That's great you want to go into teaching, not many people do
I started my search by limiting it to Connecticut only, to find the
most specific information for you. I have found two very specific,
very helpful sites about CT financial aid, and one in particular
program you may find very interesting!
The first site is the Connecticut Department of Higher Education
(http://www.ctdhe.org/SFA/sfa.HTM). This website details exactly what
you would need as a working professional deciding to reenter the
educational process for certification. It details the major sources of
financial aid (15) available to most students, and provides details
for filling out the FAFSA. FAFSA stands for the Free Application For
Federal Student Aid. You must complete a FAFSA to apply for state and
federal financial aid. The information contained in this application
is used to determine your eligibility and is required by all colleges
and universities if you are seeking public aid. The amount of aid you
are eligible for is dependant on your income, and many other factors,
so there is no way to determine your exact eligibility until you have
completed an application.
Their site also provides a link to Connecticut's Institutions of
Higher Learning (http://www.ctdhe.org/cgi-bin/webplus.dll?script=/db2/school.wml)
as well as student financial aid resources
(http://www.ctdhe.org/SFA/SFAResources.htm), detailing and providing
links to other sources of financial aid available to you.
The site I think you will find most interesting, is the Board of
Governors for Higher Education site
(http://www.ctdhe.org/ARC/default.htm), which details a program called
the 'Alternate Route to Teacher Certification' or ARC, and the
'Alternate Route to Teacher Certification II' or ARCII. ARC is a
rigorous 8 week period of full-time intensive instruction during the
summer. ARCII is a very rigorous 24 week period of part-time
instruction on Friday evenings and Saturdays during the school year.
ARCII for teacher certification is SPECIFICALLY tailored for working
professionals who do not wish to or can not quit their current jobs to
obtain certification. You can find details about this program, as well
as links to online links to brochures, schedules and next dates for
these programs in Connecticut at http://www.ctdhe.org/ARC/default.htm
Hope this helps you in your search, if you need clarification, please
don't hesitate to request it, I'm on regularly. Good luck!