Frequently Asked Questions
about Undergraduate Programs Leading to Teaching Certification in the Education Unit at Eastern Connecticut State University
How does one become a teacher?
What academic preparation is necessary?
What are the certification programs offered at Eastern?
How early should I plan if I want to become a teacher candidate as an undergraduate?
What if I missed my opportunity to be a part of the undergraduate education program?
Who certifies me? Is it Eastern or the State of Connecticut?
To become a teacher in a public school in Connecticut, a teacher candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a subject area major other than Education from an accredited university and have completed a state-approved teacher certification program. If you have already completed a certification program in another state, please contact the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification. Contact: (860) 713-6969, email@example.com. For information on additional requirements for teaching licensure in Connecticut and for job openings: http://ctreap.net. Also, see http://certificationmap.com/states/connecticut-teacher-certification/ for a helpful Connecticut certification map.
All students seeking certification must complete an academic major other than education, a minimum of 39 credits in general academic courses
- A Math course (MAT 139 and 140 are required for Elementary Education; MAT 139 is required for Early Childhood Candidates.)
- A United States history survey course (HIS 120, 121, or 310 are recommended).
- A health course (HPE 201 or HPE 210).
Certification programs are usually four semesters in length.
Specific Program Pre-requisites are:
Early Childhood Education
ECE 215-Foundations of Early Childhood Ed.
PSY 206 – Psychology of Childhood
Elementary Education, Secondary Certification, Physical Education
EDU 200-Child and Adolescent Development and Exceptionalities
EDU 210-Foundations of U.S. Education or EDU 357-International and Cross-Cultural Education
Elementary and secondary candidates must also complete EDU 250 – Applied Information Technology in Education
Admissions to Eastern is also required:
Undergraduate admissions: http://www1.easternct.edu/admissions/
Inquiries about teacher certification for those completing a program at Eastern:
(860) 465-0078, firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiries by those who already have teaching certification and seeking a cross-endorsement:
Please contact the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification directly.
(860) 713 –6969, email@example.com
Eastern Connecticut State University offers these certification programs:
|Integrated Early Childhood/Special Ed.,|
N-K - Elem. 1-3 (ECE)
Dr. Sudha Swaminathan, (860) 465-4535
|Require that teacher candidates are completing an undergraduate major that is not education or physical education. Preferred majors are psychology or sociology. Cohorts for undergraduate certification start in the fall and spring semester of each academic year.|
Dr. Jeanelle Day, (860) 465-4532
|Teacher candidates generally have a major in a teaching subject area appropriate for the elementary classroom. Cohorts for undergraduate certification start in the fall semester of each year.|
Dr. Hari Koirala, Secondary Math, (860) 465-4556
Dr. Jeanelle Day, Secondary Science, (860) 465-4532
Dr. Jeanelle Day, Secondary History/Social Studies,(860) 465-4532
Dr. Mark Fabrizi, Secondary English, (860) 465-0659
|Requires a major in biology, English, environmental earth science, history and social studies, mathematics, or other social sciences with specific coursework. Cohorts for undergraduate certification start in the fall semester of each year.|
|Physical Education, PreK-12|
Dr. Darren Robert, (860) 465-5184
|Please contact the Health and Physical Education Department, Sports Center Rm. 230, (860) 465-5371 for details. Physical Education majors are prepared for certification in this skills area only.|
For Art Education
: Please refer to http://www1.easternct.edu/visualarts/art-education-certification/
We strongly encourage students to begin planning and to visit the Education Department as soon as they begin their undergraduate coursework. Education is a second major for Early Childhood and Elementary Education but not for Secondary Education although the work carries as many hours as a major. With the proper choices of Liberal Arts Tier I, II, and III courses, it is possible to graduate with your degree and certification in a timely manner.
There are two options that currently exist. First, one may enter the Graduate Program as an Early Admissions student during their senior year. In order to choose this option, the Praxis 1 CBT or Praxis I PPST exams must be passed for both the Early Childhood and the Elementary Education programs, and Praxis I and II must have been passed for Secondary; a minimum of 3.0 GPA must be earned on undergraduate work completed to date; and applications to the Graduate Division and CARE must be completed by October 1st. Seven undergraduate credits in Education may be attempted while finishing the spring semester of the senior year. Please speak with your advisor in Education for advice, if you wish to pursue this course of study.
The second option is a Master’s program. If a candidate applies to both CARE and the Graduate Program during the final semester of the senior year, it is possible to complete the Master’s degree with certification in 12-15 months.
Once a student successfully completes the Student Teaching experience and the exit exams, an Application for Certification should be filed with the Certification Officer in the Graduate Division office. All documents are checked and verified before the packet is sent to the Bureau of Certification at the Connecticut Department of Education in Hartford. The State of Connecticut officially certifies all teachers.For more details on the application process, please visit Charles R. Webb Hall Building 124, The Education Department Office.
Or see the Education Department Secretary. Webb Hall 124 or (860)-465-4530.Registration information for Praxis I and II exams: 800-853-6773, www.ets.org/praxis.
Eastern Connecticut State University is committed to following the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you are a student with a disability (or think you may have a disability), and require adaptations or accommodations, or assistance evacuating a building in the case of an emergency, please contact the Office of AccessAbility Services (OAS) at 860-465-0189 to discuss your request further. Any student registered with the OAS should contact the instructor as soon as possible for assistance with classroom accommodations. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive, and must be communicated through a Letter of Accommodation which is drafted by the OAS.