Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Background Checks


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Arkansas State, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central registry background checks are required for student teaching internship, first time licensure and all licensure renewals, first employment or change of employment in a public school, charter school, or education service cooperative. 

Arkansas Code Ann. §§ 6-17-410 and 6-17-414 identify the disqualifying offenses.  A summary list may be found at: Disqualifying Offenses (PDF).

State and Federal Criminal Records Check

Links to Step-by-Step Instructions for:

  • Employers (School Districts/Charter Schools, Cooperatives, Vendors) and Educator Preparation Programs (for Pre-service Teachers) paying for the state and federal criminal records check.
  • In-State Applicant for Employment, Licensure/Renewal, or Pre-Service Teacher paying for your own state and federal criminal records check.
  • Out-of-State Applicant for Licensure by Reciprocity paying for your own state and federal criminal records check.

Additional Information for Federal Criminal Records Check: 

Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check:

School District Instructions for Classified Employee Waivers

For more information, please contact:

Clara Toney, Public School Program Advisor
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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