Provisional Educator Certificate (CT)

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Provisional Educator Certificate (CT)

The Provisional Educator Certificate is the second level of Connecticut certification and is issued to Initial Educator Licensees or applicants who meet all the eligibility requirements to bypass the Initial Educator License.
Certificate Valid for 8 years
Employment: Not Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Connecticut
Contact Phone: 860-713-6969
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Enrolled in State Approved Teacher Education Program
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

10 months of experience under the initial educator certificate or interim initial educator certificate in a CT school


30 months of experience within 10 years in a non-CT school.

Praxis I PPST will be accepted until 8/31/2019 (if passed 1/02 – 8/14)

By 9/1/16 all three subtests of Praxis Core MUST be passed from one test type, either PPST or Core, but not a mix of the two.

Praxis I Waiver – Applicants may waive Basic Skills tests if they meet score requirements on either:

See the document “Guide to Assessments for Educator Certification in Connecticut” under

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:


    Arabic, Chinese-Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Greek (Modern), Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

Accept Scores from Out of State

ACTFL Score – Intermediate High. An Excellence Score of Advanced Mid may be used to replace subject area coursework.

Applicant who completed an out-of-state teacher program and/or teaching experience may be eligible for 1 year deferral of testing requirements.

Applicants may be exempt from ACTFL OPI WPT, if they meet the following criteria:

1. Hold a valid certificate in another state that is equivalent to at least a CT Initial Educator Cert. AND have one of the following:

– 3 years experience in the same state (in the same approved nonpublic school or public school system) in the past 10 years


– MA degree.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Institution
Online at:
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification
P.O. Box 150471 – Room 243
Hartford, CT 06115-0471

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check

Renewal: Renewable
After 30 months of successful service under a Provisional Certificate for a CT school as well as 30 semester hours of credit beyond bachelor’s degree an applicant may apply for a Professional Educator Certificate.

As of July 2016, a Master’s degree in a related subject is required for advancement.

Use Forms ED 170, ED 125 and/or ED 126 and turn in together

Fee in form of a money order, cashier’s check or certified bank check payable to the “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”.

$100 for each additional endorsement.

Please Note:
The type and duration of the certificate issued will depend on proper documentation of your education and experience.

Official transcripts must include the embossed or colored seal of the issuing college or university.

Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution must include the embossed or colored seal of the college or university and the signature of the certification officer or dean of the preparation program at the institution where the applicant was prepared.

Statement of Professional Experience must verify the completion of appropriate experience/service in Connecticut public or approved nonpublic schools, or out-of-state public or approved nonpublic schools, if applicable.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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