Secondary Education Certification Requirements

In order to be certified by the State of Connecticut at Connecticut College at the secondary level, 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 secondary certification are required by the State of Connecticut to take the following General Education requirements 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)
  • Any four of these five types of courses are required:
    • Science (the state accepts Psychology 101 as a natural science)
    • English
    • Mathematics (must be a course listed within the Math Department)
    • Foreign Language
    • Art/Music/Dance /Theater

As well as having majored in an area that Connecticut College certifies for at the secondary level - such as English, Spanish, French, History, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, Earth Science and Music - some students will be able to meet requirements for certification in a particular area by taking the appropriate number of required credits, even if the area in question is not their major. For example, a Government major may meet the requirements for certification in History/Social Studies if they acquire the requisite History and social science credits.

All secondary 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 & AIDS Education
  • EDU 223: Foundations of Education
  • EDU 225: Curriculum and Classroom Assessment
  • HMD 225: Individual Differences in Development
  • EDU 305: Curricular Theories and Design in the Content Area
  • EDU 450: Student Teaching Seminar in Critical Pedagogy: Elementary and Secondary School
  • EDU 457: Student Teaching in the Secondary School
  • HMD 307: Adolescent Development

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