Certificate Upgrade for Connecticut Certified Educators

Overview

Temporary 90-Day Certificate Holder (Advancing from 90-Day to Initial Educator Certificate)
Step 1
Complete the paper-based ED 172A application no earlier than two weeks prior to the expiration date of your Temporary 90-Day Certificate. This application cannot be submitted online.
  • Part I and II of the application must be completed by you.
  • Part III must be completed and signed by the Superintendent/Executive Director/Designee of the district in which you served under the Temporary 90-Day Certificate.
Step 2

Mail the paper application and payment to the address noted at the top of the form.

Timeline:

Standard processing of certification applications is 6-8 weeks, and 10-12 weeks during peak months, from the original date of submission.

Please note: The total cost for an initial educator certificate is $200, including the $50 nonrefundable review fee. If you are applying for more than one endorsement, include an additional $100 for each additional endorsement. The money order, cashier’s check or certified bank check made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut.” Personal checks cannot be accepted. Copied, scanned or email versions of forms requiring original signatures will NOT be accepted. Only original versions of forms with signatures can be accepted.



Resident Educator Certificate Holder (Advancing from REC to Initial Educator Certificate)
Step 1

Complete the paper-based ED 170A application.

Step 2

A Statement of Professional Experience (ED 126) must be completed and signed by the Superintendent/Executive Director/Designee, documenting at least 10 school months of successful experience under the REC.

Step 3

RELAY graduates who were issued a Resident Educator Certificate with coursework deficiency must also submit official transcripts documenting completion of the deferred coursework.

Step 4

Mail the paper-based application and payment, as well as the Statement of Professional Experience (ED 126) form, to the address noted at the top of each form.

Timeline:

Standard processing of certification applications is 6-8 weeks, and 10-12 weeks during peak months, from the original date of submission.

Please note: The total cost for an initial educator certificate is $200, including the $50 nonrefundable review fee. The money order, cashier’s check or certified bank check made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut.” Personal checks cannot be accepted. Copied, scanned or email versions of forms requiring original signatures will NOT be accepted. Only original versions of forms with signatures can be accepted.



Initial Educator Certificate Holder (Advancing from Initial to Provisional Educator Certificate)
Step 1

Complete online application or paper-based ED 170 application.

Step 2

A Statement of Professional Experience (ED 126) must be completed and signed by the Superintendent/Executive Director/Designee.

  • Public School Educators: Completion of 10 school months of successful service under the Initial Educator Certificate is required.
  • Approved Nonpublic or Independent School Educators: Completion of 30 school months of successful service under the initial educator certificate is required.
Step 3

For service in Connecticut public schools or Approved Private Special Education Programs only, TEAM completion is reported by the employing district directly.

Step 4

Submit the online application and payment by credit card or mail the paper-based application, as well as the Statement of Professional Experience (ED 126) form, to the address noted at the top of each form.

Timeline

Standard processing of certification applications is 6-8 weeks, and 10-12 weeks during peak months, from the original date of submission.

Please Note: The total cost to upgrade an initial educator certificate is $250, including the $50 nonrefundable review fee. The money order, cashier’s check or certified bank check made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut.” Personal checks cannot be accepted.

Copied, scanned or email versions of forms requiring original signatures will NOT be accepted. Original versions of forms with original signatures can only be accepted.



Provisional Educator Certificate Holder (Advancing from Provisional to Professional Educator Certificate)
Step 1

Complete online application or paper-based ED 170 application.

Step 2

A Statement of Professional Experience (ED 126) must be completed and signed by the Superintendent/Executive Director/Designee verifying completion of 30 school months of successful service under a Provisional Educator Certificate.

Step 3

Teacher Education and Mentoring Program (TEAM)
All public school and approved private special education program teachers are required to complete the TEAM program to upgrade their Initial certificate to the Provisional level. All TEAM results will be submitted directly to the Bureau of Certification by the employing district/program.

Step 4

Submit the online application and payment by credit card or mail the paper-based application and payment, as well as the Statement of Professional Experience (ED 126) form, to the address noted at the top of each form.

Timeline

Standard processing of certification applications is 6-8 weeks, and 10-12 weeks during peak months, from the original date of submission.

Please Note: The total cost of a Professional educator certificate is $375.00, including the $50 nonrefundable review fee. The money order, cashier’s check or certified bank check made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut.” Personal checks cannot be accepted.

Copied, scanned or email versions of forms requiring original signatures will NOT be accepted. Original versions of forms with original signatures can only be accepted.

**Due to the large volume of e-transcripts the Bureau receives daily, the e-transcript may expire before the Bureau is able to download and scan it into your file. If possible, please submit a paper-based official transcript in the sealed envelope to the Bureau for review.**