NOTICE: The Connecticut State Department of Education’s customer service window for educator certification will be closed, effective March 12, 2018. The last day of staffing will be Friday, March 9, 2018. Please Note: The Bureau of Certification will remain open and fully functioning. This change only impacts the street level customer service window. For more information about submitting applications and supporting documentation please review our Cert Alert.


Connecticut is proud of its dedicated and innovative educators, and is eager to attract new teachers and other educational professionals to our schools. Whether you are a student in an educator preparation program, a veteran educator coming from another state, or a Connecticut teacher seeking a new certificate, we hope this page answers your questions.

About Connecticut Educator Certification

Our goal is to determine the simplest path to certification so you can serve Connecticut students in your chosen area. In this role, we process over 26,000 applications each year. Last year we issued over 35,000 certificates and permits.

The online Connecticut Educator Certification System (C.E.C.S.) allows you to check the status or print unofficial copies of your certificates and permits, apply and pay fees online, and get up-to-the-minute information about your application(s).

If you have questions about your specific circumstances, you may email We will typically respond in 5 to 7 business days. For general information about requirements or the application process, you may call us at 860-713-6969 from noon to 4 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. The best time to call is generally Tuesday and Friday afternoons after 2 pm.

Thank you for your interest in teaching in Connecticut!

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