Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Routes to Teacher Licensure/Preparation


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Learn about the various routes to educator licensure by using this interactive infographic.  You may also click on the video below to learn about traditional and non-traditional routes to licensure.

Find an Approved Educator Preparation Program

The Matrix for Approved Educator Preparation Programs at Institutions of Higher Education can be used to explore licensure programs.  The matrix is updated regularly.  For more information contact the Institution of Higher Education.  For information on Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs contact the MAT coordinator.

Non-IHE alternative preparation programs are for individuals interested in Arkansas educator licensure who already hold a bachelor's degree or higher.  Unlike MAT programs, non-IHE alternative preparation programs do not lead to college credit.

STEM Preparation Programs in Arkansas

UTeach Arkansas is modeled after a successful program and that has participating campuses across the nation.  UTeach introduces undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM) majors to secondary school teaching by recruiting students and offering degree programs that allow a candidate to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with teacher licensure in 4 years.

Universities offering UTeach in Arkansas



For more information, please contact:

Joan Luneau, Educator Preparation Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 112-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-683-6618
Fax: 501-682-1193
Melissa Jacks, Educator Licensure Coordinator
Office of Educator Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 106-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-4342
Fax:  501-682-4898

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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