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Alternate Route to Teacher Certification


Welcome to 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.


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

a full-time 10-week summer program (June-August; applications for summer 2015 to be available here December 1), and

a weekend September-May program (the application period for the 2014-15 session is closed).


Each 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 student teaching.


The ARC Catalog provides a complete description of the ARC Program, including admission requirements and application procedures. Please consult the ARC Catalog for information on all aspects of the ARC Program.


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.

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 Resources

ARC Office (860)947-1300

ARC Catalog

ARC Application Link

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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