Arkansas schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of teaching fields, including elementary education, early childhood education, middle level education and secondary education. Programs in middle level or secondary education usually prepare graduates to teach a specific subject, such as math, English or social studies. Although many teaching programs are designed to prepare students for initial teacher licensure in Arkansas, others provide advanced studies or additional endorsements for previously licensed teachers. Teacher licensure programs typically include hands-on experience through student teaching.
University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas, which has its main campus in Fayetteville, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in education through its Department of Curriculum and Instruction. All of the programs prepare students for the PRAXIS teacher certification exam and enable them to earn a teaching license from the Arkansas State Board of Education.
Students in the school's bachelor's degree program in elementary education usually complete their first two years at North West Arkansas Community College. They then take more education courses at the University of Arkansas and acquire teaching experience. Some courses taken include teaching theory, literature, classroom management and language.
The school also offers a teaching master's degree program with options in childhood education for teaching preschool through fourth grade and secondary education for teaching both middle school and high school. Courses vary by specialization and may include classroom management, writing, diversity and research. There's also an elementary education master's program for experienced teachers.
University of Central Arkansas
Located in Conway, the University of Central Arkansas offers three teaching degrees through its College of Education. Two of these programs prepare graduates for Arkansas teaching licensure, while the other requires applicants to have current licensure.
Designed to prepare graduates to teach preschool through fourth grade, the bachelor's program in elementary education requires general and specialized education courses, along with an internship at a partnered school. The 36-credit master's program in teaching features concentrations in early childhood and middle and secondary grades, and its core education courses examine the practice of teaching, teaching theory and research. Students in this master's program also obtain teaching experience via an internship.
Previously licensed teachers can enroll in the education master's program with a focus in advanced studies in teaching and learning. This 30-credit program highlights research and study in specific early childhood teaching areas, including English as a second language and literacy.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|University of Arkansas||4-year, public; small city|| BS in Education in Elementary Education,
MA in Teaching in Childhood Education,
MA in Teaching in Secondary Education
| $9,130 (in-state),
|University of Central Arkansas||4-year, public; small city|| BS in Education: Elementary Education,
MA in Teaching,
MS in Education: Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership
| $8,752 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator