Connecticut has three types of certificates, classifying their educators: Initial, Provisional and Professional.
Initial Educator Certificate: This certificate is valid for 3 years. It is issued to applicants who meet all eligibility requirements (Found Here, https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Certification/guides/obtaining1109aw.pdf?la=en) and who have fewer than three full school years of appropriate successful teaching experience in the past 10 years.
Provisional Educator Certificate: Valid for eight years. To qualify for the provisional educator certificate, an applicant must complete one of the following:
10 months of successful appropriate experience under the initial educator certificate or interim initial educator certificate in a Connecticut public school and the teacher induction/mentoring program, as made available by the Connecticut State Board of Education;
- 30 months of successful appropriate experience within 10 years in a public school system outside Connecticut under a valid certificate, or in a nonpublic school approved by the appropriate governing body.
- Professional: Valid for five years. To qualify for the professional educator certificate, an applicant must complete the following requirements:
- 30 school months of successful appropriate experience in a Connecticut public or approved nonpublic school under the provisional educator certificate;
- additional course requirements, as prescribed by current Connecticut certification regulations. Specific coursework requirements vary depending on endorsement.