Elementary Education Certification Requirements

In order to be certified by the State of Connecticut at Connecticut College in the elementary grades (1-6), students need to take EDU 223 in the spring of their first year or sometime during their second year on campus. (If students are contemplating taking this gateway course after their second year, they should contact the Education Department's Certification Officer to determine if there is adequate time for them to meet all certification requirements before graduation.)

All students seeking elementary certification are required by the State of Connecticut to take the following General Education requirements in order to be certified. Many of these requirements correlate to Connecticut College's own requirements for graduation. Careful course planning can help streamline the completion of requirements for certification and graduation.

AP and IB credits that appear on students' Connecticut College transcripts will meet the state requirements in those specific areas.

An overall GPA of 2.7 is required by the State of Connecticut for teacher certification.

General Education Requirements:

  • U.S. History (must be a survey course that covers at least 75 years, such as History 105; some American Studies classes are also acceptable)
  • Science (the state accepts Psychology 101 as a natural science)
  • English
  • Mathematics (must be a course that is listed within the Math Department)
  • Foreign Language or a four-credit course in one of the following subjects: Art, Music, Dance, and/or Theater

All elementary certification candidates entering the program after the fall of 2009 must meet the Professional Certification requirements of the State of Connecticut listed below.

Professional Education Requirements:

  • EDU 103: Drug and AIDS Education
  • EDU 223: Foundations of Education
  • HMD 111: Introduction to Human Development
  • HMD 225: Individual Differences in Development
  • EDU 304: Math and Science in the Elementary School
  • EDU 313: Children, Books and Culture
  • EDU 341: Literacy in the Elementary Schools (6 credits)
  • EDU 445: Student Teaching in the Elementary School
  • EDU 450: Student Teaching Seminar in Critical Pedagogy: Elementary and Secondary School

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If students are interested in Elementary Teacher Certification, we recommend that they set up a meeting with the Education Department Certification Officer. During these one-on-one meetings, the Education Department Certification Officer works with each student to determine a viable Planned Pattern of Study.