“The AARC program has positively enhanced my career as a teacher in countless ways. The program's instructional and clinical design enables educators, who wish to expand their teaching credentials, to gain knowledge and direct experience working with students in various classroom settings.”
- Christina Smith
AARC Grad, 2011
Special Education Services
Assistive Technology (AT) Services
Developing and Implementing Secondary Transition Planning
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.