Arkansas requires teachers in all corners of the state, and all potential teachers can find job postings on the Department of Education's website. Any secondary teacher with a license can begin the application process and find a job in the state.
Arkansas Salary Information and Requirements
|Average Salary for Secondary Teachers in Arkansas (2017)*||$50,990|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Education, content area|
|Testing Requirements||edTPA, Praxis Core, Principles of Learning and Teaching|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree from a School in Arkansas
Students who want to teach secondary school in Arkansas will need to pursue a bachelor's degree in the area in which they hope to teach. For instance, a future biology teacher will pursue a degree in biology while a future English teacher might choose to earn a literature degree. No matter the major, students will also be expected to complete an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. These programs can be completed at the college or university a student chooses to attend, and they will prepare students for the specific educational and pedagogical challenges they'll encounter as teachers. Every program will offer different courses, but most will include some of the same staples like:
- Technology for Teaching and Learning
- Classroom Management
- Child and Adolescent Development
- Classroom Assessment
An important part of the degree program will be student teaching. These experiences usually happen in the last year of the program, and they prepare students to take on their own classrooms full of students.
Step 2: Take All Required Tests
Teachers in Arkansas need to take several exams in order to qualify for their license. First, teachers need to take the edTPA. This test helps to gauge a teacher's understanding and implementation of planning, instruction, and assessment in the classroom. This test will require teachers to submit a portfolio of information from their student-teaching position. The edTPA costs $300.
Next, teachers need to complete the Praxis Core exams. There are three exams: reading, writing, and mathematics. Then, teachers need to take the appropriate secondary education subtests. If an aspiring educator aims to teach chemistry, they will need to take Chemistry: Content Knowledge. A future English teacher needs to take the English Language Arts exam. Depending on the content area endorsement a teacher wants, they may also have to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam. This is a 2-hour test made up of 70 multiple-choice questions and 4 written-response questions. Topics range from professional development to the analyses of instructional scenarios.
Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application
The final step toward certification is completing the application process. Teachers will include all transcripts and complete an Application for Educator's License which can be found on Arkansas' Department of Education website. This form will require basic personal information, a $75 fee, verification of the degree, and verification of a background check. The background check costs $37. Once a teacher has completed this process, they will earn their license.
Study Resources for Future Arkansas Teachers
It's important to start studying early for Praxis exams. There are plenty of online resources, including the Core and PLT study guides below.