Alternate Route to Certification in Early Childhood Education
Charter Oak State College, in cooperation with Eastern Connecticut State University,
Mitchell College, Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, St.
Joseph College, University of Connecticut, and University of Hartford, will be offering
an alternate route to the Connecticut Birth through Five teaching certificate (112
endorsement). This teaching certificate qualifies professionals to work in a variety
of settings such as public preschools, Birth to Three Early Intervention services,
and public kindergartens.
The next cohort of the ECE ARC program will begin in September 2013.
Download the ECE ARC Application (PDF)
Applications will be due June 15th, 2013
To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Have completed a bachelor's degree with 15 credits in the areas of typical and atypical
development, psychology of learning and family studies. Candidates who completed a
bachelor's degree without a declared major must have completed 18 hours of related
- Have passed the Praxis I or have SAT scores of at least 1100 and received a waiver
from the State Department of Education.
- Have attained a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students with GPAs between 2.7 and 3.0 may petition
in writing for consideration of a waiver based on a history of exceptional professional
- Have at least three years of verified full-time experience as an early childhood educator
(with children ages birth through five) or as a home visitor providing educational
services to families with children between the ages of birth to five.
- Two professional references.
All qualified students will be interviewed for the program. Acceptance decisions will
take into consideration candidates' knowledge base in early childhood, strength of
references, depth and breadth of work experiences, and capacity for academic inquiry
as indicated by academic history and written and oral expression skills.
This program will consist of intensive and accelerated instruction by expert faculty.
Accepted students must complete a self-study assessment prior to the beginning of
program instruction and meet with the ECE ARC coordinator to discuss individual learning
goals and needs. All students will receive orientation in the use of on-line learning
technology and Charter Oak State College resources. Students will complete on-line
coursework as well as meet for weekend classes on Friday nights and all day Saturdays
twice a month (location to be determined). Additionally, students must be able to
complete multiple field based projects throughout the duration of the program as well
as complete a four week unpaid full-time internship in May or June. Field sites for
the internship will be selected for the students by the ECE ARC coordinator. Students
must successfully complete all portions of the program as well as a final portfolio
assessment in order to be recommended for teacher certification. Students who complete
the ECE ARC program must obtain employment for 90 days with a temporary teaching certificate
prior to receiving their initial teaching certification from the State Department
Tuition for the next cohort of the program is to be determined.
Payment plans are available.
For More Information
Contact: Jo-Ann Stabler, ECE ARC Coordinator, Charter Oak State College, (860) 515-3878,