Welcome to the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC), a weekend program
for highly-motivated 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.
ARC program 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 student practicum experience.
the 2019-20 academic year, ARC will run1 the following
Secondary Business Education
Secondary Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science,
K-12 World Languages
Pre-K-12 Family and Consumer Sciences
Pre-K-12 Technology Education
K-12 Music - This certification may no longer be offered through the ARC
program after the 2019-20 academic year. If interested in Music
certification, you may want to consider applying to the 2019-20 ARC
does not, however, provide certification training in elementary
education, art, history/social studies or special education.
for the 2019-20 program are available
and must be submitted by June 14, 20192. The 2019-20 session will
operate Saturdays from September 5, 2019 to May
14, 2020 in Hartford. When needed, make-up sessions will be held
on Friday evenings. Tuition and other costs average $6,000.
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.
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.
Official scores on all sections of the
Praxis Core Academic Skills Test (Core)
reading, writing and mathematics or evidence of obtaining minimum scores
required for a waiver based on SAT, ACT, PAA or GRE
Official scores on the
Praxis II subject area exams
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
exams for world language applicants.
1ARC 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 student teaching
placements. If a subject area cannot be offered, application fees
will be refunded to applicants for that subject area.
2ARC 2019-20 deadline has been extended to June 14, 2019.