Connecticut teacher certification opens a world of opportunity for rewarding teaching careers.
If you are already certified to teach in another state, you are ready to take a job teaching in Connecticut.
But what if you aren't certified? What is the best path for you to earn your teaching license and land your first job?
The traditional path of completing a full teacher preparation program works only for those who have time and money to attend a college or university full time for up to two years or more.
Alternative paths do exist, but they are very competitive. Summer and weekend work can, however, lead to certification.
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you need to find an alternative pathway. It will save you time and money. It will put you into a teaching career sooner.
How many would-be-great teachers never become public school teachers at all because of the burden of earning another two-year degree?
Don't let the impossibility of the traditional path to Connecticut teacher certification prevent you from becoming the great teacher you know you can be.
With the proper research in advance, you can earn education credits online to fill the gaps in certification requirements.
Contact the districts in which you wish to work. Contact the Connecticut Department of Education. Contact the head of the department in which you wish to work.
If you want to teach math, contact the head of the math department. Send her an e-mail and a letter with resume.
If you want to teach French, contact the head of the foreign language department. He will want to speak to anyone who knows French and is ready to handle students in the classroom.
Heads of departments often do the hiring, and they don't really care if you are certified. They only care if you know the subject area and you know how to handle a classroom.
Not every school district has the same policies on hiring uncertified teachers. Not every subject area is treated equally, either.
Science, math, and languages, because of the difficulty of the content, tend to offer positions to those who are highly qualified and pretty close to earning certification.