Teach For America – Connecticut became, and continues to be, an accredited Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) program because the State of Connecticut mandates that our corps members meet all State certification requirements by the end of their first year in the classroom. An Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) program is a non-traditional teacher preparation program designed to certify people who have not completed a formal teacher preparation program at a college or university, but who wish to become a classroom teacher. Teach For America is approved by the State of Connecticut to certify its own teachers provided we continue to show evidence that all of our teacher candidates meet the requirements the state lays out for certification. If you are not already certified to teach in Connecticut, you must apply to Johns Hopkins University (JHU). JHU certification coursework is an Alternate Route to Certification requirement.
When should I take my Praxis exam(s)?
After you have been accepted into Teach For America – Connecticut, the onboarding process will begin to ensure you are prepared to meet the requirements for the ARC program and be ready for the classroom. Onboarding involves a lot of pre-work, including passing tests that are required for certification. All ARC corps members must pass their tests by June 1, 2017, or else you risk getting emergency released from the corps. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you take the test(s) as soon as possible and be prepared to have to take them more than once, and so you can focus on other important work to get you ready from the get-go to work in CT! You can find a full list of Praxis Testing window dates on the ETS website.
I already took a bunch of teacher certification exams in my home state that assess the same content as the Praxis/ACTFL/FOR exams. Can I apply for an equivalency so I don’t have to take tests all over again?
All teachers who are seeking certification through a teacher preparation program are required to take certain exams in order to be eligible to become full time teachers of record in a Connecticut public school. So yes, you have to take these tests. The only exception is if you took the Pearson Foundations of Reading exam in North Carolina, Mississippi, Wisconsin or New Hampshire.
If I don’t meet the minimum score on an exam, how long do I have before I can retake it?
For the ETS Praxis II exams, you have 21 days between tests. For the Pearson Foundations of Reading exam, you have 45 days between tests. For the ACTFL exam, you have 90 days between tests after your second test.
If you are not already certified to teach in Connecticut, you must apply to Johns Hopkins University. JHU certification coursework is an Alternate Route to Certification requirement. If you are already certified to teach in Connecticut, applying for the Johns Hopkins Master’s program is optional.
If I already have a valid certification in Connecticut, do I need to enroll in JHU?
If you are already certified to teach in Connecticut, applying to the Johns Hopkins Master’s program is optional.
I’ve already completed a teacher preparation program – do I participate in the ARC?
No. If you have already completed a teacher preparation program, you do not need to enroll in the Teach For America - Connecticut ARC; but you do need to make sure that you hold a valid Connecticut teaching certificate before the first day of school and to pass all of the required certification tests accordingly.
How much will JHU certification coursework cost?
The certification-only program requires completion of 8 credits during year 1. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the cost per credit is $760, for a total of $6,080 for this program. Tuition costs are subject to change. Historically, our corps members have been eligible to receive AmeriCorps Awards (approximately $5,730 for each year in the corps) and many have applied their year 1 award towards their certification coursework tuition. Although we anticipate that our corps members will be eligible for AmeriCorps Awards, these awards are not guaranteed for the 2017-2018 school year, as Teach For America applies for these grants on a yearly basis.
Yes, we have a partnership with Johns Hopkins University.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, the total cost per credit is $760. Some credit costs are waived because some coursework is completed through summer institute. The approximate total cost of this program is $22,800 (39 credits – 9 waived credits| 30 x $760/credit). Tuition costs are subject to change. Historically, our corps members have been eligible to receive AmeriCorps Awards (approximately $11,460 over two years) and many have applied these awards towards their tuition. Although we anticipate that our corps members will be eligible for AmeriCorps Awards, these awards are not guaranteed for the 2016-2017 school year, as Teach For America applies for these grants on a yearly basis.
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