Education is more than imparting knowledge and defining the parameters of discipline. The best educators understand issues of power, history, self-identity and the possibility of collective agency. Our curriculum and field experiences are designed to meet not only the needs of students and teachers, but their communities. We help you develop as a public intellectual and ethical citizen as you earn your Connecticut teaching certification, which has reciprocity in 45 states and the District of Columbia. You learn to see education as an opportunity to create a multiracial, multi-vocal democracy that can address today’s serious social, economic and environmental problems. The program consists of a sequence of courses, in addition to an outside major, and culminates in a semester of student teaching. We have a reputation for producing excellent educators; our alumni teach in elementary, secondary and music schools across the country and the globe.

Internships and service learning

In the Education Department, we emphasize fieldwork. All of our education courses have a field placement component—observation and participation, assistant teaching, or full-time student teaching in local elementary or secondary schools. Through these experiences, you explore issues and perspectives about education in the context of everyday classrooms, which will make you a better teacher.

International opportunities and study abroad

The certification program provides the flexibility for you to study away and still earn certification in four years. Our students have studied around the world, in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Many also apply to the College's interdisciplinary centers to earn certificates in community action, international studies, the environment or arts and technology. In the Education Department, we work with you to draft a plan that ensures you can take full advantage of the opportunities available here.

Teacher Certification Program

Connecticut College is a member of CETE, the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education, along with Barnard, Bowdoin, Brandeis, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Dartmouth, Harvard, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Princeton, Smith, Swarthmore, the University of Pennsylvania, Vassar, Wellesley, Wheaton and Yale. These 16 member institutions share a common commitment to a broad liberal arts education for those entering the teaching profession. Their teacher education graduates are characterized by breadth of study, a major in liberal arts discipline, and work in education that enables them to meet state certification in reciprocal states.