the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC), a state-approved program for talented
mid-career adults who wish to enter teaching. Created in 1986 by the
Connecticut legislature, ARC is conducted by the Office of Higher
Education, and is authorized by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
conducts two sessions each year at the Office of Higher Education in Hartford:
a full-time 9-week summer program (the 2014 summer session is now underway), and
a weekend September-May program (the application period for the 2014/15 session
is now closed).
session offers subject-based methods classes, and training in areas
such as Common Core State Standards, classroom management, specific teaching
strategies, assessment of student learning, special education and English
Language Learners. ARC students also observe classrooms, and take part in
description of the ARC Program, including admission requirements and application
Please consult the
for information on all aspects of the
ARC Catalog for more details)
• A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a major in,
or closely related to, the intended teaching field.
• Specific course requirements for certification, depending upon intended
teaching field, as established by ARC and the CT State Department of Education.
• A minimum
GPA of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in either an undergraduate degree program
or at least 24 semester hours of graduate study.
• Passing scores on all sections of the Praxis I examinations in Reading,
Writing and Mathematics or a waiver from the CT State Department of Education
based on SAT, ACT, PAA or GRE scores.
• Passing scores or timely proof of registration for the Praxis II subject area
exams (English, Mathematics, and Science) or the American Council on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) exams for World Languages applicants.
Obtaining Certification through ARC
ARC Application Link
ARC Certification Fact