Alternate Route to Certification


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Alternate Route to Teacher Certification


Welcome to the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC), an accelerated hybrid program for highly-motivated adults who wish to enter the teaching profession. In existence for 35 years, ARC is operated through 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 core areas of teaching including, but not limited to the Common Core State Standards, classroom management, differentiated instruction, lesson 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 Connecticut TEAM trained cooperating teachers and ARC evaluators during an 8-week student practicum experience.


For the 2021-22 academic year, ARC will run* 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

• Pre-K-12 Music



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.


Tuition and other costs average $6,000


ARC is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 Program. The Catalog for the 2022-23 ARC Program will be available in November. Please re-visit our website at that time for information including admission requirements for the 2022-23 program. Enrollment will open in January.


Admission Requirements


Degree Requirement

Bachelor's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and a passing score on the respective PII test or ACTFL OPI and WPT tests.  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.


GPA Requirement

A minimum grade point average (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 is required.  If applicants do not meet these requirements, they must apply for a GPA waiver for consideration as part of the online application.


Testing Requirements

Praxis Core Academic Skills Test:  Official passing scores on Praxis Core (reading 156, writing 162, math 150) are required.  Praxis Core waivers are available based on obtaining minimum scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, or PAA.


Praxis II Subject Area Test/ACTFL:  Official passing scores on Praxis II for all certification areas except World Language are required.


World Language applicants, official passing scores on the ACTFL OPI and WPT tests.


Additional testing information and deadlines can be found in the online ARC catalog.


Please note that there are no waivers for Praxis II or ACTFL.


*ARC 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. 


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To learn more about applying to ARC and have your questions answered, register for a free, virtual Q&A session hosted weekly through April 2021 by our friends at TEACH Connecticut.