English - Secondary English Education Program - Admissions

Department of English


Secondary Education Program

Secondary English Education Program




1. Completion of at least 45 credits, 15 of which have been earned at CCSU for secondary and all-level programs. Graduates of Connecticut community colleges may have this requirement waived; contact the Office of the Dean of Education and Professional Studies for details.

2. A minimum of 2.70 cumulative GPA at CCSU and a minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA including all undergraduate coursework taken at all institutions (including CCSU). Students may appeal for a waiver of the GPA requirement based on demonstrated academic ability and intervening life experience. Some programs, including English, have additional GPA requirements. See below.

3. Passing scores for Praxis Core Academic Skills Test or official waiver. The Praxis Core Academic Skills Tests are basic skills tests in reading, writing, and mathematics. Click here for details about Praxis Core. Click here for information on official waivers.

4. Competence in writing as evidenced by an essay demonstrating a command of the English language, describing why you want to teach and enroll in the professional program and emphasizing experiences relevant to teaching.

5. A successful interview demonstrating an acceptable standard of knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions important to effective teaching performance.

6. Satisfactory completion of or, in some cases, enrollment in, prerequisite courses and additional departmental requirements. Click here for details.

Professional Program Checklist

Below is a general list of items that are required to apply to the professional program. Once you create your TaskStream account, you will see any program specific requirements

Note: We recommend that transcript and waiver/ testing requirements be done 2-3 months before the
application deadline to allow time for processing. If official electronic transcripts are an option,
please chose them-they are ideal for TaskStream. Please make sure the transcript goes to you-not
CCSU-since you will need to upload them into TaskStream.

•Application form-completed in TaskStream

•Praxis Core waiver letter from Connecticut Department of Education OR Praxis Core test scores. Please attach the PDF showing your passing scores. Attaching the PDF into TaskStream assures that we have the scores.

•Two letters of recommendation

•Essay demonstrating a command of the English language, describing why you want to teach and enroll in the Professional Program for Teacher Certification, emphasizing experiences relevant to teaching. Essay must be typed.

•Course and work schedule indicating availability for interviews

•Official non-CCSU transcripts from all institutions attended even if coursework did not transfer to CCSU. If you have taken AP courses in high school that are listed under another college, you will need to get an official transcript from that college also. Have transcripts sent directly to you and submit them with the application. "Issued to Student" transcripts with official signatures and/or on transcript paper may be submitted. The Assistant Dean orders CCSU transcripts.


• GPA in all English courses of 3.00 or better.

• Students must have COMPLETED, before applying to the professional program, the four 200-level surveys, LING 200, Shakespeare (ENG 220, 461 or 462), and ENG 449.

• At least one of the two required letters of recommendation must come from a college instructor of English and must speak to candidate's ability to understand and articulate responses to challenging literary works and ability to write clearly and well.

• As of Spring 2013, English BSED students are not required to have a minor. Students declaring the major before Spring 2013 must complete a minor, which DOES NOT have to be one the English dept. minors, although it may be.

• Students should take ENG 298 early, ideally after they have taken a survey course or two but before they begin their upper-level courses.

• Students who get lower than a "B" in these prerequisite classes should repeat them ahead of applying for the program.

• There are alternative routes to the classroom, most notably a BA followed by our Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program. Mary Pat Bigley in the School of Ed. (2-2112) is an excellent resource for information of this sort.