“The asset of hiring a dually certified teacher is first and foremost, a "Mind Set", that every student is their responsibility and that all students can learn in their classroom. AARC graduates also have a positive attitude towards teaching and learning and are highly motivated as teachers.”
- Carole Alvaro,
Retired Director of Pupil Services
Old Saybrook Public Schools
Special Education Services
Assistive Technology (AT) Services
Advanced Alternate Route Program for Special Education (AARC) is a program for certified teachers to earn a cross-endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education.
The AARC is an exciting and innovative 14 month competency-based course of study approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education that provides training and practical experience based on national special education teacher standards.
- Affordable tuition.
- Small cohorts and mentor support from current practitioners.
- Summer sessions, online learning, and Saturday classes allow candidates to complete the program and gain new skills while remaining employed.
- Job-embedded portfolio assignments.
- Opportunities to practice and apply competencies in educational settings.
- Builds the skills to positively affect the lives of students with disabilities.
Qualifications for Admission
- Valid teaching certificate.
- Master's degree encouraged, but not required.
- Three years successful teaching experience in the past eight years (substitute teaching considered).
- Desire to teach students with disabilities as a special educator.
- Access to a computer and an e-mail address.