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1.   Does ARC offer a summer program?

 

ARC no longer offers a summer program.

 

Programs offereings for ARC 2021-22:  Grade 7-12 - Business Education, English, Math, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science and Physics), Grade K-12 - World Languages, PreK-12 - Music, Family Consumer Science and Technology Education.

 

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2.   Where is the program held and what are the program dates?

 

The ARC 2021 hybrid program will be held from September 9, 2021 - May 26, 2022.  The hybrid class schedule will be as follows:

 

Online classes will be held two weekday evenings (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

In person classes will be held at Goodwin University on two Saturdays a month (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)

 

Goodwin University, 195 Riverside Drive, East Hartford 

 

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3.   What is ARC's mailing address/contact information?

 

Office of Higher Education - Attn:  Alternate Route to Certification, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 707, Hartford, CT  06103

 

Documents being mailed to the ARC office should not be sent requiring a signature.

 

Documents can be dropped off on the street level of 450 Columbus Boulevard in the mail slot for the CT Department of Education.  ARC staff is not available to pick up hand delivered documents.

 

ARC Email:  ohe.arc@ct.gov            TEACH Connecticut:  www.teachconnecticut.org

 

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4.   Are Praxis Core, Praxis II or ACTFL required?

 

Official passing scores on Praxis Core (reading 156, writing 162, math 150) are required by the application deadline.

 

Praxis Core waivers are available based on obtaining minimum scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, or PAA.  All applicants must take Praxis Core or qualify for a waiver.  Praxis Core waiver requests will only be reviewed and approved, if applicable, once an application is received.

 

Applicants for Business Education, English, Family Consumer Science, Mathematics, Music, Science and Technology Education must take and pass their respective Praxis II by the application deadline.

 

World Language candidates must take and achieve the required score on both the ACTFL OPI and WPT test by the application deadline.

 

There are no waivers for PII tests or ACTFL.

 

Additional testing information can be found below and in the ARC Catalog.

 

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5.   How do I know whether I meet all the admission requirements?

 

ARC applicants must meet all admission criteria to be eligible for acceptance. Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and have achieved a passing score on the respective PII content assessment test by the application deadline. World Language applicants, see below for admission criteria information.

 

Applicants who have a major or closely-related major in the intended teaching certificate being sought that have taken but have not passed their respective PII test by the application deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

 

World Language Applicants:

ARC applicants must meet all admission criteria to be eligible for acceptance. Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and have achieved the required scores on the ACTFL OPI and WPT by the application deadline. 

 

Applicants who majored in the language for which a teaching certificate will be sought but have not taken and passed their respective OPI and WPT tests by the application deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Required ACTFL OPI and WPT score information can be found here.

 

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6.   Is there a GPA requirement?

 

Applicants must have an undergraduate 3.00 GPA or have successfully completed 24 semester hours or more of graduate study with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. Candidates who do not meet either of these must apply for a GPA Waiver as part of the online application.

 

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7.   What do I need for references?

 

Your references should be able to speak to your professional qualifications and highlight your skills and potential to become a teacher. These are reviewed by an Admissions Committee along with your application so it would be important to select people from your background who could best illustrate your capability to successfully participate in ARC and eventually become an effective educator. Reference forms are found in the online ARC Application. ARC must receive three sealed and current letters on official letterhead and attached to the Reference Form.

 

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8.   Are degrees earned outside of the United States accepted?

 

Degrees earned outside of the United States must be evaluated by specific agencies designated in the ARC catalog.

 

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9.   Is financial aid available?

 

Loans for ARC are available through CHESLA, the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority.

 

ARC applicants are not eligible for federal Title IV funding awarded through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).  ARC application fee:  www.ontch.org/ARCfee, Scholarship:  www.ontch.org/ARCscholarship.

 

Candidates with a TEACH Connecticut account can get reimbursed the $100 application fee and can apply for a $1,000 scholarship.

 

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10. Am I able to earn certification in art, bilingual, early childhood, elementary education, social studies/history, physical education, special education, or TESOL/ELL through ARC?

 

ARC does not offer these endorsements.

 

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11. I applied to ARC before.  Can I apply again?

 

ARC maintains submitted applications and supporting documents for two years for applicants who are not offered admission. To reapply go to the online ARC Application and follow directions for re-applicants.  The application fee to reapply is $100.

 

Please note if you applied to ARC more than two years prior to reapplying, you must begin the process as a new applicant. This includes submitting all required documentation test scores, application fee, transcripts, references, etc. again.

 

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12. How long is the Student Practicum and where do they occur?

 

Student practicum is eight weeks (40-consecutive days). You must be available during the day to successfully complete this requirement. Every effort will be made to place you in a school close to where you live.

 

Students can work in public school under a Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP) or as a Long Term Substitute) and complete their student practicum assignment.  The DSAP or LTS assignment must meet the requirements of the ARC program.  The PII or ACTFL tests must be taken and passed before a DSAP application will be approved or a student practicum placement assigned.

 

All ARC candidates will be required to submit and pass the edTPA Assessment as required by the State Department of Education certification.

 

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13. Can I continue in full-time employment while participating in the ARC Program?

 

Yes, you can continue to work full-time as long as you can arrange a leave of absence for an eight-week student teaching practicum.

 

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14. What does the ARC program look like?

 

Two types of classes provide both general and specific learning opportunities about becoming an educator.  The general aspects are covered in a large group Core classes while content specific aspects are covered in smaller Methods classes.

 

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15. I am a teacher at a non-public school  How can I get certified?

 

Non-public school teachers may apply for certification if they meet Connecticut requirements. Please direct questions to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification at 860-713-6969 or at teacher.cert@ct.gov.

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16. I am already certified in Connecticut.  How can I get certified/cross endorsed in another subject?

 

Please direct questions to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification at 860-713-6969 or at teacher.cert@ct.gov.

 

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17. As a certified teacher from another state/country, how can I get Connecticut certification?

Certified teachers from outside Connecticut should direct their questions to the State of Connecticut Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification at 860-713-6969 or by email teacher.cert@ct.gov. Prior to contacting the Department of Education, please review the publication here.

 

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18. Am I certified once I successfully complete the ARC program?

 

Please review Employment Upon ARC Completion in the ARC Catalog.  Further explanations may be found on the ARC homepage here.

 

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19. How do I know whether I am missing anything prior to submitting my application?  How do I know whether I am missing anything after submitting application?

 

Once you electronically submit your ARC application and send ARC your signature page, application fee check, and current resume, you may verify which documents ARC has by logging onto the online application system. ARC must receive and process all required application materials before you are able to do this. You may find more information on the ARC website here.

 

All applicants are responsible for monitoring the status of their application.

 

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20. When will I receive notice of acceptance into the program?

 

Program dates can be found on the Addendum page of the ARC Catalog.

 

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21. Additional resources.

 

TEACH Connecticut:  www.teachconnecticut.org

 

Sign up for a free, 30-minute, 1-on-1 coaching call:  www.ontch.org/ARCcoach

 

Apply for up to $100 reimbursement for ARC application fee:  www.ontch.org/ARCfee

 

Enter to win a $1,000 scholarship:  www.ontch.org/ARCscholarship

 

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