Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Background Check Requirements

 
 
 
 

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:

 

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
Email: Clara.Toney@arkansas.gov

State Standards

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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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