The Alternate Route to Certification Program (ARC) recommends candidates
for teacher certification once the following requirements are met:
1. Core and Methods
3. Praxis II or ACTFL
coursework and application requirements
5. Other requirements
in accordance with program policies and state certification regulations
not have been in effect at time of ARC admission.
ARC graduates who are recommended for certification will receive two
Statement of Preparing Higher Education Form
Application for a Temporary 90-day
Initial copies of both forms are provided free of charge. Effective July 1,
2015, a $10 fee will be charged for each additional copy of the ED 125
requested, payable by personal check or money order made out to "Alternate Route
to Certification" and mailed to the ARC Office. Only requests by mail, with
appropriate payment and return address, will be honored.
Temporary 90-Day Certificate
Both the ED 125 and ED 172 forms must be
completed to apply for your first certificate, the Temporary 90-Day
Certificate. In addition, you will need:
Official college transcripts
Praxis II or
hiring recommendation from a district superintendent or designee.
To apply for a
Temporary 90-Day Certificate, ARC graduates must be hired by a Connecticut
public school in either a permanent teaching position (full or part-time) or as
a long-term substitute serving 90 days or longer in a subject and grade related
to their area of ARC training. ARC graduates working in part-time positions
(less than 50% or .4 or less) must renew their temporary 90-Day Certificate and
serve another 90 days; all time will be pro-rated to meet the 90-day full-time
A Temporary 90-Day Certificate can be granted only in a graduate’s ARC
area of study.
When does the Temporary 90-Day Certificate go
• The hiring
district must note the 90 days of contracted teaching days (not calendar days)
in Part IV of the ED 172 Form.
If an application is submitted before the first day of
employment, the Certificate is effective on the first date of employment
provided in the application.
If an application is submitted after the first day of
employment, the Certificate is effective on the date the application is received
and recorded by the CT State Department of Education.
Highly Qualified Status
The signed ED 125 Form and/or the Temporary 90-Day Certificate confirm
that an ARC graduate is considered highly qualified. The completion of Praxis
II or ACTFL and the ARC Program validates this status.
No more than two weeks prior
to the expiration of your Temporary 90-day Certificate, you may apply for an
Initial Educator Certificate, provided you are serving in a full-time position
(more than 50% or .5 or more). To apply for an Initial Educator Certificate, you
will need to submit a completed
Form which contains an official recommendation from a district superintendent or
designee. The recommendation for the Initial Educator Certificate must come from
the same district that requested your
Temporary 90-Day Certificate.
All new teachers teaching under the Initial Educator Certificate must
participate in the
(Teacher Education and Mentoring) Program.
TEAM is administered by the CT
State Department of Education and Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs),
and involves personalized mentoring and written modules.
Other Certification Options
may be requested if you are teaching a subject area outside of your ARC area of
study for no more than two periods a day. The subject area must be an identified
shortage area for the current school year.
A Minor Assignment
will be issued for the duration of the school year, and must be issued in
alignment with a Temporary 90-Day Certificate or any other level of teaching
A Minor Assignment
can be reissued for one additional year. The second year gives you additional
time to complete the requirements for a full cross endorsement.
A minimum of 12
credits in the content area is required for a Minor Assignment.
Minor Assignment application
request is submitted by the hiring district, and not the ARC graduate.
Endorsement is an additional certificate added to your license when you reach
the level of Initial
Educator Certification, and anytime thereafter.
There are specific
course and assessment requirements for cross-endorsement eligibility that are
regulated by the CT State Department of Education.
information, refer to the
SDE Cross Endorsement Facts Sheet.
If you are unable to secure a permanent, public school teaching position
after completing the ARC Program, you may explore the following options.
1. Part or full-time
ED 175 Form
(completed by hiring district)
3. School support,
e.g. paraprofessional, intervention specialist
SDE Adult Education Fact Sheet #101
E, Page 5, ED 170 Form
6. School Business
Administration (if eligible)
Page 2 – SDE Fact Sheet #100
SDE Coaching Fact Sheet: #105
Connecticut Coaching Education Program
On-Line Concussion Management Course
SDE Coaching Competencies
Approved Courses – 5-Year Renewable Coaching
ARC graduates are provided:
coaching upon request
Access to the ARC
Access to job
Connecticut Education Association (CEA)
Job Fair Notifications
K-12 District Websites
K12 Job Spot - Connecticut
Types of Certificates
Certification Endorsement Codes
Individual and District Application forms
CT State Department of Education