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Advanced Alternate Route to Certification for Special Education (AARC)

About AARC

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.

ARC Benefits

  • 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.

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