Welcome to the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC)
Program. ARC prepares talented mid-career adults to teach in Connecticut schools. Created in 1986 by the Connecticut state legislature, ARC is
conducted by the Office of Higher Education, and authorized by the Connecticut State
Department of Education.
ARC conducts two sessions a year: a 9-week full-time
summer program, and a weekend program from September to May. Each session
offers subject-based methods classes, and training in educational topics such as
Common Core State Standards, classroom management, specific teaching strategies,
assessment of student learning, special education and English Language Learners.
ARC students also conduct classroom observations and student teach.
are being accepted until July 1 for the
fall 2014 ARC session; tuition is $4,170, click
to access the catalog.
• A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited
institution with a major in, or closely related to, the intended teaching
• 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
• 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.
Fall 2014 ARC Program
This session will be held September 26, 2014 – May 23, 2015 at ARC’s location
at the Office of Higher Education in Hartford. Training for certification in the
following fields will be offered (subject to cancellation based on enrollment):
K-12 World Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German,
Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, all others)
Secondary Grades, 7-12: English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry,
Earth Science, General Science and Physics)
PreK-12 Family and Consumer Sciences, Music, Technology Education
The application deadline for the Fall 2014 ARC Program is
July 1, 2014. To monitor the status of your application, click
Summer 2014 ARC Program
The application deadline for the Summer 2014 Program has passed.