To work as a licensed teacher in Connecticut, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree from and approved teaching school and obtain teacher certification. The individual must also complete any required fieldwork experience and pass the Praxis tests.
Aspiring teachers must also take courses related to the subjects they wish to teach. Listed below are some of the Connecticut teaching schools and programs they offer.
The School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) offers several bachelor and graduate teaching programs. CCSU offers Bachelor of Science programs in elementary education (1-6), secondary education (7-12) and several bachelor degree programs specific areas of student such as music, art, physical education and technology education. Both the elementary and secondary programs offer students various areas of concentration. Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) has CAEP-approved programs that can prepare teachers to teach in any grade they desire.
Students can choose from B.S. certification programs in early childhood education; early childhood teacher credential; secondary education and liberal studies major. The University of Bridgeport not only has bachelor degree programs but also dual-degree programs where the student can earn a bachelor and master degree in five years while still allowing time for resident teaching. UB also offers internship programs to teaching students.
CCSU offers Master of Science degree programs in art education; early childhood education; educational leadership; special education; reading and language arts; physical education; music education and elementary education. In addition to a mathematics Master of Arts program that offers three areas of concentration, the school has M.A.T. programs with specializations in various subjects.
ECSU offers Master of Science programs in early childhood education, reading and language arts, educational technology, elementary education and secondary education. The university also offers graduate programs specifically for certification in early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education as well as two “early start” option programs.
UB offers Master of Science programs in elementary education and secondary education as well as teacher certification programs in elementary education, remedial reading and language arts, music and secondary academic subjects (grade 7-12). The university also offers a sixth-year option for students who already have a master degree but want to be certified in a specific area.
CCSU has several certification programs in the form of post baccalaureate teacher preparation programs in subjects like art education, music education physical education, biology, English and history, among others. These programs are for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree but want to be certified as a teacher. CCSU also offers a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Students who have completed all teaching requirements but need certification can attend a certification seminar offered at ECSU.
Students at UB can obtain certification in various areas such as remedial reading and language arts, intermediate administration and supervision, music and elementary education. Of special interest is the secondary academic subject program that helps student obtain certification in history, music, remedial reading, science and English.