Overview of Connecticut Testing Requirements
How to Qualify for Certification
For initial certification in Connecticut, all candidates must:
- Complete an approved teacher preparation program and specific coursework for the certification endorsement area(s)
- Demonstrate essential skills and subject knowledge by passing the appropriate Praxis I® and Praxis II® tests for their certification area
- Submit the appropriate certification form and fees
Visit the Connecticut State Department of Education website for more information on certification.
- ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. The computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale; however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.
- Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) — September 2012
- Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) — December 2012
- Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) — September 2012
- Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) — October 2012
- Family and Consumer Sciences (5121) — December 2012
- General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) — September 2012
- Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) — September 2012
- Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) — September 2012
- Connecticut requires a Social Security number (SSN) in order to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to Connecticut with your test results. Failure to provide your SSN may delay processing of your certification application.
- If you test at a center located in the state of Connecticut, your score(s) will be automatically released to the Connecticut State Department of Education. However, please note that the score may not be accepted unless your correct social security number appears on the score report.
Who Must Take the Tests?
By state law, all individuals seeking formal admission to a teacher education program or certification in Connecticut must take and pass the Praxis I tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics OR obtain a State Board-approved waiver.
Additionally, you will need to take the Praxis II tests if you are applying for one of the following:
- your first Connecticut certificate in one of the endorsement areas (see Guide to Assessments for Educator Certification in Connecticut) in which passing The Praxis Series™ test is required
- renewal of a lapsed Connecticut certificate in one of the areas in which the Praxis II test is required
- an additional endorsement in one or more of the areas in which the Praxis II test is required
- About the Praxis™ Tests
- The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Alternative Certification
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities