NOTICE: The Connecticut State Department of Education’s customer service window for educator certification will be closed, effective March 12, 2018. The last day of staffing will be Friday, March 9, 2018. Please Note: The Bureau of Certification will remain open and fully functioning. This change only impacts the street level customer service window. For more information about submitting applications and supporting documentation please review our Cert Alert.


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  • Administrative Endorsements

    The following endorsements are classified as administrative: Intermediate Administration or Supervision (#092), Superintendent of Schools (#093), Reading and Language Arts Consultant (#097), School Business Administration (#085), Department Chairperson (#105)

  • Adult Education Endorsements

    A list of the adult education endorsements and descriptions of each endorsement.

  • Alternate Routes to Certification

    Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) Programs in Connecticut.

  • Approved Course List

    A list of CSDE approved courses offered by Connecticut Colleges and Universities

  • Approved Courses for Special Education

    Connecticut State regulations require the completion of a course in special education for all applicants seeking certification. The regulations mandate this course be comprised of not fewer than 36 clock hours, which shall include study in understanding the growth and development of exceptional children, including handicapped and gifted and talented children and children who may require special education, and methods of identifying, planning for and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom.

  • Bureau of Certification

    Connecticut is proud of its dedicated and innovative educators, and is eager to attract new teachers and other educational professionals to our schools. Whether you are a student in an educator preparation program, a veteran educator coming from another state, or a Connecticut teacher seeking a new certificate, we hope this page answers your questions.

  • Certificate/Permit Fees

    Fees for Certification

  • Certificate Types

    Learn about certification types on Initial Educators, Interim Educators, Provisional Educators, and Professional Educators.

  • Certification Assessment

    Applicants seeking certification in Connecticut generally must pass one or more of the following assessments depending on the endorsement areas sought. Applicants should apply for certification and submit all requested documentation to determine specific testing requirements.

  • Certification, Licensure and Regulations

    Our goal is to determine the simplest path to certification so you can serve Connecticut students in your chosen area. In this role, we process over 26,000 applications each year.

  • Certification Regulations

    Learn more about certification regulation updates with a highlight of changes.

  • Charter Oak College Exams

    Charter Oak State College offers CLEP, DANTES and other examinations in a variety of subject areas.

  • Charter Oak State College - CLEP, DANTES and other examinations

    CLEP and DANTES examinations may be acceptable toward specific subject area requirements provided testing results are posted to an official college transcript and institutional credit is awarded.

  • Coaching

    A coach (regardless of coaching assignment) of intramural or interscholastic athletics in kindergarten through grade 12 is required to hold a permit.

  • Coaching Competencies

    The following coaching competencies have been approved by the State Department of Education as a guide to evaluate the topics which should be addressed in activities designed to meet the 15 clock-hour requirement for renewal of a five-year coaching permit.