Teaching Education Degrees in Connecticut

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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website
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To work as a licensed teacher in Connecticut, you must have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an 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.

  • 135 teaching programs in Connecticut accredited by CAEP
  • 45 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • 48 CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in Connecticut

Connecticut has three certification levels – Initial Educator Certificate, Provisional Certificate, and Professional Educator Certificate. The Initial Certificate is valid for three years, the Provisional for eight years, and the Professional for eight years and is renewable every five years. Certification as a Connecticut teacher requires the following.

Requirements to Teach in Connecticut

  • Appropriate college credit hours
  • Teacher preparation course
  • Specific standardized testing

A Bachelor’s degree is part of the Connecticut prerequisite coursework. Successful completion of a state-approved educator program addressing professional and general academic education from a regionally accredited university or college is required.

Teacher Certification Programs are available on-site and online. They typically include a fieldwork student teaching component in the area to be taught, a classroom skills seminar, and educational theory. Connecticut requires passing the Praxis I Core exam in mathematics, writing, and reading, and the Praxis II Subject Test that shows competence in a subject area being taught. Foreign Language teachers must complete the ACTFL Proficiency Assessments. Those having teaching credentials from some other state may be certified through an interstate reciprocity program.

Online Teaching Degrees at Connecticut Universities

Some universities do offer various education-based courses through distance learning, such as a hybrid doctoral degree in educational leadership. The hybrid program allows students to complete some courses online and others on campus. More than 45 colleges in the state offer some sort of education programs online.

There are also many online colleges with teaching programs that accept applicants from Connecticut. You will see some of these universities such as the below throughout this website.

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Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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Scholarship/Financial Aid Available

There are many opportunities for Connecticut teacher hopefuls to reduce the need to repay loans or qualify for financial incentives that make training and teaching more affordable. Loan forgiveness, scholarships, and other financial assistance are available. There are approximately 100 national financial opportunities explicitly designed for those interested in a teaching career. Here are some of the available opportunities.

  • Alma Exley Scholarship Program – Students of color, enrolled in a Connecticut educator program, are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • CHESLA (Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority) offers an annual fixed rate of 4.95% to residents of Connecticut who plan to become certified teachers.
  • Connecticut Minority Incentive Grant and Weisman Teacher Scholarship is a combination of a $2500 loan reimbursement and a $5000 scholarship for a student of color.
  • Connecticut Finance Housing Authority has a Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program that offers 0.125% off loan interest rates for those who teach in high-needs districts or subject shortage areas.
  • DiGiovanni Future Teacher Scholarship Fund offers a scholarship to a student whose guardian is an employee of the Connecticut Education Association.

Requirements to Qualify for In-State Tuition

Connecticut students must live in Connecticut for a minimum of one year (source at CT.gov). Emancipated persons who are full-time Connecticut students must clearly demonstrate their intention to establish a domicile in Connecticut.

There are two significant exceptions.

  1. Children of military personnel stationed in Connecticut are charged in-state tuition.
  2. Full-time employees of Connecticut, their spouses, and dependents may apply for residency after six months of living in Connecticut if there is proof the employee does not live in Connecticut for the primary purpose of becoming a full-time student.

Proof of residency requirements

All institutions in Connecticut require submission of documents that prove residency. The records include high school transcripts, parents’ tax filings, and other documents that may consist of employment and bank account information, car registration, voter registration, military home of record evidence, and a valid driver’s license. Institutions have discretion in determining what constitutes proof of residency and the weight given to the documentation presented by the applicants.

