Alternate Route to Certification for Teachers of English Learners

Earn a Bilingual and/or TESOL Cross-Endorsement While You Continue to Teach!

Now accepting applications for the 2020-21 program year. Two cohort options: Mon or Wed evenings

Due to COVID-19, the ARCTEL program will be fully online for the 2020-21 program year.

Application deadline is extended to August 31, 2020. Cohorts are open until filled, so don't wait to apply!

Tuition cost for 2020-21 = $5,000.00.

Districts interested in sending multiple teachers or hosting their own cohort should contact John Gustafson for details and pricing.

ARCTEL is an advanced educator preparation program approved by the CT State Board of Education. It was developed by ACES in response to the statewide shortage of qualified, certified PreK-12 teachers in the areas of Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in CT. 

Teachers who complete the program of study, as well as CT standardized testing requirements, will earn cross-endorsement #111, TESOL PreK-12 and/or may be eligible to earn a bilingual cross-endorsement in their content area. In addition, all certified teachers who earn cross-endorsement #111 through the ARCTEL program are eligible for CT adult education endorsement #088, English to Non-English Speaking Adults.

In order to provide a high quality and accessible instructional experience for all learners, ARCTEL is offered as a blended learning program (face-to-face and online sessions). Participants must attend all face-to-face sessions and engage fully as professionals in online session content.


To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid CT teaching certificate
  • Be employed by a CT PreK-12 school or school district during the program of study