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Alternate Route to Teacher Certification


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.


The 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.


For the 2019-20 academic year, ARC will run1 the following cohorts:

• Secondary Business Education

• Secondary English

• Secondary Mathematics

• Secondary Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, and Physics)

• 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 program.


ARC does not, however, provide certification training in elementary education, art, history/social studies or special education.


Applications for the 2019-20 program are available here 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.


Admission Requirements


• A 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.

• 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 study, or a waiver available as part of the ARC application. 

Official scores on all sections of the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test (Core) in reading, writing and mathematics or evidence of obtaining minimum scores required for a waiver based on SAT, ACT, PAA or GRE scores.

Official scores on the Praxis II subject area exams or the 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.  


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