Connecticut Office of Higher Education Alternate Route to Certification (ARC)


The Alternate Route to Certification program (ARC) is an innovative and challenging program. ARC was created as part of the Education Enhancement Act of 1986. It has been offered since 1988 and is administered by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education. ARC faculty members have extensive experience working in the field as public school teachers, administrators and professors. ARC is the state’s seventh largest preparer of teachers overall and one of the highest preparers of shortage area candidates in mathematics, science and world languages. The mission of the ARC program is to provide a time-condensed pathway to teaching credentials for adults who strongly desire to become teachers and who possess strong academic and content backgrounds, as well as a wide array of life and professional experiences. ARC is designed to support adult learning styles.

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  • Government/Nonprofit organization
  • Hartford, CT

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  • Admissions
  • Online Application

Numerous state and local organizations have recognized ARC graduates for their contributions to the teaching profession. Connecticut's 2007 Teacher of the Year is an ARC graduate, and since 2007, more than 50 ARC graduates have been named District or Building Teacher of the Year, selected for the Presidential Award in Mathematics and Science, received fellowships or other honors. Others have become superintendents, district leaders and administrators. 



Alternate Route to Teacher Certification

  • 9 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The ARC 2024-2025 hybrid program will be held from September 2024 through May 2025. The hybrid class schedule will be as follows:

  • Online classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • In-person classes will be held in Hartford on two Saturdays a month from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM

A full-time practicum is required to be completed during the program year. The practicum is for 40-consecutive school days and is scheduled to start in either late January or early March dependent on practicum type.

A note about deadlines: 

  • May 1, 2024 is the application deadline.
  • June 1, 2024 is the final materials deadline for the receipt of transcripts, references and test scores. 
  • September 15, 2024 is the program start date.

Upcoming Deadlines

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    Program Start

  • May 01, 2025


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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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  • $7,000

    In State Tuition

  • $125

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Connecticut Office of Higher Education Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Connecticut Office of Higher Education Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) to see if you can, too!



Tuition Discount

Military connected students receive $3,500 credit toward the $7,000 tuition. For more information see our Financial Resources and Scholarship Opportunities



Biology, Grades 7-12
Business, Grades 7-12
Chemistry, Grades 7-12
Earth Science, Grades 7-12
English, Grades 7-12
French, Grades K-12
General Science, Grades 7-12
German, Grades K-12
Home Economics/Family & Consumer Science, Grades Pre-K-12
Italian, Grades K-12
Mathematics, Grades 7-12
Music, Grades Pre-K-12
Other World Languages, Grades K-12
Physics, Grades 7-12
Portuguese, Grades K-12
Russian, Grades 7-12
Spanish, Grades K-12
Technology Education, Grades Pre-K-12
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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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