The Arkansas Department of Education reported 479,258 students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. This total includes students in grades kindergarten through twelfth in public schools, open enrollment charter schools, and education service cooperatives. By renewing their certifications, teachers in Arkansas can continue providing these students with quality education.
Arkansas Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Arkansas (2016)*|| $46,950 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education);
$48,580 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education);
$49,780 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis CASE: Reading (5712), Writing (5722), and Mathematics (5732) and the appropriate Praxis examinations for their grade level|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Initial Teaching Credentials
The Arkansas Department of Education handles the teacher licensing process. Teachers earn an initial teaching license that lasts for three years, which is followed by the provisional professional teaching license. This license is also valid for three years and requires 24 hours of training during the first year of licensure. Teachers will then obtain a standard, five-year educator license.
Requirements for Renewing Arkansas Teaching Credentials
Teachers will need to start the renewal process for their standard license during the last year of the license. They will need to complete the Arkansas Educator Licensure Application and pay the application fee, which may be completed online via the Arkansas Department of Education's website.
As part of the renewal process, all teachers, regardless of grade or subject level, will need to apply for new background checks from the following agencies:
- Criminal background check from the state of Arkansas
- Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal background check
All teachers will also need to earn a minimum of 36 hours of professional development training for each school year. Arkansas allows two time periods for teachers to complete this requirement: June 1 to May 31 or July 1 to June 30.
Teachers within the Arkansas public school system, charter schools, and education cooperatives will receive assistance in obtaining their training hours from their employer. Schools must maintain written verification of all training by completing the Documentation of Professional Development For Renewal of a Standard Teaching License. They will need to furnish all training records to the Arkansas Department of Education each year.
It should be noted that if a teacher's license has been expired for more than a year they will need to complete 60 hours of professional development training. This requirement must be completed within a year after requesting a license renewal. These teachers will need to complete a Verification for Individual Professional Development Training Form to document their training.
Certification Resources for Arkansas Teachers
Arkansas teachers may find the below course helpful when obtaining their teaching license.