Certification

BECOMING A TEACHER

 Certification Programs

The School of Education offers undergraduate certification programs preparing students for the Connecticut teacher certification. Through partnerships with other schools on campus, the School of Education offers undergraduate teacher certification programs in secondary education. In addition most of the programs offered at the undergraduate level are offered as post-baccalaureate programs or Masters Degree programs. 

 Initial Certification programs are programs at the baccalaureate or post baccalaureate levels that prepare candidates for the first license to teach. They include five-year programs, master’s programs, and other post baccalaureate and alternate route programs that prepare individuals for their first license in teaching.

Initial SCSU State Approved Certification Programs:

Art Education (PK-12)                                                   U/G

Comprehensive Special ED (K-12)                             U/G

Early Childhood (B-K)                                                      G

Early Childhood (N-3)                                                   U/G

Elementary Education (K-6, )                                     U/G

Elementary Ed/Bilingual (K-6)                                       U

Elementary Ed/Spec. Ed (K-6, K-12)                             U

Health Education (K-12)                                                   G

Physical Education (K-12)                                           U/G

Biology (7-12)                                                                 U/G

Chemistry (7-12)                                                            U/G

Earth Science (7-12)                                   U/G

English (7-12)                                              U/G

French (7-12)                                               U/G

German                                                         U/G

General Science                                               G

Italian (7-12)                                                U/G

History & Social Studies (7-12)               U/G

Mathematics (7-12)                                    U/G

Physics (7-12)                                              U/G

Spanish (7-12)                                             U/G

 

 

 

The School of Education also offers advanced certification programs at the post-baccalaureate, Masters Degree, 6th year, and Doctoral Degree levels.

Advanced certification programs are programs at the post baccalaureate levels for (1) the continuing education of teachers who have previously competed initial preparation or (2) the preparation of other school professionals. Advanced programs commonly award graduate credit and include master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs as well as non-degree licensure programs offered at the post baccalaureate level. Examples of these programs include those for teachers who are preparing for a second license at the graduate level in a field different from the field in which they have their first license. In addition, advanced programs include those for other school professionals such as school counselors, school psychologists, educational administrators, and reading specialists.

 Steps to Becoming a Teacher

Step 1

First, you’ll need to decide whom you want to teach and what you want to teach.  For descriptions of the certification areas available at SCSU see the table above and the following supporting links;

Early Childhood Certificates allow the teaching of all elementary academic subjects.  However, it does not allow the teacher to be the sole provider for art, health, music or physical education.  Endorsements are made the following classifications:  (A) Birth through kindergarten; (B) Nursery through grade three.

An endorsement for birth through kindergarten allows an individual to teach students in both special and regular education settings. An endorsement for nursery through grade three allows an individual to teach nursery through kindergarten students in both special and regular education settings and to teach grade one through grade three students in regular education

 Elementary Education Certificate allows the teaching of all elementary academic subjects.  However, it does not allow the teacher to be the sole provider for art, health, music or physical education.  Endorsements are made in the following classifications:  (A) prior to July 1, 2016: Kindergarten through grade six; (B) On and after July 1, 2016: Grade one through grade six.

An Elementary Education Certificate, whether Kindergarten through grade six or grade one through grade six, allows an individual to teach students in regular education only.



Secondary academic certificates for grades seven through twelve are for endorsed subjects. Instruction is most often delivered in a departmentalized (subject specific) classroom.  When departmentalized instruction is offered in grades below the seventh grade, a certificate may be considered valid for such instruction in grades five and six in the endorsed subjects only. When departmentalized instruction is offered in a foreign language in an elementary school, the endorsement is valid for such instruction in grades four, five and six.                                                                                                                                

Students at all Levels:

All level academic certificates for grades pre-kindergarten through twelve are for endorsed subjects. Instruction is most often delivered in a departmentalized (subject specific) classroom, but can also be delivered in an integrated or adapted instructional setting.

All level academic certificates for grades pre-kindergarten through twelve are for endorsed subjects. Instruction is most often delivered in a departmentalized (subject specific) classroom, but can also be delivered in an integrated or adapted instructional setting.

 Step 2

Consult a program coordinator/advisor to review your transcripts and provide you with a list of additional courses that you must complete in order to be recommended for initial certification. You may be required to take additional courses in the major content area or in general education area as well as the professional education curriculum.  This list will result in your official planned program of study.

Program Coordinators for each of the initial certification programs can be contacted through the  following means;

Program                                                                    Program Coordinator                                e-mail
Art                                                                                     Dr. Arthur Guagliumi (U/G)                           guagliumia1@southernct.edu
Early Childhood(B-K, N-3)                                          Dr. Patricia Major (G)                                      majorp1@southernct.edu            
Early Childhood (N-3)                                                  Dr. Helen Marx (U)                                          marxh1@southernct.edu
Elementary Education                                                  Dr. Helen Marx (U)                                          marxh1@southernct.edu                          
                                                                                           Dr. Christine Villani (G)                                  villanic1@southernct.edu            
Elementary Education/ Special Education              Dr. Judith Terpstra (G)                                    terpstraj1@southernct.edu          
Special Education                                                          Dr. Judith Terpstra (U)                                    terpstraj1@southernct.edu                                                                               
                                                                                           Dr. Angela Lopez-Velasquez (G)                    lopezvelasa1@southernct.edu    
Health Education                                                           Dr. Susan Calahan (G)                                     calahans1@southernct.edu         
Physical Education                                                        Dr. Patricia Panichas (U)                                 panichasp1@southernct.edu       
                                                                                           Dr. Sharon Misasi (G)                                      misasis1@southernct.edu
Science Education (Biology, Chemistry,                  Dr. Catherine Koehler  (U/G)                         koehlerc2@southernct.edu
Physics, Earth Science, General Science)                                                                           
English                                                                             Dr. Melissa Talhelm (U)                                  talhelmm1@southernct.edu         
                                                                                           Dr. Nicole Fluhr (G)                                         fluhrn1@southernct.edu              
World Languages                                                           Dr. Christine Dombrowski (U/G)                 dombrowskic1@southernct.edu  
(Spanish, German, Italian, French)                                                                                      
History & Social Studies                                              Dr. Mari McDaniel(U)                                      mcdanielm4@southernct.edu      
                                                                                          Dr. Byron Nakamura(G)                                  nakamurab1@southernct.edu
Mathematics                                                                  Dr. Marie Nabbout (U/G)                                elnabboutm1@southernct.edu

Step 3

Work with your chosen Program Coordinator or Program advisor to complete the admission requirements and the application process for admission into the School of Education.  You may refer to the School of Education website link for all of the admission requirements and materials.

 Step 4

 Finally, work with your program advisor to complete all of your program courses and degree requirements (if any) and also any test requirements for certification.