State law recommends newly hired staff who teach PE be certified, licensed, or endorsed by the state in PE.
Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.01.008 Nutrition and Physical Activity Standard
7.10 Physical Education Instruction in Grades Kindergarten Through Six (K-6): For grades K-6, physical education classes will have a maximum student to adult ratio of thirty to one (30:1).
7.10.1 At least one of the adults directly supervising the physical education classes must be a licensed physical education teacher or, alternatively, a licensed elementary teacher. The licensed physical education teacher or licensed elementary teacher will be responsible for the delivery of physical education instruction. A licensed physical education teacher will be responsible for development of the physical education curriculum.
7.10.2 Non-licensed personnel may assist in filling the thirty to one (30:1) student to adult ratio requirement if they are trained and assigned to assist licensed personnel in supervising physical education classes.
7.11 Physical Education Instruction in Grades Seven Through Twelve (7-12): For grades 7-12, physical education instruction must be provided by a licensed physical education teacher with a license that corresponds to the grade levels being taught.