Johnny Key

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Teach Chinese in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) collaborates with Hanban and the University of Central Arkansas Confucius Institute (UCA CI) to offer the Teach Chinese in Arkansas program bringing Chinese language and culture to Arkansas schools. Hanban is a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The UCA CI is a non-profit, public organization working under the auspices of Hanban.

The Teach Chinese in Arkansas program has several enhancements for Academic Year (AY) 2015-2016:

  • The foreign language Arkansas Educator Licenses are now for grades kindergarten-12. The licenses were previously for grades 7-12.
  • Chinese teachers with the International Baccalaureate (IB) certification may be available.
  • Hanban and the UCA CI may provide funding and support for an additional year. Adding the third year to a Chinese teacher’s J-1 Visa is contingent upon approval of the UCA CI and the U.S. Department of State.
  • A new Confucius Classroom Grant from Hanban and the UCA CI will be available for districts participating in the Teach Chinese in Arkansas program beginning AY 2015-2016. The grant will include one-time start-up funds of $30,000 for Chinese classroom resources and China Exploratory Interactive Media Equipment. The grant will also provide up to $10,000 in annual operating funds to be used for Chinese classroom resources, forums, conferences, exhibitions, and events related to the Chinese language and culture.

Chinese teachers have master’s degrees in teaching Chinese as a Second Language and make a two-year commitment to teach in Arkansas.  Each is issued an Arkansas Educator License through the Arkansas Professional Pathway for Educator Licensure (APPEL) program. 

Hanban and UCA CI pays $12,000 of each Chinese teacher’s salary. Individual salaries are to be in accordance with the district’s salary scale for a new teacher with a master’s degree (not to be below the state minimum for teachers with master’s degrees).

School districts interested in adding (or continuing to offer) Mandarin Chinese for the AY 2015-2016 are asked to email the ADE (see contact information below) before January 31, 2015.

For more information on the UCA Confucius Institute, please visit:


For more information, please contact:

Michael Rowland, Public School Program Advisor

Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure

Four Capitol Mall, Room 109-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-1146

Fax: 501-683-3312
Dr. Frank Servedio, HQT Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
Four Capitol Mall, Room 109-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-682-4589
Fax: 501-683-3312

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