<<I got into the alternate certification program in my state. I
found it interesting in a theoretical sense. But now being on my second
year...I found both programs completely inadequate!!!>>
It's important to know which state you are from - many states have Alternate
Route to Certification programs, and I'm sure they all differ in quality.
I'll speak from experience about Connecticut - I found it rigorous,
challenging, difficult, and excellent. I have a BFA from Tyler School of
Art, and I was a working, self-employed artist for ten years before I did
ARC. I found myself very well-prepared for the classroom due to ARC. I also
found it a very selective program - they rejected six applicants with phD's
the year I was in it. In Connecticut, the ARC program realizes that it is
under scrutinization from unions and schools, therefore it makes sure the
graduates are truly prepared to operate in the classroom. We also have
mentors, and continue in something called the BEST program, for two years
following our graduation.
At least in CT, I have a lot of respect for the ARC program. It has turned
out a lot of excellent teachers.