The School of Education at Seattle Pacific University has been offering an alternative route to teacher certification (ARC) program since 2002. Over the last 14 years, more than 600 teachers have been prepared for work in classrooms across Washington through the ARC program. ARC graduates are developed through a combination of student teaching experience and coursework. However, the defining characteristic of SPU’s ARC teacher preparation model is 180 days of student teaching. The Alternative Route to Teacher Certification for School Employees (ARCSE) program builds on comprehensive school-based experience and coursework, with special emphasis on recruiting current public school employees from partner districts. ARCSE partners include Tacoma Public Schools, Educational Service District 113, and Puget Sound Educational Service District. Candidates eligible to apply to the ARCSE program will be employed within partner districts as paraeducators, spuarcinstructional assistants, or current teachers employed through limited certification (Conditional Teacher, Emergency Teacher, Emergency Substitute Teacher). The goal of the ARCSE program is to prepare effective teachers for life-long careers as educators in their local schools.