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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.


ARC prepares candidates for certification in Grade 7-12 English, mathematics, the sciences (biology, chemistry, earth science, general science and physics), K-12 world languages, family and consumer sciences, technology education, and music. Areas of certification training are subject to change depending on student interest and shortage areas.  ARC does not, however, provide certification training in elementary education, art, history/social studies or special education.


Applications for the 2017-18 program are available here and must be submitted by May 19, 2017.  The 2017-18 session will operate most Friday evenings and Saturdays from September 7, 2017 to May 24, 2018 in Hartford.  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.


Contact ARC

ARC Office (860)947-1300




450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510, Hartford, CT  06103-1841, Phone:  860-947-1800

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