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If you are a reapplicant to the ARC program, please click here to resume. 

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If this is the first time you are applying to ARC, please proceed with the following instructions.

Application to Connecticut’s Alternate Route to Certification Program (ARC) must be completed online.  The following instructions will help ensure that your application is complete.  Please note that in addition to completing the online application, you must submit several documents in hard copy to ARC.  These documents are identified in the online application.

We recommend that you print a copy of these instructions for future reference.

Before completing the application

1.  Read the ARC catalog.

2.  Register for the Praxis Core tests (if you have not already taken them) or apply for the Praxis Core waiver.

3.  Register for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test if Needed (World Language Candidates only).

4.  Register for the Praxis II examinations (if you have not already passed them).

5.  Request transcripts – Arrange for your undergraduate and any graduate transcripts to be sent directly to ARC, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 707, Hartford, CT 06103. 

6.  Obtain a foreign credential review for a bachelor’s degree or any collegiate study from outside the U.S.

7.  Identify three references – You will need three current references as part of your application.

Filling Out the Application Online

1.  Complete all sections of the application.  Note that you do not have to complete the application in one sitting.  At the beginning of the application, you will establish a login and password so that you may return to your application as needed until you submit the final version.  Be aware that:

a.  While you are working on the application, you need to permit pop-ups in your internet browser and/or toolbars.  Important information for responding to questions will be provided in pop-ups, and your reference forms cannot be accessed and printed if you do not permit pop-ups.

b.  When you are working on your application, if you stay on one page for more than 20 minutes without saving your data, you will have to log in again and will lose any information you have inputted but not saved.

c.  Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make additional changes to it.

d.  We strongly suggest that you print a full copy of your completed application for your personal files.  Please do not mail a full copy of your application to the ARC Office.

2.  Print, sign, and mail the signature page and include a resume - Once you have completed your application, you need to print a copy of the “Signature Page.”  Sign the page and mail it to ARC, along with the application fee and a copy of your current resume.

Mailing Address:  Alternate Route to Certification

Office of Higher Education

450 Columbus Boulevard

Suite 707

Hartford, CT  06103-1841

Click here to begin filling out the application.

3.  Monitor the completeness of your application – You must monitor the completeness of your application to be certain that ARC has received all required documents (e.g., transcripts, recommendations).  Click on the box that follows to monitor your application.  You will need your login and password.  Note that you will not be able to monitor the completeness of your application until ARC has received and processed your application's signature page and the check for your application fee

You will not be notified if items are missing from your application.  It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor the status of their application in a timely manner.  Access to the status of your application is available 24 hours a day.

Click here to monitor the completeness of your application.



450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 707, Hartford, CT  06103-1841, Phone:  860-947-1800

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