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Charter Oak State College


Charter Oak State College is Connecticut's public online college offering master's degree, bachelor's degree and associate degree programs, as well as certificate programs for adults. Students can complete degrees in many majors and concentrations through the exclusive use of affordable and accelerated online courses. In other cases, majors and concentrations may be completed by combining Charter Oak's courses and other sources of credit. 

Charter Oak State College was established in 1973 by the Connecticut legislature and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education. The college has over 16,000 alumni. 

The college is guided by our vision statement: Charter Oak State College: A dynamic community of online learners advancing the nation's workforce one graduate at a time.

  • College or University
  • New Britain, CT

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Each day when I enter my classroom, as I prepare for the arrival of my students, I think about the Alternate Route to Certification program and all the things it taught me. I took all of the teachings and advice under consideration, and now I am considered one of the best teachers in my school. Without ARC’s help and support, I wouldn't be where I am today. I thank you so much for all you have done for me as well as all of the blessed students that had the opportunity to be in this great program. Thank you again and never stop doing what you do. You are the greatest!

Carolyn Kennedy



Alternate Route to Certification in Early Childhood Education

  • 12 months

    Program Duration

  • Online

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The ARC program consists of intensive and accelerated instruction by expert faculty. All students receive orientation in the use of online learning technology and Charter Oak State College resources. Students complete online coursework and meet in person from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for classes on Saturdays at Charter Oak in New Britain. Students additionally complete multiple field based projects throughout the duration of the program and complete a four week internship towards the end of the program. 

Field sites for the internship are by the program coordinator. Students must successfully complete all portions of the program as well as a final edTPA portfolio assessment in order to be recommended for teacher certification. 

Students who complete the program receive a temporary certification during their first 90 days of employment and are then issued their initial teaching certification from the State Department of Education.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Aug. 01, 2024

  • Jan. 01, 2025

  • Apr. 01, 2025

  • Rolling Deadline


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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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and apply for a$1000 Scholarship

  • $7,300

    In State Tuition

  • $0

    Application Fee

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Integrated Early Childhood/Special Education, Grades Birth-K

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

Program Hallmarks


  • Male

  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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