Instructor Certification

Process & Deadline

NIO 2015The instructor certification process is an essential program component and represents a high level of professional trust and respect. Interested high school instructors are encouraged to begin the certification process one year prior to the academic year the course will begin. Instructors must be employed at either a UConn ECE partner high school or interested in starting the program at their high school to apply for certification.

The deadline to submit completed applications for review for certification for the 2019-2020 academic year is January 31, 2019. Early application submissions are encouraged.

Application Package

A completed application packet is required for certification. Before applying, confirm that the certification requirements have been met and verify if additional application materials are required. A certification application packet consists of:

  • An Instructor Certification Application Form
  • A detailed cover letter that describes the applicant's relevant background and qualifications (addressed to faculty coordinator in appropriate discipline)
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from the applicant's high school principal and department head. If the applicant is the department head, a recommendation letter from a colleague would be accepted).
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
    Please note: Copies of foreign transcripts are often requested by the discipline's department in order to make an informed certification decision. Foreign transcript evaluations are accepted however may not replace the actual foreign transcript.
  • A proposed course syllabus for each course the applicant is applying to teach. Sample syllabi are listed on this website under the Courses & Disciplines link. It is highly recommended that the applicant review the sample syllabus and tailor their proposed syllabus accordingly. Please also advise the UConn ECE Syllabus Template to ensure all required elements are present. It is possible to teach Advanced Placement and UConn Early College Experience courses concurrently. When doing so, it is important that UConn ECE instructors adhere to the same curriculum that is being taught at the University of Connecticut. This may differ from the applicant's syllabus used during the Advanced Placement syllabus audit.

Send a complete application package to:
UConn Early College Experience
Attn. Stefanie Malinoski
University of Connecticut
368 Fairfield Way Unit 4171
Storrs, CT 06269-4171

Completed applications are then forwarded to the appropriate faculty coordinator for departmental review. Certification decisions and letters of appointment are mailed to each applicant directly. The turnaround for applications is typically four weeks after the package is received.


Newly certified instructors are required to attend an on-campus program orientation in the summer. The 2018 New Instructor Orientation took place on June 5, 2018 and the alternate session was on August 17, 2018. Instructors must attend one professional development workshop every two years in order to maintain certification.

Certified instructors do not need to re-apply annually.

If a UConn ECE instructor transfers to a new school and wishes to continue teaching they must submit a new application packet. They do not, however, need to re-submit transcripts unless new coursework has been added.

Graduate Scholarship

UConn Early College Experience offers two scholarships each fall and spring semester to instructors who are interested in UConn ECE certification but are missing a required course. The scholarship allows interested instructors to take graduate courses in their content areas to become more qualified candidates for certification. Courses are approved by UConn ECE faculty coordinators and can be taken at any area college or university.


Caution-2Applicants must have gone through the UConn ECE Instructor Certification process and have been recommended by the faculty coordinator to complete graduate coursework in order to get fully certified. Applicants are responsible for seeking approval for chosen course(s) from the faculty coordinator before applying for the scholarship. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than July 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester and April 15th for the summer intersession.