Subject area scores can replace college course work when there is a shortage of teachers

In-state applicants seeking certification in designated shortage areas may qualify to teach even without a major in their subject area or subject area course work. Candidates only qualify for this exemption if they achieve an excellence score on their subject area assessment(s).

An excellence score is higher than the minimum passing score and shows a high level of knowledge in the subject area.

Excellence scores may NOT be substituted for required pedagogical course work.

Connecticut educator preparation institutions, including alternate route programs, have the option to accept excellence scores in lieu of a subject area major or minimum subject area course work requirements; however, the use of this option is at the discretion of each preparation institution or program.