Alternate Route to Teacher Certification
Welcome to the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC)
Program. ARC prepares talented mid-career adults to teach in schools throughout
Connecticut. Created in 1986 by the Connecticut state legislature, ARC is
conducted by the Office of Higher Education, and authorized by the CT State
Department of Education.
ARC conducts two sessions each year: a 9-week full-time
summer program, and a weekend program from October to May. Each session
offers subject-based methods classes, and training in educational topics such as
Common Core State Standards, classroom management, specific teaching strategies,
assessment of student learning, special education and English Language Learners.
ARC students also will conduct classroom observations and student teach.
Tuition for the summer 2014 session is $4,170.
bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a major in, or
closely related to, the intended teaching field.
course requirements for certification, depending upon intended teaching field,
as established by ARC and the CT State Department of Education.
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.
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.
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.
Summer 2014 ARC Program
This session will be held June 2 – August 8 at ARC’s location
at the Office of Higher Education in Hartford. Training for certification in the
following fields will be offered (subject to cancellation based on enrollment):
K-12 World Languages (Arabic, French, Latin, Mandarin
Chinese, Russian and Spanish)
Secondary Grades, 7-12: English, Mathematics and
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science and Physics)
Key dates for the Summer 2014 ARC Program are:
Mandatory ARC I Student Orientation, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Teacher Recruitment Fair for ARC Students, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
June 2 - August 8
ARC I Summer Session, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
June 30 - August 1
Student Teaching, daily hours extended to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, please consult the
You also may contact the
860-947-1300, or the
Employment Information Center,
(800) 842-0229. The application period for the ARC weekend program is