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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.
What academic preparation is necessary?
Specific Program Pre-requisites are:
What are the certification programs offered at Eastern?
Eastern Connecticut State University offers these certification programs:
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 application to the Graduate Division and CARE must be completed by October 1st. Seven graduate credits will 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 finishes the Student Teaching experience, 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