Become a Teacher with the ARC Program
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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 August; the application period
for the summer 2015 summer session is closed.
a weekend September-May program;
for the 2015-16 session are expected to be available mid-April.
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 usually 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 may offer training in family and consumer
sciences, technology education and music as well. ARC does not provide
certification training in elementary education, art, history/social studies or
description of the ARC Program, including admission requirements, waivers and application
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
Application Link for Current Applicants
ARC Certification Fact
ARC Job Openings for Evaluators and Coaches
Districts Invited to 4/18 ARC Job Fair