Advanced Alternate Route to Certification for Special Education
Advanced Alternate Route Program for Special Education (AARC) is a program for certified teachers to earn a cross-endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education.
Yes. An advanced ARC is one in which the applicant holds a valid current teaching certificate for 3 years or more in the state of CT. An example would be elementary education certification, or certification in a content area. If you have questions regarding the qualification of your certification, please contact us.
Special education K-12 endorsement number 165. It will be added on to your current certificate as a cross endorsement.
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Your certification must be current and valid in the state of CT.
Unfortunately, the answer is no. What if I am certified K-8, but want to teach as a special education teacher at the high school level,
You will have to take and pass the Praxis II in special education (#5543) in order to apply for this cross endorsement. The Praxis II can be taken at any time while you are enrolled in the program.
Yes. You must take and pass the Foundations of Reading exam.
A Master’s degree is encouraged, but not required. You will also need at least 3 years professional teaching experience in the last 8 years.
Yes, we would consider applicants with substitute teaching and tutoring experience. Candidates accepted under alternate conditions are subject to additional requirements. Contact us for more information.
The program is held in three phases:
(During the winter school months start dates are subject to change depending on inclement weather conditions.)
Yes, you must complete some experiences at both the elementary and the secondary levels. Additionally, you must have opportunities to work in both inclusive and self-contained environments. Experiences must also include a total of 195 hours working with and exposure to students with a variety of disabilities.
Participants will complete a series of assignments that will be collected and organized as a portfolio. Each assignment is aligned with a CT and Council for Exceptional Children National competency for special education teachers. By the end of the coursework, participants will demonstrate competency in each standard through portfolio evaluation. Additionally, participants will be measured on their clinical and field work experiences as evaluated by their mentor. Other requirements include: participating in classes; completing assignments; passing Praxis II, the Foundations of Reading exam, passing four summative assessments and completing a portfolio defense.
All of the program instructors are current practitioners. Every participant is assigned to a cohort and a mentor. The mentor will meet with participants regularly during Phase II and the classroom portion of the program, as well as supervise field work and clinical placements. Additionally, the mentors will evaluate all portfolio submissions.
A cohort is a group of candidates assigned to work with a mentor in a 6:1 or smaller ratio. Outside of classroom time, candidates work with their mentors and cohort members to complete assignments. Groups may meet in person or virtually. Schoology© is also used as an on-line repository for classroom and cohort information exchange.
Classes are generally held in the Hartford area. Cohort meetings are held in locations arranged for by your cohort mentor and may be held anywhere in the state based on logistics and feasibility of meeting locations. Districts and specialized cohorts and classes may meet at various locations.
You can complete your practicum at any number of sites across the state, including the school in which you currently work or in your district. Arrangements will be made with the AARC program director and your mentor. CREC and the other Regional Education Service Centers have a number of sites available for you to complete your experiences. You will have experiences working with students at the elementary and secondary levels. You will also work with a variety of disabilities and a continuum of service options.
CREC does not award college credits or a degree for this program.
CREC has many venues to help you locate job opportunities. You can visit our employment opportunities at crec.org; or work with your mentor to locate local and state-wide openings.
Mary Jo Terranova
Director of AARC for Special Education
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