Arkansas - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Educator Licensure Policy
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In order to become a certified teacher in Arkansas, an applicant must earn a bachelor's degree, complete an accredited teacher preparation program, pass State Board approved assessments, and complete online professional development.


The Office of Educator Licensure shall issue a Standard License upon receipt of the following from an applicant who does not hold a current, valid educator license from Arkansas or another state or country:
-A completed application for licensure, with payment of any applicable fees as established by the State Board.
-Documentation that the applicant has successfully completed all background checks required by the Department’s Rules Governing
Background Checks and License Revocation.
-An official score report reflecting passing scores, as approved by the State Board, on the appropriate basic-skills, pedagogical, and content-area assessments as mandated by the State Board;
-An official transcript from an accredited college or university documenting an awarded bachelor’s degree or higher;
-Documentation of successful completion of an accredited teacher preparation program;
-For an applicant seeking licensure in Early Childhood (P-4), Elementary Education (K-6), Middle School (4-8), or Secondary Social Studies (7-12), documentation of the successful completion of three (3) college credit hours in Arkansas History at an accredited college or university;
-Documentation of the completion of the following professional development, which may be obtained through the Arkansas IDEAS Portal, the applicant’s teacher education program, or other method of delivery approved by the Department under the Rules Governing Professional Development: Two (2) hours of parental involvement; Two (2) hours of child maltreatment training; and Two (2) hours of teen suicide awareness and prevention.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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