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Alternate Route to Teacher Certification


Welcome to the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) Program. ARC prepares talented mid-career adults to teach in Connecticut schools.  Created in 1986 by the Connecticut state legislature, ARC is conducted by the Office of Higher Education, and authorized by the Connecticut State Department of Education.


ARC conducts two sessions a year: a 9-week full-time summer program, and a weekend program from September 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 conduct classroom observations and student teach. 


Applications are being accepted until July 1 for the fall 2014 ARC session; tuition is $4,170, click here to access the catalog.


Eligibility Requirements

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.


Fall 2014 ARC Program

This session will be held September 26, 2014 – May 23, 2015 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, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, all others)

Secondary Grades, 7-12: English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science and Physics)

PreK-12 Family and Consumer Sciences, Music, Technology Education


The application deadline for the Fall 2014 ARC Program is July 1, 2014.  To monitor the status of your application, click here.


Summer 2014 ARC Program

The application deadline for the Summer 2014 Program has passed.



ARC Office, 860-947-1300

Education & Employment Information Center, (800) 842-0229


61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT  06105-2326, Phone:  860-947-1800

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