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Alternate Route to Teacher Certification

 

New ARC I Summer 2015 Session Catalog & Application

 

Welcome to the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC), a state-approved program for talented mid-career adults who wish to enter the teaching profession.  Created in 1986 by the Connecticut legislature, ARC is conducted by the Office of Higher Education, and is approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education.

 

ARC conducts two sessions each year at the Office of Higher Education in Hartford:

a full-time 10-week summer program from June to August; applications for the 2015 session are due March 2, 2015.

a weekend September-May program; applications for the 2015-16 session are not yet available.

 

Each session offers subject-based methods classes, and training in areas such as Common Core State Standards, classroom management, differentiated instruction, lesson and unit planning, assessment of student learning, special education and Section 504, English Language learners, and integrating technology in the classroom.  ARC students observe classrooms, and work with team-trained cooperating teachers and ARC evaluators during their clinical student teaching experience.

 

The ARC Catalog provides a complete description of the ARC Program, including admission requirements, waivers and application procedures.

 

Admission Requirements (see 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. Applicants with a bachelor's degree earned outside of the U.S. must have their credentials evaluated by agencies approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

 

Specific course requirements for certification, depending upon intended teaching field, as established by ARC and the Connecticut 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, or a waiver available as part of the ARC application. 

 

Passing scores on all sections of the Praxis I examinations in Reading, Writing and Mathematics or a waiver from the Connecticut 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 Resources

ARC Office (860)947-1300

ARC Certification Fact Sheet

ARC Job Openings for Evaluators and Coaches

 

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

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