Bureau of Certification
State Department of Education
We believe that teaching is a calling. The Bureau of Certification is here to help you along the way.
You're ready to help guide the future leaders of Connecticut—and the world. Use the Connecticut Educator Certification System to apply for certification online.
Connecticut Certified Educators
Renew or advance your Connecticut teaching certification
We know teachers are never truly off the clock. Your days are spent educating young minds, and time outside the classroom is often used to prepare the next day’s lessons. We’ve made the path to renewing your certification more efficient.
Renew Your CertificateAccess the C.E.C.S. portal to renew certifications online or check the status of your application.
Advance Your CertificateYou’ve already done the hard work. Upgrade your temporary, initial, or provisional certificate.
Regulations and GuidesThere’s a lot to know about teaching in Connecticut. Find answers to your questions here.
Out of State Educators
Bring your talents to Connecticut
Whether you’re certified in another state or another country, we can help you become an educator in Connecticut.
Certified TeachersConnecticut eases the path for many applicants by participating in interstate agreements.
Special Services PersonnelLearn how to submit your school psychologist, counselor, speech-language pathologist, or social worker documentation.
Administrative PersonnelLearn how you can become a certified administrator in Connecticut.
The playbook for coaching in CT schools
Many teachable moments happen outside the classroom. Make sure you’re prepared with the proper permit and necessary training.
Renew Your PermitIf you already hold a coaching permit in Connecticut, you only need to complete a few steps to renew your permit.
First Time ApplicantsWe’ve outlined the steps to apply for a coaching permit and the training required to keep student athletes safe.
Approved EducationSee the approved course list for CEUs, concussion modules, and other continuing education.
Want to become a teacher in CT?
Learn how you can put your energy and creativity to work preparing students to tackle the world’s difficult challenges! Great teachers are always in demand.
Visit TEACH ConnecticutFind everything you need to know about becoming a teacher, including approved educator preparation programs.
Learn About RequirementsReview the three things you'll do to become a teacher.
Apply for Your CertificateThe big moment is here. Collect your required documents and apply online or by mail.
Flexible staffing and other resources for school districts across Connecticut.View Resources
Use the educator certification look-up tool to verify credentials.Verify Credentials
See the latest news and updates about certification, COVID-19, and shortages.Certification News and Alerts