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Alternate Route to Teacher Certification


Become a Teacher with the ARC Program - WFSB-TV Feature Story


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:

ARC I - a full-time 10-week summer program from June to August; applications for the summer 2016 session are expected to be available soon.

ARC II - a weekend September-May program; the application period for the 2015-16 session is closed.


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.


Depending on student demand and shortage areas, both ARC sessions prepare candidates for certification in Grade 7-12 English, mathematics, the sciences (biology, chemistry, earth science, general science and physics) and K-12 world languages. The weekend program also may offer training in PreK-12 family and consumer sciences, music and technology education. ARC does not provide certification training in elementary education, art, history/social studies or special education. Tuition averages $4,400.


Admission Requirements


• 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 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 on the Praxis II subject area exams or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) exams for world language applicants.


Obtaining Certification through ARC

ARC II 2015-16 Weekend Session Catalog


ARC Resources

Application Link for Current Applicants

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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