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To become a certified teacher in Arkansas, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit an Arkansas teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Arkansas Prerequisite Coursework
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Arkansas, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers specific to the State of Arkansas visit our Arkansas Teacher Scholarships page.
Traditional Educator Preparation Program
The Arkansas Department of Education recognizes 20 four-year colleges/universities that offer educator preparation programs, leading to licensure for preschool through 12th grade:
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose Bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements, such as:
Non-traditional MAT, MED and MTLL route to educator licensure
Teach for America
Provisional Professional Teaching Licensure
Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure
The Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL) is an alternative teacher licensure route available through the Arkansas Department of Education. To be employed as a classroom teacher, program enrollee’s must have a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) and complete the necessary requirements for an Arkansas teaching license. The APPEL is a two-year program track that includes assessments, classroom teaching, portfolio development and teacher preparation classes.
Measures basic skills in three categories: reading, writing and mathematics. These tests are used to qualify candidates for both teaching licensure and entrance into educator preparation programs.
Praxis II: Subject Assessments
Measures knowledge relating to general and specific subjects relating to K-12 educators’ teaching skills and classroom knowledge. Exams(s) cover 120 subjects. Test requirements depend on your certification requirements.
Arkansas Required Tests
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics
Acceptance into Teacher Prep Programs (Traditional and Nontraditional)
Principles of Learning & Teaching: Early Childhood Early Childhood: Content Knowledge Middle School: Multiple Subjects (*Required for 5-6 Extension)
In order to obtain an initial teaching license, the state of Arkansas requires background checks via the following agencies: Arkansas State Police, Child Maltreatment Central Registry and the FBI. These background checks are also mandatory for those who wish to change school districts.
Teachers-Teachers is an online database designed to allow certified teachers to search for job vacancies in desired school districts. Individuals are allowed to search for teaching opportunities, but must register with the website in order to gain full access to district information within the state of Arkansas.