Welcome to the
Alternate Route to Certification (ARC), an accelerated hybrid program
for highly-motivated adults who wish to enter the teaching
profession. In existence for 35 years, ARC is operated through the
Office of Higher Education and is approved by the Connecticut State
Board of Education.
The ARC hybrid program includes
subject-based methods and foundations of teaching coursework including,
but not limited to the Common Core State Standards, classroom
management, differentiated instruction, lesson planning, assessment of
student learning, special education and Section 504, English Language
learners, and integrating technology in the classroom. ARC faculty
members have extensive experience working in the field as public school
teachers, administrators, and professors. Candidates are also required
to complete a 40 day practicum placement within the program year and the
edTPA assessment. Upon completion of all program requirements, teacher
candidates are eligible for a Temporary 90-Day Teaching Certificate from
Connecticut’s State Department of Education. After successfully
completing the 90-days teachers apply for their Initial Educator
Certification with the recommendation of the employing district.
2022-2023 academic year, ARC will run* the following cohorts:
Secondary Education, Grades 7-12
(Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science & Physics)
Languages, K-12 (French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese,
Russian, Spanish & Other World Languages)
Consumer Science, PreK-12
Technology Education, PreK-12
*ARC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training to a later
program cycle in any subject area depending on hiring patterns, the
number of qualified applicants, and availability of candidate practicum
placements. If a subject area cannot be offered, application fees will
be refunded to applicants for that subject area.
for the 2022-23 program will be available when enrollment opens on April
11, 2022. All application
documents, including passing Praxis Core Scores, must be received by the
application deadline. Applications will not be reviewed until complete.
The ARC 2022
hybrid program will be held from September 17, 2022 - May 25, 2023.
The hybrid class schedule will be as follows:
Online classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday
evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In person classes will be held in Hartford on two
Saturdays a month from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
A full-time practicum is required to be completed
during the program year. Practicum is for 40-consecutive school days and
is individually scheduled to start in late winter or early spring.
other costs average $6,500
Bachelor's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited
institution of higher education and a passing score on
the respective PII test or ACTFL OPI and WPT tests. 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.
minimum grade point average (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 is required. If applicants do not meet these requirements,
they must apply for a GPA waiver for consideration as part of the online
Praxis Core Academic Skills Test: Official passing scores
on Praxis Core (reading 156, writing 162, math 150) are required.
Praxis Core waivers are available based on obtaining minimum scores on
the SAT, ACT, GRE, or PAA.
Praxis II Subject Area Test/ACTFL: Official passing scores
on Praxis II for all certification areas except World Language are
required. World Language applicants, official passing scores on the
ACTFL OPI and WPT tests.
Additional testing information and deadlines can be found in the online ARC catalog.
Please note that there are no waivers for Praxis II or ACTFL.
If you have questions or need support in applying to ARC, our partners at TEACH Connecticut are hosting information sessions on Tuesday evenings from March 1 through July 5, 2022.
Register to attend an event: https://ontch.org/ctarc22