Academic Catalog

ARC: Special Education + Secondary/ P-12 Certification

Program Description

School of Education Graduate Faculty

The Alternative Routes to Certification (ARC) is a one-year certification program designed specifically for candidates working in partner school districts (Routes 2 and 4) or who bring substantive background knowledge to teaching (Route 3). With employer support, classified staff such as para-educators or instructional assistants (Route 2), or teachers under limited certification (Route 4, conditional or emergency) may use their employment as part of their job-embedded internship if it overlaps with their teaching endorsement. The program begins in the summer and completes in the spring, comprising four quarters. Candidates complete coursework entirely online, though there are opportunities for on-campus participation in various events such as the annual job fair. The ARC program uses entirely online coursework, though it still requires some scheduled/synchronous online course participation. The courses are not self-paced but generally follow one learning topic/module per week to maximize cohort interaction.

Candidates in the ARC program become effective teachers by:

  • Demonstrating effective and equitable teaching practices.
  • Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement, including culturally responsive teaching practices.
  • Recognizing and responding to individual student learning needs.
  • Providing clear and intentional focus on subject matter content and curriculum.
  • Fostering and managing a safe, positive, and inclusive learning environment.
  • Using multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning.
  • Communicating and collaborating with parents and the school community.
  • Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instruction and learning.
  • Developing professional wellness habits in order to persist and thrive in the teaching profession.