From kindergarten to post-secondary, every child deserves to be surrounded by a team of excellent educators every year.
Ensuring Equitable Access in Arkansas Schools is part of a larger initiative across the United States designed to move America toward the day when every student in every public school is taught by excellent educators. The Department of Education is committed to assisting school districts with finding excellent educators. This process, which is outlined in the diagram below, involves attracting high quality candidates to the profession, providing rigorous and relevant preparation, supporting educators to maximize effectiveness, and extending opportunities to retain the best teachers.
The Office of Educator Effectiveness includes the following programs; Educator Induction/Mentoring, Beginning Administrator Program, Master Principal Program, National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL) Program, and Recruitment and Retention.
The Office of Educator Licensure is responsible for the licensure of all Arkansas educators. The unit processes applications and provides technical assistance to educators who are seeking an Arkansas Educator License through one of the approved avenues of preparation. The Office of Educator Licensure also includes the following programs: Educator Preparation, Highly Qualified Teachers, Teach Chinese in Arkansas, and the Teaching in Taiwan Program. Links to each aspect of the licensure process can be found on the Educator Licensure page.
The Professional Licensure Standards Board recommends college requirements for licensed teachers to the State Board of Education and reviews the audits of teacher education programs to assure alignment with State Board licensing requirements. The PLSB also investigates ethics complaints against teachers.
NOTE: The Office of Human Resources has moved to Fiscal and Administrative Services.
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