Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Administrator Licensure

Administrators in Arkansas schools play a key role in the education of all students, being responsible for daily management operations and most importantly, instructional leadership for all. 

The heart of Arkansas’s performance-based licensure system is the Standards for Licensure of Beginning Administrators. These six standards guide the performance-based route encompassing educational leadership, school management, school climate, community relations, curriculum management, and data collection and analysis. 

An administrator license, issued by the state, allows one to serve as an administrator in an Arkansas school district or other state agency or organization requiring an administrator license. 

Three Administrator Licenses

1. Building Level Administrator

2. Curriculum/Program Administrator

  • School leader who is responsible for program development and administration, and/or employment evaluation decisions 
  • Each Curriculum/Program Administrator License is limited to one of the following areas: Special Education (grade level P-12), Gifted and Talented Education (grade level P-12),  Career and Technical Education (grade levels P-12), Adult Education (post-secondary), Content Area Specialist (grade level P-12), Curriculum Specialist (grade level P-12).  
  • Please refer to the Rules Governing Educator Licensure for specifics regarding licensure requirements for Currlculum/Program Administrator.
  • Standard Curriculum Program Administrator Application 2012
  • Curriculum Program Administrator ALCP

3. District Level Administrator

The original application must be completed and filed with the Office of Educator Licensure. 


For more information, please contact:

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


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