Connecticut Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science Programs
To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, post baccalaureate certification must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.
Step 1: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Masters students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their Masters program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 2: Download the Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution form and complete the top portion with your personal information. Send the form to the WGU Certification Officer at the contact information below. Fax and email submissions are preferred; email attachments should be in pdf format.
Teachers College Certification Officer
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
The Certification Officer will complete the form and send it back to you for inclusion in your application packet. If you have not already reported your exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer as well before the recommendation can be completed.
Step 3: Apply online and pay your application fee by using the Connecticut Educator Certification System (CECS).
Step 4: If you have worked in a public or an approved private school, then you need to complete a Statement of Professional Experience form for each district or private school in which you worked. The form requires the signature of the Superintendent, Executive Director, or the appropriate designee of these officials.
Step 5: Compile your additional documentation:
1. Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution form,
2. Statement of Professional Experience form (if applicable),
3. Official transcripts,
4. Score report documenting your passing scores on the required Praxis exam(s),
Send complete packet to:
Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification
Connecticut State Department of Education
P.O. Box 150471--Room 243
Hartford, CT 06115-0471.
Article Number: 19434, 2921