Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the country, and thus many teachers enjoy higher than average salaries and an unparalleled quality of life. Connecticut offers a diverse array of teaching opportunities. For those looking to teach in a well-funded and successful district, Connecticut offers many such opportunities. For teachers looking to have a huge impact on low-income communities, Connecticut also offers great opportunity in areas like Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven. These school districts serve a large population of low-income students and face many of the same challenges as other larger urban school districts.
Connecticut offers traditional and alternative routes to draw high-quality teachers to the state. Highly qualified professionals can pursue an alternative route to certification, and veterans can also take advantage of the Troops to Teachers program. With salaries higher than the national average and diverse teaching opportunities, Connecticut has a lot to offer teachers.
Math Teacher Certification in Connecticut
Math Teaching Qualifications
Connecticut requires certified teachers to complete college coursework, a teacher preparation course, student teaching and pass the required examinations.
Credentials & Exams
There are three tiers of certification in Connecticut.
- The first is the Initial Educator Certificate (valid for three years). In order to obtain this certification, teachers must meet the eligibility and testing requirements and either: (a) complete an approved teacher preparation program; or (b) complete 20 months of successful teaching in an approved non-public school.
- The second tier of certification is the Provisional Educator Certificate (valid for eight years). This certification is issued after 10 months of successful teaching under an initial certificate in a Connecticut public school or 30 months in a nonpublic school.
- The third tier of certification is the Professional Educator Certificate, which is renewable every five years. The Professional Educator Certificate is given after at least 30 months of successful teaching in a Connecticut public school and the completion of any coursework required for the appropriate endorsement.
Prospective teachers in Connecticut must also pass the Praxis I-CBT test in reading, writing and mathematics, and the Praxis II: Subject Test for the desired subject area.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Connecticut offers an alternate route to teacher certification in order to encourage professionals to become educators. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in the appropriate subject area and can complete requirements either full-time in the summer or on weekends throughout the school year. In addition, Connecticut offers an alternative certification route specifically for veterans, the Troops to Teachers program.
Financial Aid for CT Math Teachers
- Alma Exley Scholarship Program: This $3,000 scholarship is available to students admitted to a teacher preparation program and is intended to encourage students of color to enter the teaching profession.
- Elizabeth Doyle Memorial Scholarship Fund: This scholarship awards up to $1,000 to a North Haven resident pursuing a career in teaching.
- Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarships at Southern Connecticut State University: There are two $500 scholarships available to juniors at SCSU who are legal residents of Connecticut and enrolled in a teacher preparation program.
- Greater New England Alliance of Black School Educators Lou Irvin Scholarship Program: This program awards two $1,000 scholarships to students of color from Connecticut who have been accepted into the SCSU School of Education.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Connecticut
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Connecticut teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Connecticut are as follows:
- Kindergarten Teachers in New Haven, CT: average of $74,320 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: average of $72,690 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: average of $72,340 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: average of $70,750 per year
- Kindergarten Teachers in Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: average of $70,140 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT||$69,440||$66,360||$69,220||$69,160|
|New Haven, CT||$68,800||$74,320||$69,680||$69,380|
|Norwich-New London, CT-RI||$60,800||$66,590||$68,950||$66,600|
Math Teaching Degrees in Connecticut
Below we've listed all of the Connecticut math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Connecticut Math Teachers
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Common Core Standards adopted July 2010; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Connecticut here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathConnecticut reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15.
Expenditure per Student: $16,272
Connecticut’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $16,272, or 147.0% of the national average. (Source: NEA)