Teachers and administrators may add additional areas of licensure by completing requirements as defined on the new additional licensure plans. These additional licensure plans (ALP) are available through the Office of Educator Licensure or they may be downloaded from this website.
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.
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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