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

Bureau of Certification

Bureau of Certification

International Teachers and Administrators

Want to become a teacher?

If you already completed an approved teacher training program, then congratulations! Follow the links below to learn about the teacher certification process and apply.

If you’re here because you want to become a teacher, we can help you, too. We’ll give you career insights and connect you with the programs, resources, and assessments you need to become a certified educator.

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Apply Online

Apply online, renew your certificate, and more using the Connecticut Educator Certification System (CECS).
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Apply by Mail

Follow this process to apply for your certificate by mail.
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How to Use CECS

View this video about our online application system and how to use it.
Helpful Resources
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About Teaching Careers
Learn about the life of a teacher and the specialties that need more educators.
Get the scoop
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Apply for Your Certificate
Learn about the process and start your application today!
How to Apply
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Choose the Right Program for You
Explore CT’s approved teacher training programs and their specialties.
Approved programs