ARCTEL is guided by the CT English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards, which emphasize the language skills necessary for student success in grade level content areas, and college and career readiness. Instruction and assignments are aligned to the TESOL/CAEP Standards for the Recognition of Initial TESOL Programs in P-12 ESL Teacher Education, with three program phases organized around the five domains of:

  1. Language (Phase 1)
  2. Culture (Phase 1)
  3. Planning, Implementing and Managing Instruction (Phase 2)
  4. Assessment (Phase 2)
  5. Professionalism (Phase 3)

The three program phases follow a natural progression that leads participants from theory to application and then to demonstration of learning.

Program Structure

In order to provide a high quality and accessible instructional experience for all learners, ARCTEL is offered as a blended learning program. It is ideal for teachers who:

  • Want a learning experience that emphasizes independent, online learning
  • Learn better in a flexible, virtual environment requiring strong organizational skills
  • Prefer leveraging online tools to engage in a feedback cycle with the instructor and discourse with colleagues
  • Have a high level of skill/comfort with technology tools and web-based applications

This program is non-credit-bearing.



Weekly online and collaborative face-to-face sessions. 



Application of learning to direct instruction of ELs.



Independent professional learning in an area related to ELs.



These tasks include reading and research in preparation for class work, written reflections and major assignments as well as collaborative group work and the design and delivery of a model lesson with ELs. 



Participants should anticipate spending approximately 4-6 hours per week on program-related work in addition to participating in instructional sessions, and completing practicum and professional learning requirements. Time spent may vary for each learner.

4-6 per week


In order to engage fully as a learner in the ARCTEL program, participants will take part in in-class and online discussions, complete homework assignments, and read assigned texts.  Regular attendance in class, as well as full engagement on the online platform, will provide opportunities to go deeper into research and theories, share strategies and discuss essential issues and challenges facing bilingual and TESOL teachers. These experiences are meant to build a professional network and support system of colleagues in the field.


Practicum experiences build on best practices in the professional literature and research. Participants will apply newly learned strategies to direct instruction of ELs and reflect on their experiences. This requirement includes identification of an EL for a case study and may also include co-planning with school ESL staff.

Professional Learning

Participants will engage in independent professional learning experiences directly related to ELs. Participants will reflect on these experiences, synthesizing the new learning with the knowledge they gain from program instruction.

Standardized Testing Requirements

A minimum score of 155 on the Praxis II, English to Speakers of Other Languages (#5362) is required for TESOL certification in CT. For more information on CT State Department of Education assessment guidelines, click here

Bilingual Education Cross-Endorsement

Eligible teachers may also pursue a bilingual cross-endorsement. The program of study is identical. An individualized independent study plan will be developed to support preparation for the proficiency assessments.

Teachers pursuing a bilingual cross-endorsement must:

  • Be certified in elementary education or in a secondary subject area
  • By the end of the program, demonstrate proficiency in the world language of instruction through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT).

For more information on ACTFL language proficiency requirements, click here.
For more information on CT teaching certification, click here.