The ARC Program consists of three components: Large-group instruction on general topics (Special Education, Classroom Management, etc.) Small-group instruction in content area and an eight-week student practicum assignment in a public school.
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.
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.
- 9 monthsProgram Duration
- In-personProgram Format
- Jun. 15, 2020Application Deadline
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Connecticut Office of Higher Education Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) offers educator preparation in the following certification endorsement areas:
- Biology, 7-12
- Earth Science, 7-12
- English/Language Arts, 7-12
- Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics, PreK-12
- Foreign Language, K-12
- Math, 7-12
- Physics, 7-12
- Science, 7-12
- Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts, PreK-12
Military connected students receive $2,750 credit toward the $5,500 tuition.
Business, Grades 7-12
Chemistry, Grades 7-12
Earth Science, Grades 7-12
English, Grades 7-12
French, Grades 7-12
General Science, Grades 7-12
German, Grades 7-12
Italian, Grades 7-12
Latin & Classical Humanities
Mandarin Chinese, Grades 7-12
Mathematics, Grades 7-12
Other World Languages, Grades 7-12
Other World Languages, Grades K-12
Physics, Grades 7-12
Portuguese, Grades 7-12
Russian, Grades 7-12
Spanish, Grades 7-12
Technology Education, Grades Pre-K-12
Program Semesters/Steps Overview
- Hands-On Experience
ARC students are required to observe other teachers in their content area at both the high school and middle/elementary school level during the first month of the program. While in the program, students will complete 40 consecutive days of student teaching (practicum) in a public school in their content area. Students are evaluated by TEAM trained cooperating teachers and ARC evaluators.
- Preparation for Diverse Populations
ARC believes all teachers must value and respect the diverse learning needs and cultural backgrounds of students and their families to create a positive learning environment. Teachers must understand the differing needs of their students, and care about, motivate and actively engage students in learning. ARC students are required to attend large-group sessions that cover Culturally Responsive Teaching, English Language Learners and Special Education to support continuous learning on complex issues in education. All students must complete the CT English Language Proficiency (CELP) and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) assignments as a part of ARC's program requirements.
- Mentoring & Coaching
ARC provides graduates with voluntary instructional coaching to assist with their transition to teaching. The coach provides non-evaluative support and mentoring.
- Program Commitment to Improvement & Excellence
ARC strives to continuously improve the program by using information gathered in student/faculty surveys. Faculty are required to provide the ARC Administration with their plans for improvement based on student feedback.
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Two or more races