ALTERNATE ROUTE TO CERTIFICATION FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

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APPLY BY JUNE 1, 2015.

2015-2016 SCHEDULE

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WHAT IS ARCTELL?

ARCTELL is an advanced program developed for the Connecticut State Department of Education, approved by the Department of Higher Education, and administered by ACES as a response to the severe shortage of qualified, certified P-12 teachers in the areas of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Bilingual Education in CT. The program is rooted in a commitment to teaching, research, and intellectual exploration to provide high quality educational services to CT school districts through shared and reflective leadership, collaboration, and accountability.
 

ARCTELL provides an opportunity for selected participants to take advantage of an accelerated, meaningful, relevant and hands-on learning experience designed to help them meet state and national competencies as well as state requirements to add TESOL and Bilingual Education endorsements to their current CT teaching certification.  These professionals will help to fill vacancies in CT school districts and act as advocates for English Language Learners throughout the state.

Teachers who successfully complete the program of instruction, as well as additional CT State Department of Education requirements, will receive a cross-endorsement in certification area #111, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages PK-12, and/or may be eligible to pursue a Bilingual Education cross-endorsement in their certification area.

Instruction is aligned to the TESOL/NCATE Standards for the Recognition of Initial TESOL Programs in P–12 ESL Teacher Education, organized around the five domains of language, culture, planning/implementing/managing instruction, assessment and professionalism.

In all phases of the ARCTELL course, participants learn the theories that strengthen second language acquisition, the impact of culture in language development, researched based instructional strategies, effective lesson design, appropriate assessment to guide instruction for ELLs, and much more. Participants attend face-to-face classes, attend professional development opportunities and engage in field work experiences designed to reinforce and synthesize their new learning. They also apply this knowledge through job-embedded assignments that emphasize reflection and changes to their teaching practices to support English Language Learners.