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.
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
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
Applications for the 2017-18 program are available
and must be submitted by April 1, 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.
• 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
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.
II subject area exams or the
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
(ACTFL) exams for world language applicants.