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Foreign Language TEAching Certification Program

Welcome to the Foreign Language Teacher Certification Program Website!
The SCSU World Languages Department is very proud of its nationally CAEP accredited Foreign Language Teacher Certification (FLTC) program. The Foreign Language Certification program continues a long tradition of training highly qualified teachers for the state of Connecticut as SCSU was founded in 1893 as a Teachers University. As a shortage area, world language teachers find job placements across the state directly upon graduation while also receiving salaries higher than the national average. Language teachers at schools throughout Connecticut have received their initial teacher training and cross-endorsements at SCSU and its graduates are eagerly sought by schools throughout the state. Currently we certify teachers in French, German, Italian, and Spanish at the secondary levels with cross-endorsement for elementary an available option.

Some facts about World Language Teaching in CT
In the 21st century the focus of national and state standards and school mission statements across the country focus on educating our children to be “global citizens” and to focus on communication and language skills. This emphasis on global competence combined with language skills has led to a growth in need for world language teachers. Each year there are more job openings in CT and across the country for world language teachers than there are people to fill them. In CT 98% of our secondary public schools offer at least one world language. An average of 10% of world language teaching positions remain open each year. Finally, the average teacher salary in CT is $63,152 placing CT in the top five highest paying states for teachers in the U.S.

Here is a recent NPR podcast about World Language Education in Connecticut. 

Why learn a second or third language? Check out this TED Talks video.

Routes to Certification

Undergraduates should pursue a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in their target language and complete the required coursework in the FLT Certification Program.

Graduates have several options:
-       Individuals wishing to add FLT Certification (K-12) to their main certification in another field should pursue cross-endorsement.
-       Individuals holding a Bachelors degree who wish to obtain an Initial Certification in Foreign Languages should pursue our Graduate FLT Certificationprogram, which will include education courses and target language courses, as required.
-       Individuals currently employed in Connecticut with a Durational Shortage Application Permit (DSAPs) should pursue our DSAP certification program. 


Christine Rapp Dombrowski, Ph.D.,
Coordinator of Foreign Language Teacher Certification Program

Angela Todaro, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Field Experiences &
Student Services, School of Education

Ken Bungert
Certification Officer and Title II Coordinator, School of Education

Helpful Links
Below you will find helpful links to aid you in all aspects of completing our FLT certification program.FL Teaching in CT Flyer (pdf)
FLC Program Application (pdf)
FLC Program Undergraduate Handbook (pdf)
FLC Program Graduate Handbook (pdf)
Curriculum Maps [forthcoming]

 SCSU School of Education Information
Student Teaching Information

Student Teaching Handbook


Certification Information
DSAP Information

 CT Cross-Endorsement Information

 Application Materials
FLC Program Application (pdf)
Target Language Faculty Interview Forms (pdf) [forthcoming]

Letter of Recommendation Form – Undergraduate

 Letter of Recommendation Form – Graduate

SOE Undergraduate Application for WL Candidates

 SOE Graduate Application for WL Candidates

Praxis Core Registration & Information

Praxis Waiver Form

ACTFL OPI and WPT Information & Registration

Job Postings
CT Council for Language Teachers Job Bank