Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification Program

The Relay Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) Program is an innovative program designed to prepare you for a career in teaching through hands-on experiences in the classroom. It is an unforgettable cohort experience with colleagues serving in public schools across the State.

The Relay Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification program is a part-time, non-credit bearing residency program designed for non-certified staff members employed within partner schools across the state of Connecticut. During the first year of the program, candidates complete Relay coursework and are eligible for Connecticut State teaching licensure. After successfully completing coursework requirements and passing certification exams, candidates receive additional instructional coaching and receive support with the edTPA, a robust portfolio assessment required by the State of Connecticut. Candidates are considered program completers once they have successfully earned their Connecticut Initial Educators Certificate.


The cost of the one year Alternate Route to Certification program is $17,500. Relay is committed to ensuring that our programs are affordable for teachers, especially those teaching in high-needs public schools. Out of pocket tuition costs for the Connecticut Alternate Route Certification program for the class entering summer 2019 will not exceed $6,000.

Tuition Includes:  

  • Relay coursework
  • Course Materials
  • Classroom coaching
  • Certification Support
  • edTPA support


Designed for Busy Teachers

The Relay Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification Program is designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of full-time non-certified staff members. In total, 40% of the coursework can be completed online at your own convenience and skill level. In person class days (2-4) per month focus on deepening your understanding through deliberate practice with a group of passionate, dedicated peers.

In addition to online coursework, teachers will attend regular in-person sessions, including:

  • September – June (Year 1) 3 hour weekly deliberate practice classes at Relay during school hours
  • September – June (Year 1) 2-3 Tuesday evening core pedagogy classes from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • September – June (Year 1) 1-2 Saturdays or weekly online content pedagogy classes per month

School Partners for 2019-20 academic school year

Relay Connecticut is amongst so many organizations and school communities here in CT that are looking to grow and develop current and future educators from within, as well as provide a welcoming pathway to those who move to our state from afar.

We currently are only able to accept applicants who hold a position in our partner schools/Districts. Work in a school and or District that is not a current partner? Please reach out to our Connecticut team at

  • Achievement First Charter School
  • Bloomfield
  • Bristol Public Schools
  • Capital Prep Harbor
  • Common Ground High School
  • East Hartford Public Schools
  • East Haven Public Schools
  • Great Oaks Charter Schools
  • Greenwich
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • Middletown Public Schools
  • New Britain Public Schools
  • New Haven Public Schools
  • New London
  • Norwalk Public Schools
  • Regional School District 12
  • Windham Public Schools
  • Windsor Public Schools

Available Certification Areas

Secondary English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)
Secondary Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
Secondary Biology (Grades 7-12)
Secondary Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
Secondary General Science (Grades 7-12)
Secondary Physics (Grades 7-12)
Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)


The Relay Connecticut Alternate Route Certification program provides a pathway for alternate route licensure. To be eligible to apply to the program, candidates must be employed in a partner school or district. Eligible applicants who are not licensed as teachers in Connecticut may receive a Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate by completing this program and satisfying additional certification requirements.

In order to seek certification at Relay Connecticut, the state of Connecticut requires that you hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Search your undergraduate institution in the College Source Online database to determine if it is regionally accredited. If it is not, contact for guidance.

Please note that certification steps occur prior to admission, during the program, and upon completion of the program. This information is important! Failure to pass licensure exams and meet other certification criteria may result in loss of your teaching position and/or removal from the Connecticut Alternate Route Certification program.

Contact Information


Relay Connecticut
370 James St., 2nd floor
New Haven, CT 06513

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