Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Educator Effectiveness and Licensure

Redesign of the Educator Effectiveness Pages

The redesign of the Educator Effectiveness pages will go live on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017! The goal is to provide pages that are more informative and user-friendly. Sections will include Becoming a Teacher or School Leader, Educator Licensure, Educator Support & Development, and Educator Workforce Resources & Data.

Excellent Educators for All

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 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.

Micro-credentials for Educators allows educators to earn micro-credentials by demonstrating competency of a skill or skill set in their classroom. Certification confirms that he or she has demonstrated competency in a specific skill, such as data literacy, teacher leadership or growth mindset. Micro-credentials promote learning by doing. 

NOTE: The Office of Human Resources has moved to Fiscal and Administrative Services.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jeremy Owoh, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 103-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-682-4210
Fax: 501-682-1193
Barbara Culpepper, Unit Programs Coordinator
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 103-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4311
Fax: 501-682-1193

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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ESEA Flexibility

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