SDE: 108 Cross Endorsements

Cross Endorsements - Fact Sheet #108

1. I hold a valid teaching certificate in Connecticut.  How do I add an additional endorsement to my certificate?

Teachers who hold a valid Connecticut teaching certificate with endorsements in integrated early childhood special education, elementary education, middle grades education, secondary academic subjects, special subjects, or special education may cross endorse among these same endorsement areas, provided that they complete appropriate testing and course work requirements. Please note that to add endorsement #112, #113 or #102, an institutional recommendation from a regionally accredited college or university upon completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program in the specific area is required.

2. What assessment requirements must I complete?

Testing requirements for each subject area are available from the “Guide to Assessments for Educator Certification in Connecticut.”

3. What course work requirements must I complete to add an additional endorsement?

Generally, certification regulations require the completion of a total of 30 semester hours of credit (undergraduate or graduate) in the subject you wish to add. There are exceptions in the areas of integrated early childhood, special education, remedial reading/remedial language arts, school library media, world languages, and science (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and general science). Specific course work requirements are identified under each section of the cross endorsement regulations. To determine your specific eligibility, you must submit an application, the nonrefundable application review fee and official transcripts. Applications are held on file for up to two years while you complete any outstanding requirements.

4. Other than formal course work, are there alternative options, such as tests in lieu of course work?

You do have the option of taking exams such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for credit. Successful completion of an exam must be documented by award of college level credit on an official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university. CLEP examinations for coursework which significantly duplicates previous coursework completed cannot be accepted. For more information concerning CLEP exams, you may contact Charter Oak State College at http://www.charteroak.edu/current/academics/earningcredits/exam or (860) 515-3800.

5. How do I obtain an additional endorsement in integrated early childhood special education or remedial reading/remedial language arts?

To be eligible for an additional endorsement in integrated early childhood special education (#112 or #113) or remedial reading/remedial language arts (#102), you will need to complete an approved teacher preparation program specifically in the area sought, and be recommended for certification. Information regarding state-approved programs at Connecticut colleges and universities in available from the “Guide to Approved Educator Preparation Programs in Connecticut.”

6. How do I obtain an additional endorsement for school library media specialist?

You will need to complete a total of 30 semester hours of graduate credit in school library media course work.  A master’s in Library Science is not sufficient to meet the course work requirements for an additional endorsement for school library media specialist, although some coursework may be accepted toward requirements.

7. How do I obtain an additional endorsement in world languages?

If candidates begin their world language course work at the basic/introductory level, they would need to complete the following:

  • a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in a specific world language;
  • three semester hours of credit in language acquisition; and,
  • three semester hours of credit in methods of teaching a world language.

If candidates begin their world language course work at the intermediate level, they would need to complete the following:

  • a minimum of 18 semester hours of credit in a specific world language;
  • three semester hours of credit in language acquisition; and,
  • three semester hours of credit in methods of teaching a world language.

If candidates begin their world language course work at the advanced level, they would need to complete the following:

  • a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in a specific world language;
  • three semester hours of credit in language acquisition; and,
  • three semester hours of credit in methods of teaching a world language.

8. Other than completing formal course work requirements to obtain a world language endorsement, are there any other options, such as passing a test, in lieu of course work?

Scores of Advanced Mid or above on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) are accepted to determine language proficiency sufficient to waive the required 24 semester hours of credit in the language.  Please be aware that these examinations do not waive the language acquisition and methods courses required for an additional endorsement in world languages.

For more information on the ACTFL tests, please contact Language Testing International at 914-948-5100 or www.actfl.org/

9. How do I obtain an additional endorsement in bilingual education?

Please review the bilingual fact sheet.

10. Are there any approved course lists available for cross endorsement purposes?

Lists of pre-approved courses that meet cross-endorsement requirements for elementary education, middle school education, bilingual education, TESOL, health education, history/social studies and elementary foreign language are available at www.ct.gov/sde/cert, under “Approved Course Lists.”

The information contained on this fact sheet is subject to change without notice.

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