Becoming a teacher often requires years of coursework, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Not all individuals who wish to be teachers initially pursue this degree, though. Instead, they use the bachelor’s degree they have already earned, in combination with an alternative certification program, to obtain teaching certification. Qualified teachers are needed to fill the current gaps in the Connecticut education system.
Program Mission and Overview: This program was designed to encourage mid-career individuals to use their current degrees to become certified teachers. Candidates can choose between a nine-week course during the summer and a weekend course that starts in the fall and ends in the spring. The ARC focuses on filling areas where there are teacher shortages.
Eligibility and How to Apply: Candidates must:
Have a bachelor’s degree in the same or a related area in which they are seeking certification.
Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate or graduate coursework.
Pass the PRAXIS I test in writing, reading and math.
Pass the PRAXIS II test in the chosen subject area.
Pass the ACTFL exams for those seeking certification in K-12 World Language.