Welcome to the new Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Certification website.

Bureau of Certification

Bureau of Certification

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Become a School Administrator

Welcome! Whether you’re from Connecticut, another state, or another country, we’re here to help you become a leader in our public school system. Follow the links below to get the information you need.

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Apply Online

Apply online, renew your certificate, and more using the Connecticut Educator Certification System (CECS).
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HOW TO USE CECS

Trouble accessing CECS? Our how-to videos can help you navigate our online system.
How to Apply
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From Connecticut
Submit three documents to apply for certification online or by mail. 
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From Enhanced Reciprocity States
Learn how to apply if you're from DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, VA, or VT.
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From All Other States
Learn how to apply online or by mail for certification in Connecticut.
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International Administrators
See the steps to apply for certification.
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Helpful Links
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Advance Your Certificate Type
You’ve put in the work. Upgrade your certificate to the next level.
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Certification Laws and Regulations
Explore Connecticut’s certification laws and regulations.
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Certification Lapses
Follow the process to reestablish a lapsed certificate.
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FAQs
Get answers to the top questions about certification requirements and how to apply.
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