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How to Become a Teacher in Arkansas: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person interested in teaching might take to become certified to teach in the state of Arkansas. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

To learn facts about teachers' salaries in Arkansas, see here.

Traditional Approach for the Arkansas Teacher Certification

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Teacher preparations. This may include teacher prep courses, student teaching and other types of internships.
  3. Pass your Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Math), Praxis II, and Praxis II (principles of learning).
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Documents from your criminal background check
    • Copies of all your test scores
    • Mail to:
      Office of Professional Licensure
      Arkansas Department of Education
      #4 State Capitol Mall
      Room 106B or Room 107B
      Little Rock, AR 72201
      (501) 682-4475
  5. Do you want to renew your Arkansas Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Arkansas Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another route that can help you to earn your Arkansas Teacher Certification. The Arkansas Non-Traditional Licensure Program allows you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Pass your Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Math), Praxis II, and Praxis II (principles of learning).
  3. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $1200 check payable to Teach Arkansas NTLP (Online application available)
    • Must have a 2.5 GPA with Bachelors degree or 2.75 if Master’s degree over the last 60 hours
    • Resume of work history
    • Copies of all your test scores
    • Mail to:
      Teach Arkansas
      NTL Program Advisor
      501 Woodlane Suite 220 C
      Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
      (501) 682-4475

Sources:

Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/

TeachArkansas.org, http://www.teacharkansas.org/

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