Arkansas - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Preparation Authority

Educator Preparation Authority
Policy Type: 

A.A.C. R7-2-604.01. Professional Preparation Programs--The Office of Educator Licensure at the Arkansas Department of Education is responsible for approving programs of study that lead to licensure for pre-school through grade 12 teachers, administrators and other school personnel.


The Arkansas Department of Education mandates that all teachers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for initial licensure. Any educator preparation programs must reside in professional education units accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and comply with state standards. All programs of higher education are subject to the standards and approval by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Adopting Authority: 
State Department of Education
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