Hartford, Conn. - The Connecticut Office of Higher Education has announced that it has extended its application deadline for Military Connected individuals, including spouses, who are looking to earn their Teaching Certificate through its Alternative Route to Certification program (ARC).

The ARC program, incorporated under Section 10a-168a of the Connecticut General Statutes, is a condensed training program created to prepare candidates for the classroom over the course of nine months. Enrolled students complete a rigorous, intensive series of classes that include Core sessions and Methods classes. Two types of classes provide both general and specific learning opportunities that are vital to become an educator - with the general classes taught in a large group Core presentations and content specific principles covered in smaller Methods classes. Students must also complete an 8-week (40 day) practicum in a Connecticut Public School as part of the program.

All ARC classes will take place at AI Technical High School in Hartford on most Saturdays from Sept. through May from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There may be an occasional Friday evening class from 6 to 9 p.m.

Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a major in or closely related to the intended teaching field, or a satisfactory score on the Praxis II subject area assessment test. A score of excellence on the ACTFL OPI & WPT tests will be accepted in lieu of credits for World Language candidates.

Applicants must also have had an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or have successfully completed 24 semester hours or more of graduate study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. GPA waiver requests can be submitted for consideration. Testing requirements include official scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills Test or evidence of obtaining minimum scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, or PAA.

Program offerings and Admission Requirements include:

• Grade 7-12 – Business Education, English, Math, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science and Physics)

• Grade K-12 – World Languages

• PreK-12 – Family Consumer Science, Music and Technology Education

Veterans who are accepted into the ARC program should contact ARC staff to certify their enrollment with the VA. For more information go to www.gibill.va.gov

Active duty and retired military should contact Troops to Teachers upon receipt of acceptance by phone at (888) 463-6488. For more information, go to www.ProudToServeAgain.com

The application fee is $125 and the significantly-reduced military tuition rate is $2,750 – a cost savings of 50 percent. The ARC catalog and online application is found at: www.ctohe.org/arc.

Connecticut Media Group