA, or GRE scores. Testing and waiver requirements are subject to change by the State of Connecticut without prior notification. Information about the waiver application and criteria for receiving a Praxis I waiver are available at Henry Barnard 203 or from the Connecticut State Department of Education at http://www.ctcert.org/. Information on registering for the Praxis tests are also available at Henry Barnard 203 or from Educational Testing Service at www.ets.org. Students should allow 10–12 weeks to receive Praxis I scores or waivers.

Program Planning. Post-baccalaureate students must meet all course and laboratory requirements specified in particular teacher education programs. Students in post-baccalaureate certification programs also are required to satisfy certain general education and subject matter major requirements, regardless of their bachelor’s degree areas.

A transcript evaluation is completed for each student to identify the specific courses that must be completed for certification. An official “Planned Program” is prepared for the student based on this evaluation as part of the Graduate Studies admission process.

 

  • Connecticut certification regulations are subject to change without notice to teacher candidates. These changes can impact the official Planned Program. Teacher candidates must meet the certification regulations in place at the time they apply to the Connecticut State Department of Education for certification, regardless of what their Planned Programs required. Advisors work with teacher candidates to adjust their planned programs to reflect changes in regulations. It is essential that teacher candidates regularly review their Planned Programs with their advisors so that changes in regulations can be incorporated into the official Planned Programs. Teacher candidates are responsible for insuring that their Planned Programs meet all certification requirements that will be in effect at the time they plan to complete their certification programs.

  • All post-baccalaureate certification students, regardless of program, must have the following general education courses:

    • PSY 236 or a developmental or life span psychology course;

    • HIST 161 or HIST 162 or a survey of American history course; and

    • Coursework in four of the following areas: sciences, mathematics, English, fine arts, foreign language.

These are requirements of the State of Connecticut and cannot be waived by advisors or the University. A course in developmental or life span psychology is a prerequisite for courses in the Professional Program.


  • The Planned Program for all teacher education candidates, except for those in Special Education, must include the following Professional Program courses: SPED 315 (or 501), EDF 415, EDTE 314, 315, or 316, methods courses, student teaching, a course in educational technology, and other courses as required by the teacher candidate’s specific program. These courses are restricted to teacher candidates admitted to the Professional Program. Special Education programs have different requirements listed under the special education department.

 

  • Once the Planned Program has been prepared, students should meet with their designated advisors to develop sequence and schedule plans to complete the programs in a timely manner.

 

  • Note: Most 400-level courses and all 300-level and below courses that apply to post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs are found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Field Experiences.
Post-baccalaureate certification programs incorporate school-based field experiences each semester to accompany campus-based classes. The final semester of the program is full-time, semester-long student teaching. These experiences provide teacher candidates the opportunities to apply and develop their pedagogical knowledge. By their very nature, these experiences are completed during the school day and teacher candidates are responsible for arranging to attend and complete these experiences at their assigned schools.

CCSU does not accept prior teaching experience or current employment in the schools for program field experiences or student teaching.

 

Fingerprint-Based Background Check

Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all students in teacher or educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. The procedures for obtaining the background checks and the length of time they are valid is established by the State Department of Education and the local RESC, and cannot be changed. Students are 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, students need to be fingerprinted. Students who fail to pass the background check may be unable to complete their chosen degree or certification program at Central Connecticut State University. The University is not responsible for a student’s inability to complete their chosen degree or certification program.

Post Baccalaureate students who are currently employed in the Public Schools but whose fingerprinting is not current or was not completed through CREC may be required to complete the background check again before participating in field experiences in the schools. Current school employees with background checks in place but who are placed in field experiences outside of the district where they are employed may also be required to complete a new background check.

 

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