FAQ

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?

How does one become a teacher?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, teacher.cert@po.state.ct.usFor information on additional requirements for teaching licensure in Connecticut and for job openings:
http://ctreap.net
What academic preparation is necessary? 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.
and
PSY 206 – Psychology of Childhood

Elementary Education, Secondary Certification, Physical Education
EDU 200-Child and Adolescent Development and Exceptionalities
and
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://www.easternct.edu/admis/
(860)-465-5286

Inquiries about teacher certification for those completing a program at Eastern:
(860)-465-0078, teachercertification@easternct.edu

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, teacher.cert@po.state.ct.us

What are the certification programs offered at Eastern? Eastern Connecticut State University offers these certification programs:

Programs and Program CoordinatorsSpecific Requirements
Integrated Early Childhood/Special Ed.,
N-K - Elem. 1-3 (ECE)

Dr. Ann Gruenberg, (860) 465-5268
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.
Elementary, 1-6
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.
Secondary, 7-12
Dr. Hari Koirala, Secondary Math, (860) 465-4556
Dr. Jeanelle Day, Secondary Math, (860) 465-4532
Dr. Leslie Ricklin, Secondary History/Social Studies,(860) 465-5229
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/

How early should I plan if I want to become a teacher candidate as an undergraduate? 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.

What if I missed my opportunity to be a part of the undergraduate education program? 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, Praxis I and II must have been passed, a minimum of 3.5 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 graduate credits may be attempted with special permission of the Dean of Education and Professional Studies while finishing the spring semester of the senior year.

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.

Who certifies me? Is it Eastern or the State of Connecticut? 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 Ms. Fran Champney, 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.

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