Degree Programs and Certification
It is important to understand the distinction between obtaining a degree from Central Connecticut State University and obtaining a teaching certificate from the state of Connecticut. Students seeking a degree in education should also understand the subject-matter major requirement that applies to all teacher candidates. Both of these points are explained below.
Central Connecticut State University has the authority to grant a bachelor's degree to any student who successfully completes all the requirements of a particular program of study. A degree, however, does not automatically lead to a teaching certificate.
The state of Connecticut grants the teaching certificate after a candidate:
- Completes a bachelor's degree and an approved program of professional study;
- Passes required tests for teachers; and
- Is recommended by the Certification Officer in the office of the dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies.
School teachers in the state of Connecticut are required to have a major in a particular subject field. This is referred to as the subject-matter major. The various subject-matter majors are listed under teacher education.
Therefore, CCSU teacher candidates seeking a degree in education must:
- Successfully complete all professional course work and fieldwork experiences in education; and
- Fulfill all requirements for a subject-matter major.