Teachers and administrators may add an additional area of licensure to the standard Arkansas teaching license. The Additional Licensure Plan will need to be filed with your school district and with the Office of Educator Licensure only if you are teaching out of area. If you are not teaching out of area, the ALP will be used only as a guide for how to add additional areas of licensure. To add an area through an ALP or ALCP, please see the instructions and requirements at Licensure Exceptions.
New Exam for Adding Elementary Education (K-6) or Special Education (K-12) by Program of Study: In addition to current requirements, an applicant for an Elementary Education (K-6) or a Special Education (K-12) license who is adding the area by a program of study, and begins the program of study or pathway in or after the Fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year shall pass the Foundations of Reading Test. (Act 416 of 2017) The link to the testing website will be provided as soon as it is available.
Teachers and administrators interested in adding an additional area of licensure are encouraged to refer to the Rules Governing Educator Licensure that pertain to adding areas of licensure as adopted by the State Board of Education. The definition section of the rules and regulations for additional areas will be helpful. Pay particular attention to those additional areas of licensure defined as exception areas. These areas cannot be added by testing out. They can be added only by completing the program of study and the required Praxis assessment.
In addition, individuals holding an educator license in the Ancillary Student Services areas of School Psychology Specialist, Speech Pathology, and in Adult Education, may not add areas of licensure without completing a program of study to include an internship/student teaching for an area of general education, the required Praxis II specialty area exam(s) and the “Principles of Learning and Teaching” at the appropriate level.
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