Options for Teacher Certification

An Educational Studies major or minor provides a powerful foundation for teacher preparation. If you are interested in pursuing teacher certification to become a k-12 educator, the department’s primary recommendation is for students to consider a post-baccalaureate program. The department favors this option because it allows time for public schools to recover and for conditions to stabilize. Students will also enter a re-opened job market with the advantage of time, experience, and a master’s degree (required by all school districts). In addition, students will have the opportunity to train in the specific state and community in which they aim to teach. Being able to student teach while also building professional networks has both pedagogical and professional advantages.

There are also other routes to teacher certification. Although the department favors some over others, there is no one "best" option for all students. In some ways a Connecticut College degree that includes a major or minor in Educational Studies with an added state-run capstone experience represents one of the most compelling, marketable sets of skills going forward. All known options are listed below:

Master's + Certification Program (often referred to as an MAT Program)

While these add time and investment, all teachers are required at some point to get their master’s degree and this might be the most opportune time to do both at once.

Teacher Residency Programs (typically run by states/districts)

Certifications earned in one state are transferable to others, sometimes outright, other times it requires an additional application fee, course, or test.

Boston program

New York program

Private School Teaching

Private schools typically do not require state certification but may have other licensure requirement and some run their own apprenticeship programs.

Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) program

These programs are typically run by the state and often focus on areas where there is a shortage of teachers. This is the current program in Connecticut:
Here is an example of an ARC offered to students of color in Connecticut seeking elementary certification:

Charter Schools and Private Certification Programs

This program is run by Achievement First (a charter school)

Emergency Certification

This path is somewhat unknown right now, but options are likely to emerge in the wake of pandemic. Connecticut, for example, may add teacher residency programs that include provisional certification with an apprenticeship program at no cost to the candidate.