Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP)

What is a Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP)?

A Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP) is a process by which a school or district can hire a teacher candidate to fill a need in a designated shortage area. Special education has been identified as a shortage area in Connecticut.

Who is eligible for a DSAP?

Teacher candidates enrolled in a teacher certification program that has been designated as a shortage area by the Connecticut State Department of Education may be eligible to accept a teaching position under a DSAP. The DSAP teaching position must be a permanent teaching position in the same content area as the candidate's Planned Program. Central’s School of Education and Professional Studies or Department of Special Education may choose to not support or participate in a DSAP request for any reason.

To be eligible for a DSAP teacher candidates must:

  • Be admitted to Central and the Special Education Professional Program
  • Have an approved Planned Program in Special Education
  • Successfully complete a minimum of twelve (12) special education graduate/undergraduate credits of their Planned Program
  • Complete ED 177 Application Form by school, student and Centrals’s Certification Officer

To be eligible for a DSAP Reissuance (Year 2 of DSAP) teacher candidates must:

  • Pass Praxis II (ETS # 0543/5543) Special Education Core Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Applications

Does a DSAP replace student teaching?

  • In lieu of student teaching, Central requires two semesters of supervision by a university faculty (first time certification and cross endorsement teacher candidates with less than three years of teaching experience register for ED 582 at the start of the DSAP position and SPED program and ED 583 after completing all of the SPED certification program methods courses.

What else is recommended for certification?

  • DSAP candidates must earn a passing score on:
    • edTPA portfolio
    • Foundations of Reading Test 190 (SA 190)

Additional information regarding DSAP can be found at the Connecticut State Department of Education Website .

Contact Information

Megan Mackey
Department Chair
Special Education & Interventions
Center for Teaching and Innovation
Henry Barnard Hall
Heather Berte
Special Education & Interventions