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2013-14 Catalog 
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Pathway to Teaching Careers, A.A.

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Program Design

The Pathway to Teaching Careers associate degree program was developed in response to the state of Connecticut’s need for new teachers in shortage areas. The Pathway to Teaching Careers program will transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University. Students who successfully complete this program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher, earn the associate degree, and pass the Praxis I examination will be considered for admission to the baccalaureate program at ECSU on an equal basis with native students at ECSU. Students interested in transferring to schools of education at other colleges should meet with an advisor to ensure that the proper courses are taken for transfer. Students include individuals interested in a career as a teacher including those currently working as paraprofessionals, high school graduates, and individuals seeking a career change.


The Pathway to Teaching Careers program is the basis for the first two years of undergraduate work at Eastern Connecticut State University. Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time, during the day or in the evening. Students must seek the advice of a transfer counselor to ensure that they meet all requirements of the program and the state with regard to becoming a teacher in Connecticut. This program is for students who are interested in teaching students in elementary or secondary school.

Students who are interested in teaching preschool age children or children in kindergarten, first, second, or third grades should follow the Early Childhood Education Program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Pathway to Teaching Careers degree requirements, graduates will

  1. Describe the role of the teacher in the classroom.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for earning teacher certification based on academic program requirements and state certification requirements.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to think critically, evaluate information and sources, use that information ethically, and write clearly and effectively.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work within a group effectively.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Component.

Pathways to Teaching Requirements

Total Credits Required: 62-66


Students with two years of a high school foreign language are exempt from the language requirement.

Teacher candidates in Connecticut must have an academic or content major other than education to be eligible for teacher certification.  Please contact the Social Science & Hospitality Division at 860-512-2753 to locate faculty advisors in this program.

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