Certification Programs

The College of Education is responsible for preparing teachers, school administrators, other school professionals, and community mental health counselors. The school offers undergraduate programs (leading to Bachelor of Science degrees), Post Baccalaureate programs and Graduate programs preparing students for the Connecticut teacher certification.

Aligned with Connecticut State Department of Education requirements, students seeking admission to any professional teacher education program may take no more than two professional education courses before they are accepted. Therefore, it is necessary to meet all admission requirements in a timely manner in order to continue taking certification-related course work. Failure to comply with this policy may invalidate the courses taken outside of this policy. These requirements apply to all students seeking admission to any teacher preparation program.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program in order to qualify for our recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education.

The College, alone and in partnership with other Colleges on campus, offer the following State Approved Certification Programs: Undergraduate (UG), Post Baccalaureate, Masters of Arts in teaching (MAT), MS, Sixth Year Certificates (SYC), Graduate Certificates, EdD.

Initial Certification programs prepare candidates for the first license to teach.

Comprehensive Special Edu (K-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
Elementary Edu. (1-6) UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
Elementary Edu./Bilingual UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
Elementary Edu./ Special Edu. UG
Early Childhood (N-3) UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
Biology (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
Physics (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
Chemistry (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
Earth Science (7/12) UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
English (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate / MAT
Mathematics (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate
Spanish (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate
French (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate
Italian (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate
German (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate
Art UG / Post Baccalaureate
History & Social Studies (7-12) UG / Post Baccalaureate
Physical Education (K-12) UG

Advanced certification programs are programs for (1) the continuing education of teachers who have previously competed initial preparation or (2) the preparation of other school professionals. 

Remedial Reading & Language Arts (PK-12) MS / SYC / Graduate Certificate
Reading & Language Arts Consultant (PK-12) SYC / Post Masters Certificate
School Library Media (PK-12) Graduate Certificate (with or without MLIS)
School Counseling (PK-12) MS / Graduate Certificate
School Psychologist (PK-12) SYC
Intermediate Administration (PK-12) SYC / EdD
Superintendent of Schools (PK-12) EdD
Speech & Language Pathologist (PK-12) MS

Undergraduate application materials are submitted to the College of Education through the SoE portal TK20, after consultation with a program coordinator.

Post-baccalaureate and Graduate applications are submitted through the SCSU admission portal.

Students applying to an initial educator certificate in Connecticut must meet six academic and non-academic requirements established by the College of Education, which are consistent with certification requirements of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).

  1. Have a minimum of 39 semester hours of credit in general academic courses in five of the following six areas, including a survey course in United States history that is at least three semester hours of credit (all programs except Comprehensive Special Education):
Natural Sciences Social Studies Fine Art
English Mathematics Foreign Language
  1. Testing Information Take the Praxis Core, SAT or ACT (Math, Writing, Reading) to satisfy the State Board of Education competency examination requirement. Scores must be within last five years. Candidates who do not achieve a satisfactory score will be required to participate in remediation that conforms to forthcoming guidelines.
  2. Have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA for all undergraduate courses taken at the time of application. An official transcript must be submitted from every college/university attended by the applicant, excluding SCSU.
  3. Submit an admission essay to the SoE portal (TK20) demonstrating a proficiency in English and following the prompt
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals able to testify to the student's suitability to become a teacher. It is highly recommended that at least one of the letters is from an instructor. Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by a completed recommendation form, which can be downloaded below. 
  5. Pass an interview by a Departmental Admissions Committee, which will assess the student's personal attributes and dispositions that will shape his or her teaching performance.

Students must meet, or have waived, all six of the above requirements for acceptance into teacher a preparation program. Upon the formal recommendation of the department and if justified by unusual circumstances, requirements 3-6 may be waived by the Dean of the College of Education. On a case-by-case basis, students who are close to meeting Requirement 1 may be approved by the Dean for conditional acceptance. If granted conditional acceptance students must fulfill this requirement by a specified date or they will be dismissed from the College of Education. Please consult with the department within which you seek certification for additional information. 

Aligned with Connecticut State Department of Education requirements, students seeking admission to any professional teacher education program may take no more than two professional education courses before they are accepted. Therefore, it is necessary to meet all admission requirements in a timely manner in order to continue taking certification-related course work. Failure to comply with this policy may invalidate the courses taken outside of this policy. These requirements apply to all students seeking admission to any teacher preparation program.

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program in order to qualify for our recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut's teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations. If state regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet these new regulations in order to receive the University's recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education.

Teacher candidates must maintain good standing in the program in order to qualify for student teaching and recommendation from Southern Connecticut State University for State of Connecticut initial teacher certification. They also must demonstrate the following:

  1. Personal attitudes and dispositions that will affect her of his performance as a teacher;
  2. Professional behavior appropriate to the context which demonstrates that actions reflect directly upon the status and substance of the profession;
  3. Confidentiality of all information concerning colleagues and students obtained in the educational process; and
  4. Integrity and honesty in written and verbal communication and in all coursework related to the professional programs for teacher certification.
  5. An undergraduate academic performance of at least a 2.7 GPA average. A candidate, who after acceptance into a teacher education program completes 9 or more credits with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.7, will be placed on College of Education academic probation. The student will have one semester to raise the GPA to 2.7 or higher. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the College of Education. 

Students may be dismissed from professional education courses for any of the following reasons:

  • Demonstrated unprofessional behavior or an inability to respond appropriately in various contexts which affects her or his performance as a teacher;
  • Falsify or misrepresent any documentation or information provided for programmatic, academic, or professional qualification/competency purposes;
  • Does not achieve acceptable standard on the performance assessments by the College of Education;
  • Been convicted in a court of law of a crime involving moral turpitude or of any crime of such nature that in the opinion of the University would impair the standing of the College of Education professional program; or
  • Other due and sufficient cause.

The College of Education, due to COVID-19 related circumstances, will not be supporting any new Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP) applications for candidates at this time. This policy is effective immediately. Any revisions to this policy will not be made until September 2020.