What are Connecticut's certification requirements for school dental hygienists?

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Certification Requirements for School Dental Hygienist-Teachers (#073)

We’re glad you’d like to promote the oral health of Connecticut students! Here are the requirements for certification:

  • Valid dental hygienist license
  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university that includes six semester hours of credit the following:
    • School health services
    • Child growth and development
    • Methods and materials of instruction
    • School organization
  • A course of study in special education comprising at least 36 clock hours that includes study in
    • Understanding the growth and development of exceptional children, including handicapped and gifted and talented children and children who may require special education
    • Methods for identifying, planning for and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom


  • To eventually advance a certificate endorsed for school dental hygienist-teacher to the professional level, candidates must complete either a master’s degree or at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit. This may include coursework required for the initial educator certificate.
  • All coursework must lead to award of credit to the official transcript of a regionally accredited college or university.

Please note that requirements may change without notice.

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