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.
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.
the 2022-22 academic year, ARC will run* the following cohorts:
Secondary Business Education
Secondary Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science,
K-12 World Languages
Pre-K-12 Family and Consumer Sciences
Pre-K-12 Technology Education
for the 2021-22 program are available
and must be submitted by April 14, 2021.
The ARC 2021
hybrid program will be held from September 11, 2021 - May 26, 2022.
The hybrid class schedule will be as follows:
classes will be held two weekday evenings, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
classes will be held at Goodwin University on two Saturdays a month,
8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
other costs average $6,000
Bachelor's Degree or higher from a
regionally accredited institution of
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.
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.
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
Additional testing information and deadlines can be found in the online
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.
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.