Teacher Certification

Applying for Teacher Certification

Undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates who have completed all requirements for Connecticut teacher certification may request a certification recommendation from Eastern (as described in Step 1). Upon confirming that the candidate has met all requirements, Eastern provides the candidate with a formal recommendation for certification. The candidate then submits the recommendation and supporting documents to the Connecticut State Department of Education (as described in Step 2).

Step 1 – Eastern’s Process
  1. Attend the “Teacher Certification Orientation Meeting,” held each semester. (Mandatory)
  2. Complete Eastern’s Fillable Request for Teacher Certification Recommendation in its entirety.
    • Complete the fillable PDF, or print the form and write legibly using black or blue ink.
  3. Complete page 1 of the ED 170A Short Form Application for Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate.
    • Complete page 1 only.
    • Use blue ink and write legibly in all uppercase letters.
  4. Submit all of the following forms/documents to the Office of the Dean, School of Education/Professional Studies, Webb Hall 160:

    Do not send money with the recommendation request. Only requests with all required information and supporting documents will be processed. 

Step 2 – CT State Department of Education’s Process

Upon completion of the certification recommendation process, the completed ED 170A Short Form Application for Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate will be returned to the applicant. At this point, the applicant should forward the following documents to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in Hartford:

  • Completed ED 170A, with Eastern seal and signature
  • $200 processing fee (Money order, cashier’s check, or certified bank check made out to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”)
  • $100 processing fee for each additional endorsement
  • Official Eastern transcript with degree posted
  • Official transcript(s) from any other institution(s) that you attended
  • Praxis II – CSDE only accepts Praxis II scores that were reported directly from the testing agency (ETS or Pearson). If you did not request that the scores be forwarded to CSDE at the time you took the tests, you must request that your scores are forwarded prior to mailing your certification application. (Early Childhood Test score report for ECE)
  • CT Foundations of Reading Test Score Report, submitted digitally by the testing organization (Elementary & ECE applicants only)
  • First Aid card (Physical Education applicants only)

For general information about Eastern’s teacher certification programs, please contact the Education Department at 860.465.4530, or visit the Committee for Admission and Retention in Education (CARE) website.

If you have questions about Eastern’s certification recommendation process, please contact the Office of the Dean at 860.465.5292.

Information about state requirements for certification, timelines, forms, etc. can be found online at the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification.