Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) Program
ARC was created in 1986 by the Education Enhancement ACT to encourage talented mid-career adults who possess strong subject area content knowledge to teach in CT. schools. Administered by the Office of Higher Education, ARC has prepared more than 4,765 teachers since the first graduating class in 1988 to help meet critical teacher shortage areas identified by the CT. State Department of Education.
There are two ARC sessions each year. Both ARC I, an intensive 10 week summer program (June-early August) and ARC II, a weekend program from September-May ( Friday night and all day Saturday three times a month) generally offer training in Secondary Grades 7-12:
- Sciences ( Biology, chemistry, Earth Science, General Science and Physics)
- K-12 World Languages ( Spanish, French, Chinese, Latin, Arabic)
- ARC II also offers training in Family and Consumer Sciences, Technology Education and Music
As I discussed, a key objective this year is to increase awareness of our ARC teacher preparation program since many school districts are struggling to find qualified teachers in these critical shortage areas. As such, I am requesting that your organization assist us with disseminating basic information to your members about our ARC program , since I’m sure not many parents or community members are aware of this cost effective, time condensed path to teaching.
I would be most willing to meet with you and or other members of your Board to discuss this request if needed. If approved, I would develop a short description of our program to include in your newsletters and for distribution to your local associations. In addition, I would be pleased to attend any state wide meetings/conferences to explain our program to your members.
Your assistance with “getting the word” out about our program would greatly assist the children in Connecticut to ensure they have highly qualified teachers in their classrooms.
I have attached a Document, “ARC at a Glance” for your review. In addition, feel free to pursue our website at http://www.ctohe.org/ARC/ and also view, “Becoming a Teacher with the ARC Program, a WFSB –TV Featured Story on the site for more detailed information.