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.
conducts two sessions each year at the Office of Higher Education in Hartford:
- a full-time 10-week summer program from June to mid-August; applications for
the 2016 Summer Session are due February 1, 2016
- a weekend September-May program; applications are being accepted from February
2, 2016 to April 1, 2016
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.
on student demand and shortage areas, both ARC sessions generally prepare
candidates for certification in Grade 7-12 English, mathematics, the sciences
(biology, chemistry, earth science, general science and physics), K-12 world
languages, family and consumer sciences, technology education, and music. ARC does not provide
certification training in elementary education, art, history/social studies or
Tuition and other costs
• 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
Core Academic Skills Test (Core)
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
II subject area exams or the
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
(ACTFL) exams for world language applicants.
What ARC Teachers Say about ARC
- WFSB-TV Feature Story 3/2015