Connecticut Common Standard for Assessing "School-Age" Credits and Degrees (including Elementary Education, Recreation, Group Social Work or Related Field for School-Age Head Teachers)

This document includes guidance on assessing courses and degrees in elementary education, recreation, and group social work degree programs that could meet the education requirement for the school-age head teacher certificate.

The document "Connecticut Common Standard for Assessing Early Childhood Education Credits and Degrees" guides assessing credits in early childhood education or child development. This may be referenced to assess possible early childhood or child development credits also applicable to school- age head teacher applicants.

The Office of Early Childhood Statutes and Regulations for Licensing Child Care Centers and Group Day Care Homes section 19a-79-11(f)(School age children endorsement) defines the education requirement for a school-age head teacher as follows:

(5) (A) "Twelve (12) credits in early childhood education or child development, elementary
education, recreation, group social work or a related field from an accredited institution of
higher education with program approval from the Board of Governors of Higher Education; or"

(B) "approval by the department as a head teacher prior to January 1, 1994; or"

(6) "a four (4) year college degree in elementary education, recreation, group social work or
a related field from an accredited institution of higher education with program approval
from the Board of Governors of Higher Education"

Definition of Common Standard: School-Age

The Office of Early Childhood has adopted the following standard to be used to determine compliance with the requirement of 12 credits in elementary education, recreation, group social work or a related field early childhood education:

Courses, that includes the study of the education or development of children five to twelve years of age and the core knowledge associated with school-age education, will be credited toward the requirement of twelve credits in elementary education, recreation, group social work or a related field early childhood education.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1. Who will implement the Common Standard?
 

2. Does the standard accept courses that cover a wider age span?
 

3. Does the standard require that a course include study of entire age range from ages five – twelve?
 

4. Can courses be about one or more areas of child development?
 

5a. Elementary Education
Would the standard accept courses in teaching specific subject areas or a specific age group apply?
 

5b. Do courses in foundations of education or contemporary issues in education apply?
 

6a. Recreation
Would any course in recreation degree program apply?
 

6b. Would a leadership recreation course apply?
 

6c. Would a recreation course that covers disabilities apply?
 

6d. Would a recreation course on program development apply?
 

7a. Group Social Work
Would any course in Social Work program apply?
 

7b. Would a course that focuses on working with children and families as a part of the Social Work Degree?
 

7c. Would a course that addresses culture or cultural competencies?
 

7d. Would an Introductory Social Work course apply?
 

7e. Would a field work course apply towards the credit requirement?
 

7f. Do courses in social welfare policy apply?
 

7g. Does courses that focus on human behavior apply?
 

8a. Related Field (Physical Education)
Would any course in Physical Education apply?
 

9a. Teacher Certification
Could current (non-expired) teacher certification covering elementary education
apply?
 

9b. Would teaching certification covering grades 7-12 apply?