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Provisional Professional Teaching License

 

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The Provisional Professional Teaching License is a three-year, provisional Educator license issued to an experienced professional for the purpose of teaching on a part-time or full-time basis as teacher-of-record in an Arkansas public school.

To obtain a Provisional Professional Teaching License for middle childhood grades (4-8) Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies or secondary grades (7-12) content areas, a candidate must:

  • Provide an official transcript reflecting a Bachelor’s Degree from an institution of higher education that is regionally or nationally accredited by an accrediting organization that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Document a minimum of three (3) years of working experience in the specific content area of the class to be taught.  Verification should be completed by previous employer listing specific job duties and dates.
  • Provide documentation of an offer of employment to teach classes for credit in an Arkansas public school.
  • Submit a statement of justification expressing the relevance of the applicant’s specific experience/credentials to teach the content subject area.   
  • Have two (2) professional letters of recommendation relating to content area experience submitted by references to the Office of Educator Licensure.
  • Pass all appropriate state-mandated basic skills assessments for the specific licensure area(s) sought.
  • Pass the appropriate state required content knowledge exam(s) for the content area to be taught. 
  • Clear the required Arkansas State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Child Maltreatment Central Registry background checks.
  • Submit an application requesting the Provisional Professional Teaching license.
  • Submit the professional development training for child maltreatment, teen suicide prevention, and parental involvement.  Arkansas History professional development must also be completed when licensing in any Middle Childhood or Secondary Social Studies area.

The holder of a Provisional Professional Teaching License shall complete twenty-four (24) hours of training in pedagogy as determined by the ADE in the first year of licensure.  These twenty-four (24) hours of training in pedagogy shall be in addition to and not considered a part of the professional development required for teachers by state law or by their employing public school district.  The Provisional Professional Teaching License shall be revoked if the professional fails to obtain the required training within one (1) year of the date of licensure.  Training provided on the Frameworks for Teaching may count as the pedagogy hours.

Conversion to a Standard Teaching License

The Provisional Professional Teaching License will be converted to the standard, five-year educator license upon providing documentation of:

  • Having completed the third year of teaching under the Provisional Professional Teaching License.
  • Undergoing a summative evaluation at the end each year of the three (3) years of provisional licensure. 
  • Successful completion of the required pedagogy assessment for the licensure area.
  • Is identified by the employing school district as proficient or above on a summative evaluation under 6-17-2805, for the third year of provisional licensure.
  • Is recommended for full licensure by the superintendent of the employing school district.
  • Paying the applicable licensure fee.
  • Submitting an application requesting the five-year, standard educator license.

Application for Provisional Professional Teaching License

Applicants for the Provisional Professional Teaching license are encouraged to contact the Office of Educator Licensure at 501-682-4342 for information on the required testing for any licensure area they may be interested in or for clarification on the required background checks.

All applications along with the required documentation will be sent to the Office of Educator Licensure.  Please submit the application, official transcripts, letter of justification and verification of content specific work experience for evaluation before proceeding with additional requirements.

For more information, please go to Rules Governing Educator Licensure and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

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