Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Educator Preparation

The Educator Preparation Unit at the Arkansas Department of Education is responsible for approving programs of study that lead to licensure for pre-school through grade 12 teachers, administrators and other school personnel.  

State-Approved Educator Preparation Programs at Arkansas Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

Colleges and universities included in the following links have been approved by the ADE to offer education preparation programs. These education preparation programs must reside in professional education units accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and comply with state standards.  The Specific areas and levels of licensure offered by each institution are indicated. 

Matrix for approved Educator Preparation Programs at IHEs- updated June 26, 2017

STEM Preparation Programs in Arkansas 

UTeach Arkansas is modeled after a successful program and that has participating campuses across the nation.  UTeach introduces undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM) majors to secondary-school teaching by recruiting students and offering degree programs that allow a candidate to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with teacher licensure in 4 years.

Universities offering UTeach in Arkansas

·         University of Central Arkansas - UCA STEMteach

·         University of Arkansas - UAteach

Educator Preparation Program Information at Arkansas Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

Contacts for Educator Preparation Program Information at IHEs

Protocol for the Review and Approval of Programs of Study at Institutions of Higher Education Leading to Educator Licensure or Endorsement in Arkansas  Updated August 10, 2016

Educator Preparation Program Information for Other Providers

Contacts for Educator Preparation Program Information for  Other Providers

Protocol for the Review and Approval of Accelerated Teaching Programs Leading to Licensure in Arkansas  Updated July 19, 2016

Standards for Educator Licensure

For more information, please contact:

Joan Luneau, Educator Preparation Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 112-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-683-6618
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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