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1.   Does ARC offer a summer program?

 

ARC no longer offers a summer program.

 

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

 

The ARC 2022 hybrid program will be held from September 17, 2022 - May 25, 2023.  The hybrid class schedule will be as follows:

 

Online classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

In person classes will be held in Hartford on two Saturdays a month from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

 

A full-time practicum is required to be completed during the program year. Practicum is for 40-consecutive school days and is individually scheduled to start in late winter or early spring.

 

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

ARC Office Mailing Address:

Office of Higher Education

Attention: Alternate Route to Certification

450 Columbus Blvd., 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 for Praxis Core, Praxis II or ACTFL are required to be received by the application deadline.

 

Praxis Core Academic Skills Test: Official passing scores on Praxis Core (reading 156, writing 162, math 150) are required. When registering with ETS  include code 3007 to have scores sent electronically to ARC. Praxis Core waivers are available based on obtaining minimum scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, or PAA, as outlined in the following document. The application for the Praxis Core Waiver can be found here. When requesting SAT or ACT scores to be sent to ARC please include code 7014 (SAT/CollegeBoard) and code 8965 (ACT). Praxis Core waiver requests will only be reviewed and approved, if applicable, once an application is received.

Praxis II Subject Area Test/ACTFL tests: Official passing scores on Praxis II test for all certification areas except World Language are required. All Praxis tests are taken through ETS, when registering include code 3007 to have scores sent electronically to ARC.

For World Language applicants, official passing scores on ACTFL is required. Refer to Section V. of the ARC Catalog for more information.

 

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?

All 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 or the required scores on the ACTFL OPI and WPT by the application deadline.  

Praxis II Subject Area Tests 

Current required test score information can be found below.  

Test Name 

Test # 

Passing Score 

PRAXIS Core - Reading, Writing, Math 

5752 

see below

PRAXIS Core - Reading 

5713

156

PRAXIS Core - Writing 

5723

162

PRAXIS Core - Math 

5733

150

Biology (030) 

5235 

152

Business Education (010) 

5101 

154

Chemistry (031) 

5245 

151

Earth Science (033) 

5571 

157

English (015) 

5039 

168

General Science (034) 

5435 

157

Family Consumer Science (045) 

5122 

153

Math (029) 

5161 

160

Music (049) 

5114 

162

Physics (032) 

5265 

141

Technology Education (047) 

5051 

159

Testing information is not determined by ARC and is subject to change.  Candidates should always refer to ETS Testing Requirements for all Praxis information or the Guide for Educator Assessments in CT for CT testing requirements. 

ACTFL (World Language) Tests

Current required score information can be found below.  

World Languages 

OPI or OPIc

WPT or iWPT

French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese

Advanced Low

Advanced Low

Russian, Mandarin Chinese and other world languages

Intermediate High 

Intermediate High

Passing scores are determined by the CT State Department of Education and are subject to change.

Applicants should refer to the Guide for Educator Assessments in CT for CT testing requirements. 

Registration for the ACTFL exams is done through Language Testing. ARC applicants in World Languages must submit a copy of their OPI and WPT test results directly to ARC by the application deadline. There are no examinations required for Latin. 

The OPI and WPT exams require a proctor. Candidates who are teaching may request proctoring services from a school district building administrator or supervisor. Sylvan Learning Centers also provide proctoring services. More information can be found here. 

All required application documents and passing test scores must be received for a candidate's application to be considered complete. Only complete applications will be reviewed to determine if the candidate meets ARC’s eligibility requirements. Incomplete applications are not reviewed. ARC conducts virtual interviews for all qualified candidates prior to an admission decision.  

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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.  

 

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

 

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.

 

 

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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).

 

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 test scores and official transcripts for two years for applicants who are not offered admission.  Previous applicants are required to re-apply to future programs to ensure that ARC has an updated application, resume, current references and additional recent required application documents. Previous applicants are required to pay the non-refundable application fee.

 

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

A full-time practicum is required to be completed during the program year. Practicum is for 40-consecutive school days and is individually scheduled to start in late winter or early spring.  

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 to complete the full-time practicum.  

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14. What does the ARC program look like? 

The hybrid program consists of orientation, Foundations of Teaching course, a Methods course (in the content area the student is enrolled in), Saturday Seminars and Practicum during the program year.  

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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 Program Completion and Next Steps in the ARC Catalog. Further explanations may be found on the ARC Website.

 

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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? 

Enrollment for the 2022-2023 Program will open on April 11, 2022. Once enrollment is open the ARC Application for Admission and application instructions will be available on the ARC Website The program application deadline and notification of admission are outlined on the Addendum page of the ARC Catalog.

An application will not be reviewed unless it is fully completed and all required documents including passing test scores have been received by the ARC Office. Applicants are responsible for monitoring the status of their applications in the online application system. All required application documents and passing test scores must be received for a candidate's application to be considered complete. Only complete applications will be reviewed to determine if the candidate meets ARC’s eligibility requirements. Applicants are responsible for monitoring the status of their application through their online account. Applicants may view the status of their application online once they have submitted their application and ARC is in receipt of the required application fee. All application materials including test scores need to be received by the established deadline for consideration.  

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

 

Please review the Admissions Process provided in the ARC Catalog. 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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