Teacher Preparation: Professional Program 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.

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.

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 Departments and Programs.

Therefore, Central 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

Selective Admission to Professional Program for Teacher Certification

The state of Connecticut requires that students be admitted to teacher preparation programs only after they have met admission criteria. These criteria and the admission process are outlined here. Admission as a student to Central does not automatically guarantee admission to a professional program. The selective admission process requires considerable advanced planning.