How to Become a History Teacher in Arkansas

History teachers provide students with a look into the past while preparing them for the future. In Arkansas, history teachers will need to complete a bachelor's degree and an approved training program, as well as state certification examinations.

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Those interested in becoming history teachers in Arkansas must meet several requirements before attaining their license, but once they do so, they can help students gain a better understanding of the world and people around them. History teachers can play a vital role in helping students improve their overall educational experience. Read on to learn more about how aspiring history teachers in Arkansas can enter the field.

Average Salary for Teachers in Arkansas (2016)* $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
Degree Field History (for the non-traditional route), education (for the traditional route)
Testing Requirements PRAXIS Core Academic Skills For Educators (CASE): Reading (5712), Writing (5722), and Mathematics (5732), and Praxis Social Studies (5089, 5623, 5086, and 5624)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements

History teaching candidates will need to earn a bachelor's degree in history and complete an approved teacher training program. Coursework for this degree can include the institutions and ideas of world civilization, the United States history of popular culture, and Arkansas and the Southwest.

Step 2: Pass Certification Examinations

Once candidates obtain their bachelor's degree, the next step is to pass their state certification examinations. All teaching candidates in Arkansas will need to illustrate their proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics via the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE). Candidates can take the test one section at a time or all together with the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751). Candidates must earn the following scores to pass: 156 in reading, 162 in writing, and 150 in mathematics.

History teaching candidates will then need to take Praxis subject-specific examinations for social studies:

  • Middle School Social Studies (Grades 4-8): Passing score is 149
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (Grades 5-9): Passing score is 160
  • Social Studies: Content and Interpretation: Passing score is 153
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching: Passing score is 157

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Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials

There are two paths teachers can take to obtain a license: traditional and non-traditional. Once candidates meet the traditional educational and certification requirements, they will qualify for an initial teaching license, which is good for three years. For the non-traditional route, teachers can complete the two-year Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure program. In this program, teachers will attend Saturday and online classes while holding a provisional license. Candidates who have worked for three years in their field can also apply for a Provisional Professional Teaching License, which is valid for three years. Another option is for candidates to complete the MAT MED MTLL program, during which candidates will be employed as teachers while working toward their master's degree and full licensure.

Teaching candidates will need to pass background checks with the state of Arkansas, the Child Maltreatment Central registry, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). All candidates will need to fulfill a requirement of twenty-four hours of training that deal with the theory and practice of teaching, known as pedagogy, during the first year of licensure. They will also have an evaluation for each year of licensure. After candidates complete their provisional license requirements, they will qualify for their standard, five-year educator license.

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