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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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
Feb. 15, 2024Summer
Jun. 29, 2024Summer
Jul. 15, 2024Fall
Application Fee & Annual Tuition
In State Tuition
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!
Military connected students receive $3,500 credit toward the $7,000 tuition. For more information see our Financial Resources and Scholarship Opportunities.
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
Program Semesters/Steps Overview
American Indian or Alaskan Native
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races
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