The teacher certification program at Connecticut College is designed for students who are looking for the educational courses to become professional teachers in Connecticut public schools. Our program's alumni teach in schools and programs throughout the world, has a reputation for producing excellent educators. We seek to prepare educators to see schooling as an opportunity to create a multiracial, multi-vocal democracy capable of addressing the serious social, economic and environmental problems of society.
The teacher certification program is a highly competitive and rigorous program that offers you the opportunity to pursue a teacher certification in elementary education (grade K-6), in secondary education (grade 7-12) or in music (grade k-12). This certification is reciprocal in most other states.
Ninth semester option
A 9th semester option for current students may be available after consultation with the department certification officer, Charles Cocores.
Meet some new educators
News of some recently certified teachers and where they are now.
When and how to apply to the program
Students may apply at the end of their first year and sophomore year and are enrolled and admitted during their sophomore year.
To apply to any of the programs, students are required to complete an application and successfully complete the Foundations of Education EDU 223 course.
The importance of fieldwork and student teaching in training educators
One of the assets of the teacher certification program is our emphasis on the fieldwork experience in one of our school/district partners. Almost all courses in the education department have a placement component of field work, internship or teaching with local elementary or secondary students. This gives teacher candidates the opportunity to study and explore issues and perspectives about education within the context of everyday classrooms. These experiences are closely supervised by a mentor teacher and monitored by a faculty member of the education department.
The Connecticut College Education Department provides a CT Cooperating Teachers Handbook (pdf) for cooperating teachers.
International experiences can enhance teacher preparation
Since 55 percent of our students study away or abroad through Connecticut College, the teacher certification program provides the structural flexibility for those students who want to be certified and graduate within four years and study one semester away or abroad. All the candidates are encouraged to work closely with their college faculty advisers and the education department’s certification officer to plan the study-away semester.
Currently, enrollment in the certification program is limited to undergraduate students at Connecticut College. The program is accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Education http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/site/default.asp and satisfies the requirements of many other states.
While many of your questions will be answer as you browse this website and many of the forms that you might need can be downloaded directly here, if you have any questions and need pre-admission advising, please contact Donna Graham at (860) 439-2760 to set up an appointment with our Certification Officer or one of our faculty.