Arkansas - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Teacher Licensure Renewal

Area: 
Teacher Licensure Renewal
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

The State Board will not renew teacher licenses without completion of professional development hours.

Body: 

7.01 Except as specifically provided herein, no license issued by the State Board may be renewed unless the following requirements of this Section 7.01 are met.
7.01.1 Every individual holding a license issued by the State Board shall document completion of sixty (60) or more hours of approved professional development each year, as required by the Department’s Rules Governing Professional Development.
7.01.2 Professional development completion may be documented by:
7.01.2.1 Submitting verification, by an authorized representative of the school, district, or organization employing the licensee, that the licensee has completed all professional development required during the term of the license; or
7.01.2.2 Submitting proof of completion of professional development hours attended.
7.01.3 Professional development completion shall be waived for a teacher who is retired, as verified by the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (ATRS).
7.01.4 A retired teacher who returns to licensed employment shall complete the professional development required for the year in which the person applies for license renewal and in each year thereafter while employed in a licensed position.

Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
03/16/2016