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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of the Best CAEP Accredited Teaching Degrees in Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University
New Britain
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Educational Administration 6th year cert- Building Level ELCC
  • Post Masters in Educational Administration Superintendents Certificate Program ELCC
  • Post Bachelors in Elementary (Post bac cert) ACEI
  • Bachelors in Elementary BSED ACEI
  • Bachelors in English BSED NCTE
  • Post Bachelors in English Post Bacc Cert NCTE
  • Bachelors in History/Social Studies BSED NCSS
  • Post Bachelors in History/Social Studies Post Bacc Cert NCSS
  • Bachelors in Mathematics BSED NCTM
  • Bachelors in Modern Language BSED ( Italian, Spanish, French, German) ACTFL
  • Post Bachelors in Modern Language Post Bacc Cert ( Italian, Spanish, French, German) ACTFL
  • Bachelors in Physical Education BSED NASPE
  • Post Bachelors in Physical Education Post Bacc Cert NASPE
  • Masters in Reading Consultant 6th yr Certificate ILA
  • Bachelors in Science Education BSED NSTA
  • Post Bachelors in Science Education Post Baccalaureate Certification NSTA
  • Masters in Special Education MS (Initial) CEC
  • Post Bachelors in Special Education Post Bac Cert (Initial) CEC
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic
CAEP
  • Masters in Early Childhood Grad NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Undergrad NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education Undergraduate ACEI
  • Masters in English Education Secondary Graduate NCTE
  • Bachelors in English Education Secondary Undergraduate NCTE
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Masters in Secondary Biology and Earth Science grad NSTA
  • Masters in Secondary Social Studies Grad NCSS
  • Bachelors in Secondary Social Studies Undergrad NCSS
Fairfield University
Fairfield
CAEP
  • Masters in 5-Year Secondary Mathematics Education NCTM
  • Masters in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
  • Masters in Secondary Education English- Graduate NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education- Engish Undergraduate NCTE
  • Masters in Secondary Education- Foreign Language Graduate ACTFL
  • Masters in Secondary Education- Math Graduate NCTM
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education- Sciences NSTA
  • Masters in Secondary Education- Sciences Graduate NSTA
  • Masters in Special Education CEC
  • Masters in TESOL TESOL
Quinnipiac University
Hamden
CAEP
  • Masters in biology NSTA
  • Post Masters in Educational Leadership ELCC
  • Masters in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in English language Arts Education NCTE
  • Masters in Social Studies Education - History NCSS
  • Masters in spanish ACTFL
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield
CAEP
  • Post Masters in Administration and Supervision (building level) ELCC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program (CLSP) ILA
  • Post Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary English Education NCTE
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Science: Biology NSTA
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Science: Chemistry NSTA
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Science: General Science NSTA
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Social Studies NCSS
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary World Language: Spanish ACTFL
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, N-Grade 3 NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education / Bilingual Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education / Special Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English (7-12) NCTE
  • Masters in English (7-12) - Post Bacc NCTE
  • Bachelors in Foreign Language - Spanish ACTFL
  • Post Bachelors in Foreign Language - Spanish - Post Bacc ACTFL
  • Post Bachelors in Graduate Early Childhood Program N-Grade 3 NAEYC
  • Bachelors in History / Social Studies NCSS
  • Doctorate in Intermediate Administration - EdD EDL ELCC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Intermediate Administration - SYC EDL ELCC
  • Bachelors in Mathematics (7-12) NCTM
  • Post Bachelors in Mathematics (7-12) - Post Bacc NCTM
  • Bachelors in Physical Education (Exercise Science) NASPE
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Reading/Language Arts Consultant - SYC ILA
  • Masters in Remedial Reading / Language Arts - Reading Specialist ILA
  • Masters in School Health AAHE
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
  • Bachelors in Science Education - Biology NSTA
  • Masters in Science Education - Biology - Post Bacc NSTA
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
  • Masters in Special Education - Post Bacc CEC
  • Bachelors in Special Education / Elementary Education (dual) CEC
The University of Hartford
West Hartford
CAEP
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education PK -3 Graduate NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education PK-3 Undergraduate NAEYC
  • Masters in Elementary Education – Graduate ACEI
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education – Undergraduate ACEI
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
  • Bachelors in Secondary English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Math NCTM
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport
CAEP
  • Post Masters in Educational Administration & Supervision - 092 ELCC
  • Masters in Elementary Education K-6 ACEI
  • Masters in English Education 7-12 NCTE
  • Masters in Mathematics Education 7-12 NCTM
  • Post Masters in Reading & Language Arts Consultant - 097 Pk-12 ILA
  • Post Masters in Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts - 102 1-12 ILA
  • Masters in Science Education 7-12 NSTA
  • Masters in Social Studies Education 7-12 NCSS
University of Connecticut
Storrs
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Administrator Preparation Program (Building Level) ELCC
  • Masters in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in English (IB/M) NCTE
  • Masters in English (TCPCG) NCTE
  • Post Masters in Executive Leadership (Superintendent Level) ELCC
  • Masters in Foreign Languages ACTFL
  • Masters in Foreign Languages (TCPCG) ACTFL
  • Masters in Mathematics (TCPCG) NCTM
  • Masters in Reading and Language Arts ILA
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
  • Masters in Science NSTA
  • Masters in Science (TCPCG) NSTA
  • Masters in Social Studies NCSS
  • Masters in Social Studies 5-Year Bachelors/Masters NCSS
  • Masters in Special Education CEC
  • Masters in Special Education TCPCG CEC
University of New Haven
West Haven
CAEP
  • Masters in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in Secondary Education IL/PB
University of Saint Joseph
West Hartford
CAEP
  • Post Bachelors in Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Licensure NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Teacher Licensure ACEI
  • Post Bachelors in Elementary Teacher Licensure ACEI
  • Bachelors in Secondary Teacher Licensure: English NCTE
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Teacher Licensure: English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Teacher Licensure: Science NSTA
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Teacher Licensure: Science NSTA
  • Bachelors in Secondary Teacher Licensure: Social Studies NCSS
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Teacher Licensure: Social Studies NCSS
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Teacher Licensure: World Language ACTFL
  • Bachelors in Special Education Teacher Licensure CEC
  • Masters in Special Education Teacher Licensure CEC
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elememtary Education (K-6) ACEI
  • Bachelors in Health Education (PK-12) AAHE
  • 0 in Intermediate Administrator Building Level ELCC
  • 0 in Intermediate Administrator District Level ELCC
  • Masters in Master of Arts in Teaching IL/PB
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education (7-12) English NCTE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education (7-12) History/Social Studies NCSS
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education (7-12) Mathematics NCTM
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education (7-12)- Biology NSTA
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education (7-12)- Chemistry NSTA
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education (7-12)- Earth Science NSTA
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education (7-12)- Spanish ACTFL

Bachelor’s in Education Programs

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.

Master’s in Education Programs

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.

Teaching Certification & Specializations

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.