Connecticut participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement (NIA). Under this agreement, Connecticut may accept completion of a state-approved educator preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university from another U.S. state or territory, or a minimum of 30 months of successful full-time experience under the other state’s valid educator certificate (at least equivalent to a Connecticut initial educator certificate), appropriate to the subject area being requested. Depending on qualifications and experience, the applicant may qualify for an Initial, Provisional, or Interim certificates. Those out-of-state applicants who meet all certification criteria except Connecticut assessment requirements may be issued a nonrenewable interim certificate with a deferral for the required tests. If educators hold a master’s degree in the academic subject area (e.g. math, sciences) for which Connecticut certification is being requested they may also be exempt from Board-approved assessment requirements, including Praxis II subject knowledge tests, Connecticut Foundations of Reading, Reading Specialist or Early Childhood tests, and/or ACTFL OPI and WPT.
Bureau of Certification